Though not too well versed in foreign policy, even “the Don” understands that even if Obama’s galactically stupid policy to overthrow Assad with “friendly” Al Qaeda and ISIS trained US forces succeeds, the outcome for Syria and the Middle East will be infinitely worse than by simply working with Assad to defeat radical forces, and then transition to a more peaceful government in Syria.
Of course Obama’s big pickle is that by following this absolutely logical train of thought, he would have to attack and destroy the very beast (ISIS and Al Qaeda) that his administration created, funded, and provided weapons to for the past four years.
Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.<
Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see him as the source of Syria’s current crisis, Trump told NBC’s “Today” program: “I side with the group that says if Russia wants to go and fight ISIS, you should let them as opposed to saying were jealous we don’t want you to do that.”
Asked about whether Assad was the source of the country’s ills, Trump said it was not clear and questioned who would replace him if he were ousted.
“The people that want to come in and replace Assad, nobody knows who they are and they could end up being worse,” he said. “We’re constantly going out and siding with people and they turn out to be worse than the people who were there before.”
In other words, Trump has no idea here either but what he does know is that the US habitually makes the same basic mistake in the Mid-East when considerations of geopolitical expediency lead Washington to oust Arab strongmen only to watch in horror as subsequent puppet governments crumble and are eventually replaced or at least partially supplanted by something far worse than the regime the US helped to overthrow. Meanwhile it is of course the people of these countries who suffer as is clearly evident in Syria.
So say what you will about Trump and foreign policy, but at least he understands that much and indeed, an honest understanding of that basic concept may have been all that was needed to avoid the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Syria.