On Tuesday April 4th, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical gas attack on his own people, slaughtering children in horrific fashion and shocking the world in the process. But at least one person didn’t appear to have been surprised or caught off guard. The usually politically tongue-tied Trump had an unusually eloquent verbal response ready to go. More relevantly, he’d already begun building up U.S. troops in Syria just before the gas attack.
Senator Chris Murphy said “No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret” in a Huffington Post op-ed he wrote just ten days before the gas attack in Syria (link). Then, on her MSNBC show this week, Rachel Maddow also emphasized the unusual nature of the U.S. military refusing to disclose how many troops it was positioning in Syria. This buildup conveniently put the U.S. military in an ideal position to launch any response it wanted to the gas attack – but that gas attack came with no warning.
So did Donald Trump, despite his total lack of military experience and his consistent unwillingness to listen to military experts, just happen to make a prescient random guess that Assad was about to launch the kind of uniquely horrifying attack on the children of his own nation, such that it would dictate an immediate U.S. military response? And why did Trump insist on keeping that troop buildup such a secret that even a U.S. Senator on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was unable to get his hands on a deployment count?
This goes back to my earlier working theory that the Syria gas attack and Donald Trump’s military response simply don’t add up, unless Vladimir Putin orchestrated all of it in order to help a faltering Trump get back on his political feet (link). I don’t want to be right about this. But the preponderance of the evidence says I probably am. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report