When in doubt, bomb Syria
The only thing that Trump has done so far that the establishment has approved of, beside promises to cut taxes on the wealthy, is to bomb Syria. Yesterday he did it again.
American warplanes in Syria attacked a pro-government convoy on Thursday after it ignored warnings and violated a restricted zone around a base where United States and British Special Forces train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, Pentagon officials said....
On Thursday, American officials said, more than 20 vehicles drove within 18 miles of the al-Tanf base in southern Syria housing the American and British Special Forces, breaching the so-called deconfliction zone radius around the encampment.
Low-flying American aircraft buzzed the convoy and fired a warning strike, trying to get the vehicles to reverse course, the Pentagon officials said, but when the convoy continued, the planes opened fire.
It sounds somewhat reasonable on face value, but totally breaks down once you think about it.
Checking Syria Live Map, that convoy wasn't anywhere close to Al-Tanf.
That's not all that is curious about this strike, such as the location of the Daraa safe zone.
That’s confusing, however, because Pentagon officials also claim the targeted forces were within 55km of a “US training base” at al-Tanf, where US ground troops are stationed, and the Daraa safe zone appears farther away from the area that base is in.
...The confusion surrounding this incident leaves open a lot of question, though the identities of the targeted convoy could be a particularly big question mark. If indeed the target was a Shi’ite militia it is likely to be a militia from either Iraq or Iran. If it were an Iraqi militia, it might well be one the US had previously been fighting alongside against ISIS, deploying into an area with a known ISIS presence, and being attacked by US forces for doing so.
That's a big deal. On the Iraqi-side of the border, near the very same Al-Tanf base, those very same Shia-militias are advancing against ISIS with our approval.
However, a few kilometers away they are advancing against al-Qaeda and we are bombing them for it.
Obviously both Syria and Russia are outraged. Russia says there were civilian casualties.
While this action may seem brief and unimportant, it actually could have much more long-term implications that the previous bombing.
Nonetheless, the brief action in the Syrian desert was of great importance. The Syrians were obviously trying to test America’s resolve to move its anti-Assad militia forces deeper into the south-east of the country – and the US was prepared, albeit on a small scale, to show that it was prepared to press on. But the Syrian-Iraqi frontier town of al-Tanf may turn out to be a key strategic point in the struggle of the Assad government to regain its national territory and keep open its border to Iraq and, by extension, to Iran. It lies only 30 miles from Iraq – but because the Jordanian-Syrian-Iraqi borders join immediately to the south – al-Tanf also lies the same distance from Jordan – where the American-trained militia are based.