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Rice was asked about the military strike on Friday conducted by the United States, the U.K, and France following a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma. It offers a glimpse into the erratic mind of a man who can't seem to decide what to do about bloodthirsty Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.

Obama has since been ridiculed by Trump - who didn't consult Congress before last week's attack - for not acting unilaterally to enforce his warning that Assad's brutal attack had crossed a "red line". "We need real, long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria".

It was in 2012 that Obama famously declared a "red line" in Syria. But it has never found a viable, moderate partner on the ground in Syria that was large or effective enough to have even a chance of becoming dominant militarily and politically. The intended targets: Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. "That would change my calculus".

Eid, who survived the 2013 Syrian chemical attack, celebrated Trump's intervention which was the opposite of Obama's lack of action against Syria.

The idea of seeking Congress' approval before attacking Syria was a popular opinion at the time, and to his credit, Obama did exactly that in September. It was thrown out altogether when Russia - Assad's ally - offered to dispose of Assad's chemical-weapons arsenal if the US refrained from launching airstrikes.

Unfortunately, it seems that Roosevelt's wisdom is lost on our current president, whose foreign policy might be better described as "tweet loudly, and gesticulate with a small stick".

"U.S. strikes against Assad meant the world to us, because it showed us that the United States actually cares and the bad days of Obama's inaction are over, hopefully forever", Eid said. "National Security Adviser Susan Rice was also kept out of the loop".

But the strikes came amid a publicity tour for a book by ex-FBI director James Comey that's sharply critical of Trump, and a few days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Trump attorney Michael Cohen's office.

He hoped to be able to tell the president that he "proved once again, yesterday, that you have a big heart". "Had he wanted to be demonstrably unpredictable and deliberately unpredictable and use that to try to wrest a diplomatic opening with the Russians".

The president said the attack's objective was to "degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian government from using or proliferating chemical weapons".

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