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Attack on Syria: Even Boris Johnson Wanted to Wait for an Investigation and He's a Muppet

Why was Trump in such a hurry to start lobbing Tomahawks?

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If you're convinced of something what's the harm in waiting for an investigation?

The British foreign minister thought all evidence in Syria's gas strike pointed at the government and there was no evidence pointing at anyone else. So he naturally thought a priority should be an investigation to get at the bottom of it all. Sounds logical. Since the evidence is apparently so convincing there is nothing to be lost in scheduling an investigation before a military strike. If you're right then certainly the investigators will reach the same conclusions you have, and for sure Syria will still have air bases for you to bomb after they're done. (Not that US has standing to do that.)

Instead Trump was in a hurry to get to firing cruise missiles right away, why? 

It seems very much that Trump wanted this strike and was glad for the opportunity to carry it out. He certainly wasn't going to wait around and risk losing momentum for war. Now why is this the case?

Why would the guy who four years ago when Obama seemed set on bombing Syria argued passionately against it now bomb it himself? I think it is because Obama ultimately pulled back so by going through with it Trump could pose as the anti-Obama.

Naturally he could have likewise differentiated himself by sticking to his guns, by continuing to ask awkward questions about the Syrian opposition and the war rather than eating up the mainstream narrative. But in that case he would not only be going against his image of Obama but also the Washington establishment, the mainstream media, al-Qaeda's PR department (but I repeat myself), and the vast majority of his appointees and advisors.

For all his fear of appearing weak he took the easy way out.

London and Paris publicly advised against rush to war:

Boris Johnson has attempted to quell the idea of military intervention against the Syrian government after Donald Trump raised the prospect of taking unilateral action.

The Foreign Secretary said that passing a United Nations resolution to investigate a suspected regime chemical attack which killed 86 people and left hundreds injured, and complementary peace talks, should be the top priority - not rushing into a new confrontation.

"It is very important to try first to get out a UN resolution," Mr Johnson said.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Mr Johnson’s French counterpart, reiterated the point, saying: “(The first stage) is not to go in ourselves, under the pretext that the US president may have a rush of blood to the head, and get on to a war footing.”

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