Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Shoe Is Now On The Other Foot

In one of his famous tweets, private citizen Donald Trump in September, 2013 contended "The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria, fix U.S.A."

At a debate two years later, GOP presidential contender Trump stated

“I wouldn’t have drawn the line, but once he drew it, he had no choice but to go across.  Somehow, [Obama] just doesn’t have courage. There is something missing from our president. Had he crossed the line and really gone in with force, done something to Assad, if he had gone in with tremendous force, you wouldn’t have millions of people displaced all over the world.

Nearly a year later, in an attempt to tar Hillary Clinton with Barack Obama's controversial policy in Syria, the GOP nominee at the second presidential debate stated "Obama draws the line in the sand. It was laughed at all over the world what happened."

Donald Trump is now President and

The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump's team is in the "beginning stages" of discussing a plan to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Mr Trump said repeatedly during the election campaign that he intended to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, despite warnings the move would violate international law and destroy the peace process.

However, one terrorist group is not amused- or intimidated- as Politico reports

A spokesperson for the Gaza-based militant group Hamas said moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would add “more oil to the fire” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Osama Hamdan, also a senior leader in the group, said Palestinians will not abandon Jerusalem during an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show Upfront that's set to air Friday.

“Now if there was changes or the United States administration try to make a change in the status of Jerusalem, of course that will mean an action from the Palestinian side and no one can control that,” he said. “[Trump] has to make a choice whether he wants to create peace in the region or he wants to add more oil on the fire."

Who's laughing now? Certainly not the individual who has drawn his own line in the sand- and had it erased by Hamas.

Trump ridiculed Obama for drawing the red line in the sand, then backing down (although he got something better with both Syria and Iran).  Now Hamas is daring him to follow through on his campaign promise, and we will find whether Donald Trump is true to his word or determined to lead a pitiful, helpless giant.

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