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Donald Trump is not likely to bring about a regime change in Syria, but the Pentagon is reportedly more worried about his erratic “Twitter tirades”.
Trump did engage in a strike against Syria first with allies Britain and France, but avoided a direct conflict with Russia in Syria.
It all started ominously with Trump telling Russia to “get ready” for a war, but calmer voices prevailed and Trump quieted down to claim he’d never tweeted anything beyond “Could be very soon or not so soon at all”.
Trump’s confrontational stance turned the trick with North Korea, when President Kim Jong-on asked to meet with him, but Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad has is not backing down.
As matters stand today, the Assad regime has regained control of Ghouta while the rest of the country stands steadfastly with him against US incursions. But the Pentagon is reportedly sure this crisis will end once Trump comes face to face with Putin.
The US strike was unsuccessful in that nothing was gained, but the Pentagon doesn’t appear to be too worried about the way things have panned out. The carefully crafted Israeli attack on Syrian and Iranian positions in Syria didn’t work to plan either, but it isn’t clear what the plan was. Speculated is that it was just a test to see how quickly Russia, Iran and Syria could redeploy if there were more western strikes.
What reportedly worries the Pentagon most is the possibility of retaliatory chemical attacks if Moscow continues to stand by the Syrian regime. There is very little possibility that it won’t the since Syria is as important to Russia as Israel is to the US.
The Pentagon feels it has the upper hand, but is not comfortable with the situation. What appears to worry the US military most, are Trump’s “impulses”, coupled with hawks like John Bolton as an advisor and former CIA director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State.
Trump is now expected to move from Syria on to Iran to renegotiate the nuclear deal, which action visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, is said to oppose.
All options remain open if Trump rejects Marcon’s advice and stays adamant on a new nuclear deal with Iran, despite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s warning it would resume nuclear enrichment should the US persist with following the Trump doctrine.