TRUMP’S RED LINE

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.”

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Pres­i­dent Trump’s bomb­ing in Syria has brought him ac­co­lades from across the globe, on both sides of the aisle and from jour­nal­ists.

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