Press Secretary Inadvertently Promises War With Syria Then Has To Walk It Back
Not just once, but two times during Sean Spicer’s Monday presser, he said that the Trump administration would respond in kind if the Syrian governement used barrell bombs. The problem is that Assad and his government have been regularly using barrell bombs in areas filled with civilians for the entire conflict. Some say on a daily basis. When asked if the Trump administration was willing to declare a ‘red line’ the way that the Obama administration did Spicer responded:
I think the president has been very clear that there are a number of lines that were crossed last week. He’s not going to sit down — you saw this with the last administration, they drew these red lines, and then the red lines were run over. … The answer is that if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president. That is unacceptable.
The statement was clearly another example of the Trump administration being less than familiar with something they’re supposed to be briefing the American press on. Almost immediately after the statements were made other individuals within the administration began walking the comments back.
Meanwhile in Syria, the government forces seem to have been emboldened by last weeks conflict rather than frightened. Some opposition forces even claim that chlorine has been used since last weeks air strike.
Perhaps the problem is that international politics is just as complicated as every other president in history has admitted. There are often many different parties involved who tell many different stories about what is actually happening on the other side of the world. The solution it seems to world peace is not simply “winning.”