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Donald Trump learns you can't always be unpredictable in a war
by Nathan'ette Burdine: April 10, 2017

Donald Trump has learned that there are no secrets in war and that you have to tell a nation when you are about to drop bombs on their civilians and military men and women.

During his press conference last Wednesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Trump told a reporter that he was not going to tell him or anyone else what he was going to do about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gassing and killing his own people.

This is in line with what Trump said during the presidential campaign. A major criticism that Trump had about our military campaigns is that we told the enemy when we were coming.

Reuters quoted Trump as saying about Generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, “They were winners, unpredictable, and not especially nice guys.”

Being “unpredictable” is something Trump prides himself on. But last Thursday, he learned that the president can’t always be predictable.

Before ordering that 59 bombs light up the Syrian night sky, the U.S. called the Russians in order to warn them of the attack so they and their ally, Syria, would not be in harm’s way.

Needless to say, neither the Russians or the Syrians were happy about the fact that Tomahawk missiles were about to rain down upon the Syrian’s Airforce bases.

According to Reuters, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned the U.S. that it was close to getting into a battle with the Russian military which will not bode well for either side.

The Russians, however, have not tried to ease the tension between the two nations. On Saturday, they shut down the communications line that is used to prevent a clash between the U.S. and the Russians.

Some of Donald Trump’s folks have said that despite the bombings, Trump’s policy towards Syria hasn’t changed.

If this is the case, then that means Assad will remain in power. And this could mean a growing problem that the next president will have to deal with.

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