Trump does not intend to start Iraq war 2.0. --->
President Donald Trump’s apparent change of direction regarding the Syrian conflict does not include a nation building mission that would force Syria’s Bashar al-Assad out of office, the UK Telegraph reported on 4/7.
The missile strikes, as of press time, will not lead to further military intervention. Rather, the missile blitz was a message to the Chinese dictator Xi Jimping (who was meeting with Trump at the time) and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The attack also served as a means to destroy the Russian collusion narrative.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said after the strikes that the president’s main focus will be defeating the Islamic State in Syria.
Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell said the foreign aggression was symbolic: “I don’t interpret this as a first step toward anything else in particular other than trying to eliminate or at least make sure [Syria] knows what the consequences are for doing this.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Trump does not plan on changing “our policy or our posture relative to our military activities in Syria…There has been no change in that status.”
However, national security adviser H.R. McMaster has reportedly been maneuvering the president behind the scenes towards a full-scale invasion that would spark another version of the Iraq war.
Ivanka and Jared Kushner might also be pushing nationalistic figures such as Steve Bannon out of the White House, while slithering their way to the top of the administration to neutralize the president’s “America first” agenda.