With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia on Syria Than Obama Was

The civil war in Syria began in 2011 and escalated for five years during the Obama presidency, yet President Obama – despite demands from leaders of both parties and think tanks across the spectrum – never once bombed Syrian government targets. Although the CIA under Obama spent $1 billion per year to covertly train and fund Assad’s enemies, it was never close to enough to topple Assad: just enough to keep the war going.

But Obama never bombed Assad or his military assets: a...

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