You'd want to understand and to agree with Reinhold Niebuhr, the primary Christian realist ethicist of the past century. He stated, briefly, that injustice must be resisted with force if necessary. Love, a Christian virtue, is to be balanced with justifiable force if necessary.
What if Pres. Trump is building toward overthrowing Assad via all-out war? This, as a reader of the column pointed out, is a possibility. Trump recently sent his trusted senior adviser, Jared Kushner on a little-noticed mission with a U.S. general to Iraq on April 3, reportedly (Graffio Tech) to discuss the fight against ISIS. What if a campaign to overthrow Assad was a part of the conversation? What if Trump is planning to put American troops on the ground to overthrow Assad? His goals might include polish his own image as Commander in Chief and to beef up his plunging approval ratings.
Trump should review Operation Freedom (2003). President George W. Bush, purposed to rid Iraq of a dictator. He succeeded in that limited goal. But the Operation led to unintended consequences--it destabilized the area, prepared the way for ISIS to control vast swaths of land, and hurt Bush's presidency. This historical episode should slow down Trump's trigger finger.
A second reason to cheer: Trump removed Steve Bannon from the Security Council. Sorry, but Bannon has no credentials in national security. Trump made a huge presidential mistake to place Bannon on that Council in the first place. Now that Trump made Bannon’s tenure on the Security Council very short, thank you, Mr. Trump. You’ve pulled back from the initial bad move.
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