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Think Things Can’t Get Worse In Syria?

In his daily Secure Freedom Minute our friend Frank Gaffney has offered a sixty-second review of the potential consequences of deeper U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war.

And they should give pause to those, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who are now beating the drum for America to take out Syria’s brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian warPresident Trump’s cruise missile strike last week in retaliation for an alleged use of sarin nerve gas by Syria’s Bashir Assad begs the question: “Now what?”

Our Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, now says that regime change in Syria is a must, and administration spokesmen are signaling the answer is the removal of Assad from power.

“There is no such thing as Assad, yes, but ISIS, no,” said Senator Marco Rubio in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “This Week.” on Sunday. “This focus that you can defeat ISIS as long as Assad is there is not true. They're two sides of the same coin.”

On CNN’s State of the Union, Haley, seemed to back Rubio.

“There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” she said. “If you look at his actions if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad.”

It is not clear, however, says Gaffney, that the Trump administration, or McCain, Graham and Rubio, have thought through who will govern Syria once he’s gone, or what America will have to do to prevent that alternative from being even more odious – and dangerous.

The President’s controversial National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, claimed Sunday that Washington was working to replace Assad with “everyone, except Russia and Iran.”

That would mean we are now aligned with “partners” who include assorted Sunni Sharia-supremacists – including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood – whose agenda is no less murderous and menacing than Assad’s observed Gaffney.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, however, gave a more measured response as to whether the US will be diving into the Syrian conflict and seeking to overthrow Assad.

“I think what the United States and our allies want to do is to enable the Syrian people to make that determination,” Tillerson told CBS. “You know, we’ve seen what violent regime change looks like in Libya and the kind of chaos that can be unleashed.”

“I think we have to learn the lessons of the past and learn the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change,” Tillerson warned on ABC.

Think things can’t get worse in Syria? Think again if McCain, Graham and Rubio get their way.

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Wish that Frank Gaffney was part of the team advising President Trump on Middle East policy. Think he would be a level headed thinker in sorting out the bad actors in the Muslim world. And he knows who is a threat to US security.