Last Thursday, President Trump launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian air base in what initially appeared to be a betrayal to his campaign promises of no intervention, no World War III, and no more regime change in the Middle East.
After all, President Trump routinely referenced the deceased dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, asserting that had the U.S. not deposed him in favor of regime change, the power vacuum that lead to the creation of ISIS and contributed to the Syrian civil war would have never formed.
In the moments immediately following the strike, the feeling of betrayal was palpable, as President Trump appeared to be doing exactly what Hillary Clinton would have done in his shoes: risk a third World War with Russia to topple President Assad.
However, as more information came to light, a clearer picture of this strike was formed.
1. The strike was launched as Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade and North Korea…