TRUMP’S RED LINE
One president now gets to pick up after another’s mess. President Trump’s surgically accurate bombing in Syria has brought him accolades from around the globe, and from unexpected sources on both sides of the aisle. Even a few journalists stepped up to approve.
And no wonder. Mr. Trump has set both a practical and moral tone for the nation’s defensive posture — an important step in his bid to make America great again, keep campaign promises and bolster morale. But follow-up tasks and maintenance work on the faded “red lines” of the previous administration are now in order. This portends to be a long march.
“There’s a new administration in charge of our national security policy. I applaud the president for doing what he did to enforce that red line that President Obama drew three years ago, but did nothing to enforce,” Sen. John Cornyn told “Fox News Sunday.” The Texas Republican vows to work with fellow lawmakers and the White House on long-term strategy with bipartisan support.
“Can Trump clean up Obama’s mess in Syria?” asks a new Investors Business Daily editorial. “President Trump, his hands full in his first 100 days, now must figure out what to do about the Mideast mess that President Obama and his two secretaries of state left — a result of one of the most inept foreign-policy maneuvers in modern history.”
The op-ed cited both former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. And not in a happy way.
“Obama’s strategy is a shambles,” the news organization notes. “The result is chaos and violence across the Mideast, and millions of displaced people and refugees overwhelming Lebanon, Jordan and other Mideastern countries, along with Europe. It is one of the most destabilizing policy moves by a president ever, rivaling even LBJ’s Vietnam buildup in the damage it’s done. When President Obama peremptorily departed a then-mostly-stable Iraq in 2011, he left a power vacuum across a wide swath of Iraq and into northern Syria. Politics abhors a vacuum, and it was filled by ISIS, Russia and Turkey. We’re paying for Obama’s failures today.”
President Trump’s bombing in Syria has brought him accolades from across the globe, on both sides of the aisle and from journalists.