Donald Trump seems to have an affinity for posting tweets that do not age well. But this one, from 2014, takes the cake:
Tens of millions of dollars in airstrikes had no impact because key leaders fled after hearing ON NEWS REPORTS the strikes were coming. DUMB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2014
Trump reportedly spent $60 million to replace the 59 Tomahawk missiles that he dropped on a Syrian air base.
Not only was the attack costly, but ineffective. As reported by CNBC, the United States notified the Russians – who were stationed alongside Syrian forces in Syria – that the attack was imminent.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in an official statement: “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.”
Immediately following the American strike, Syrian airplanes once again took off from the same air base that had been targeted—a clear commentary on the ineffectiveness of Trump’s attack.
After spending tens of millions of dollars on a mission that was more to salvage Trump’s floundering approval ratings than to damage a Syrian air base, the Trump administration actually notified the opposition that the attack was coming.
Trump called it best himself: “dumb.”
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.