We ARE In Syria — Why Trump’s Rhetoric Is The Perfect Distraction

 

“We’re not going into Syria” – The latest quote of the day from Donald Trump is clearly a lifeline to reel his supporters back in, but it is such a false statement, that I don’t even know where to begin…

Just last month, the U.S. increased its presence in Syria by at least 400 troops. This comes in addition to the 503 that were already stationed in the country.

But then the Pentagon announced that it will no longer disclose the number of troops being deployed on the ground in Syria… Uh, wait, whose tax dollars are they using to pay for that war again?

This comes in addition to the thousands of air strikes the U.S. has launched into Syria over the last few years, costing American taxpayers millions of dollars. *That sounds like we’re in Syria to me*

And it’s not like we’re actually helping anything… in addition to the barrage of air strikes that have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, the United States’ version of “helping,” has included arming and training various rebels groups. Not only have those programs failed miserably, but several of those “moderate” rebels have taken their weapons and their training, and they’ve gone on to join ISIS.

if Russia was launching airstrikes and had several hundred troops stationed in the U.S., we would call it what it is—war.

The truth is that we are in Syria and we have been in Syria. To claim otherwise is absolutely insane.

When he was on the campaign trail, Trump called out the Obama Administration for creating the perfect environment for ISIS to flourish in Syria. Now, no matter what Trump claims and his supporters choose to believe, as long as the U.S. is still pushing for the overthrow of Assad, which is great for ISIS, Trump is simply picking up where Obama left off.


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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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