It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s record with regard to strikes on the Bashar al-Assad regime is… how should we put this?… really, really schizophrenic.
See, back in 2013 when the Obama administration was considering using military force against the regime in Damascus to deter the (further) use of chemical weapons against civilians in the country’s then-three-year-old civil war, Trump said this:
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your "powder" for another (and more important) day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2013
Well needless to say, he’s changed his mind about the relative merits of using cruise missiles to punish folks for deploying poison gas.
And while it’s difficult (scratch that, “impossible” is better) to know what the whole story is behind the administration’s abrupt change of heart with regard to Assad (yes, “dead babies” probably played a role, but one certainly imagines there were “other” considerations discussed behind the scenes), it’s worth noting that back in December 2015, then-candidate Trump didn’t seem to see what’s so wrong with “throwing a little gas”…
— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2017