Be Informed: This six-minute video is worth watching. What it doesn’t make clear is Russia’s interest in propping up Assad, namely that Russia’s only naval base in the Mediterranean is on Syrian territory and Syria and Iran are Russia’s only allies in the oil-rich Middle East. We have no idea what the motivation for this week’s U.S. attack was.
We have no idea what the motivation for this week’s U.S. attack was. President Trump says he was moved by pictures of dead children. Simultaneously, the Senate, House, and FBI investigate his campaign ties to Russia, the Commerce Department announces that job creation in March was only 98,000 jobs, and Trump met with China’s leader at Mar-a-Lago.
This 6-minute history of the Syrian Civil War is required watching for anyone hoping to put Thursday's strike in context.
Posted by Ezra Klein on Friday, April 7, 2017