As Donald Trump was giving orders to our military to attack Syria last night, a retired 4-star general was explaining to Americans what a bad idea it was.
In an appearance on MSNBC Thursday night, respected General Barry McCaffrey spoke with host Chris Matthews about what the consequences might be for an attack against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. When Matthews asked McCaffrey why the United States might retaliate and attack Assad’s regime for his chemical weapons attack on Tuesday, the general said:
“I don’t think there is an argument. I think it would be a mistake to conduct limited political signaling using naval airpower or F-16s flying out of some place in the region.”
Then, the highly-decorated general blasted Trump for his weak, disappointing response to what was happening in Syria. McCaffrey, placing the blame on Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said:
“Military power invites unknown consequences when you carry it out. The question might be, why don’t we consider significant humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in border regions of Turkey and Jordan and Iraq in lieu of ineffectual military strikes?”
Then McCaffrey sent America a dire warning. Acknowledging the fact that Trump is way out of his league, the former Army general cautioned that a U.S. military strike might cause Assad allies like Russia and Iran to retaliate:
“…the consequences of that, might be Iranian revolutionary guards killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and Hezbollah going after the Israelis.”
McCaffrey is absolutely right to shred Trump for his response to Syria – Trump is acting every bit like a president that has zero military history and he is putting America in a dangerous position with his incompetence.
You can watch General McCaffrey’s interview below:
Four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey criticizes Trump’s rush to military involvement in Syria: pic.twitter.com/GwNHV5kyGU
— Sean Colarossi (@SeanColarossi) April 6, 2017