What The Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About Trump’s War in Syria

On today’s edition of “Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?” the President of the United States and the mainstream media are finally admitting that the U.S. played a definite role in the rise of ISIS, but the most important part of this story is the part they are not telling you.

From the moment Bashar Al-Assad dropped the U.S. dollar in 2006, the United States government began its mission to overthrow him—a fate both Hussein in Iraq and Gaddafi in Libya experienced after they dropped the dollar.

Just as the Bush Administration claimed Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the Obama Administration claimed Assad was using chemical weapons on his own people in Syria.

Because the Iraq War turned out to be such a miserable failure, it was not nearly as easy to sell Americans on the idea that because some other government somewhere was allegedly torturing its people, the U.S. had just cause to intervene, so the CIA took the reigns and created its own army in Syria.

It is incredibly important to remember that at the same time the U.S. began pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into programs to arm and train so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels in an attempt to overthrow Assad, another terrorist group emerged that also wanted to overthrow Assad,  called ISIS. They came to the forefront incredibly well armed and trained. Yet it was not until this last week that the mainstream media would admit that any correlations between the two were anything more than a crazy conspiracy theory.

As media reports have indicated, and as Trump has confirmed—on Twitter, of course—these programs to arm and train Syrian rebels have reportedly come to an end. Now, while many people will give Trump kudos for this decision, I still don’t agree with his foreign policy in the Middle East—and here’s why:

When it came to the Bush Administration, the media works hand in hand with the U.S. government in order to sell the lie that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Then when it came to the Obama Administration, the media works hand in hand with the government once again to sell the story that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people—even though there was no definitive proof.

Now, with the Trump Administration, the media is once again working with the government, but this time it is to cover up the massive increase in civilian casualties that have occurred in the Middle East as a result of the administration’s foreign policy.

In just 6 months, Trump is already on track to kill more civilians in Syria alone than the Obama Administration did over the course of several years.

When you look at the mainstream media’s relationship with Trump, it is easy to see a lot of animosity, and to assume that the media would hold Trump accountable for his actions. But the fact is that until the media begins holding the U.S. government accountable for the massive number of innocent civilians it kills on a daily basis, it is just another reminder that they are all on the same side—and that is something everyone should be talking about.

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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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