zorobabel wrote:It seems like Trump doesn't want Syria retaking its border with Iraq and is willing to bomb Syria-allied forces in order prevent it.
This is not TRump "who wants".. is about pentagon instead. and the
war mongers in US military. TRump gave plenty of freedom to Mattis
(because he have not much control of its government anyway)
to conduct the policy on Syria . So if the Pentagon or anyone in US coalition
like Jordan attacks Syrian army is not exactly a Trump thing. BY now should be
clear that Trump is still not fully in control of US policy and they seeking to impeach him and is not for nothing. I suspect that TRump soft stance on Syria
and Russia have something to do. Even when TRump bombed Syria , weeks ago , it warned Russia of the attack hours before according to Putin himself in an interview later. So it looks like Trump is trying to get a policy balanced in middle east ,that will allow the Pentagon to get something from Syria while at the same time allowing Russia and Syria to continue operating and liberating territory. Trump even shared information about ISIS with Russia ,at the annoyance of the congress , so to label Pentagon policy in Syria as a TRump
thing will be a mistake. For me will prefer that all terrorist wiped ,including FSA
but he needs to appease to the Pentagon demands too. If trump want to reverse the Syrian conflict completely and help Assad it will need to go against its own Generals and Pentagon and earn more enemies to impeach him. The last thing Trump will like to do is go against its own Pentagon in defense of RUssia and Assad. So the president is being pushed in directions ,and the best he can do is minimize the hostilities in Syria between Russia and US a little.
And try to focus on ISIS instead. Is not like Hillary clinton no fly zones , she promoted at all with the total destruction of Syria ,what the Pentagon wanted.
After seeing all the things Trump have to deal ,all the resistance to his government from all media ,and vast majority of both political parties ,including his own , is safe to say ,that Presidents are just puppets in US and they do not implement policy at all. they can only modify a bit things but not completely reverse US foreign policy. The biggest difference between Trump and Obama ,over Syria is that Obama did not care at all about Syrians or their sponsor of terrorism , and that Trump shows some resistance to continue with Obama policies. If he bombs today again a military base with Tomahawks it could be just a symbolical thing ,as the previous attack one was. and keep his enemies quiet about him being a "Russian agent". Maybe TRump give up with trying to resist the elite policies , after being blackmailed with jail .. for example. but until now ,is clear there is a fight to try to get rid of Trump from white house by congress and his respect for Russia and softer policies in Syria have something to do with it. because Syria is the most important policy of US at the moment. the only place they can bleed Russia and punish it.