April 16, 2018
We’re going to Make Syria Great Again! (America will have to wait!)
President Emmanuel Macron asserted Sunday that Paris had convinced Donald Trump to stay engaged in Syria “for the long-term”, adding that French air strikes did not amount to a declaration of war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged international powers to now push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.
“We have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” the 40-year-old centrist said at the start of a combative TV interview, stretching nearly three hours, to mark almost a year in office.
But Macron again argued his first major military intervention as president was necessary to send a signal that the use of chemical weapons against civilians would not go unpunished.
Firing 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a country (for the second time) and threatening to send even more is not part of a “war,” folks.
2 minutes of truth about US intervention in Syria from Jeffrey Sachs @JeffDSachs is worth more than 98 percent of the bullshit we are hearing on TV — worth clicking on this: pic.twitter.com/T503g2oL1d
— Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot) April 12, 2018
Our leaders just care deeply that civilians are massacred with conventional weapons instead of chemical ones (as is happening in Yemen at the hands of our great ally the Saudis and in Gaza with our greatest ally Israel).
UPDATE: White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders pushed back against Macron’s claims:
“The U.S. mission has not changed — the President has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible. We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition, we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region.”
This article was posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:43 am