CNN’s international expert Fareed Zakaria told Friday morning’s “New Day” panel that the strike against the Syrian military in Homs Thursday night may have been an “intelligent” decision, but it will do little to stop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Zakaria explained that former President Barack Obama likely didn’t act on his “red line” because he knew the degree to which it would obligate the U.S.
“The statement is about the use of chemical weapons,” he said about President Donald Trump’s rationale behind the air strikes. “My point is the statement is not about getting rid of Assad because this really doesn’t do much to change that and Assad will continue and will continue, frankly, to kill women and children, probably using barrel bombs and artillery shells rather than chemical weapons.”
He went on to say that the question becomes how the U.S. will involve itself in a Syrian civil war now that Trump has put his “thumb on the scale.”
“If you put your thumb on the scale as the United States of America, do you have to follow through?” he asked. “Do we need to win in the sense of making sure that the Assad regime is in some way toppled, ousted, ushered out? And if not, will we look six months from now, a year from now, will we look weaker and more impotent because this was President Obama’s great worry, if you put your thumb on the scale and you don’t win, what does that look like?”
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Trump’s first term: hits and misses
"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?
Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.
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The economy will be Trump's major selling point.
GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.
Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.
Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.
The racist roots of American policing
But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.
There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.
Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re Going to Fight to Repeal the Hyde Amendment’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:
“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "