Former CIA operative and intelligence analyst Robert Baer told CNN on Saturday night that President Donald Trump’s administration has no idea how complicated the situation in Syria is and that our nation is rushing headlong into a “quagmire” of unintended consequences by engaging the country militarily.
“How confident are you that President Trump will stick with this apparently new position on Syria now?” anchor Ana Cabrera asked Baer.
“It seems to me a big shift here, this attacking Syria,” said Baer. “We’ve never done that before in Syria’s history, period. We’ve always avoided that country.”
“There is an ethnic sectarian division there,” he explained, ” that we were always afraid to touch. This goes back to World War II, in fact. The French could never control that country. And, again, I go back to the fact that Bashar al Assad is a spokesman for the Alawite minority. You can remove him today and you might get somebody that’s much worse.”
He went on, “I don’t think this administration, the Trump administration, understands the complexity of Syria. We are heading into a quagmire of enormous consequences with Iran and Russia on the ground. This is not going well.”
State Department officials and others have warned that without a coherent strategy, Thursday night’s attack was merely “fancy fireworks.” However, the Trump administration has not announced what its policy or strategy decisions will be going forward.
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Michael Steele hilariously shreds the RNC for spending $100K on Donald Trump Jr’s ‘dumb book nobody’s going to read’
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, trashed the organization he once led over revelations that donor money was used to boost sales of Donald Trump Jr.'s new book.
The former RNC chair told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he wasn't a bit surprised by the reports, and said the GOP organization has been absolutely corrupted by President Donald Trump.
"Of course it was the RNC -- SOBs," Steele said. "Oh my god."
"Look, let me just tell you how screwed up this is," he continued. "Before I became national chairman, I had written a book on how the Republican Party can regroup after the 2008 shellacking, after the 2006, you know, bang-up at the polls, and move the party forward, and people looked at me and said, 'How dare you write a book and try to profit off of the RNC.'"
The end of King Bibi? Indicted Netanyahu fights for future
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu's indictment on corruption charges prompted speculation Friday that the end of his decade-long tenure as 'King Bibi' is nigh.
The Jewish state woke up to an indicted sitting prime minister for the first time, after the country's attorney general announced late Thursday he had charged the 70-year-old with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.
After months of speculation Avichai Mandelblit's decision was the worst possible outcome for Netanyahu, hitting him with the most serious charges.
Israel's longest-serving premier swiftly hit back, vowing to fight on and accusing the police and legal system of bias against the right-wing in an often angry speech.
First Saudi woman driver to race car in kingdom
Sliding behind the wheel of a sleek electric SUV, Reema Juffali is set to blaze a trail in male-dominated motor sports as the first Saudi woman to race in the kingdom.
Such adrenalin rushes were unimaginable for women in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom until June last year, when it overturned the world's only ban on female motorists as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging liberalization drive.
Juffali, a 27-year-old who made her motoring debut just months after the decades-old ban ended, will compete Friday and Saturday in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, an all-electric race in Diriyah, close to the capital Riyadh.