Trump's War-Filled Week, Explained By The Smartest People On Twitter
In terms of foreign policy, it's been quite a big week for President Donald Trump.
There have been major developments regarding Syria, Afghanistan, ISIS, Russia and North Korea, and Trump reversed his positions on a number of big issues.
Many are pretty concerned about what's transpired over the past several days, and feel as though the US is moving toward simultaneous conflicts in multiple parts of the world.
Foreign affairs are complicated, and it can be difficult to fully grasp what's going on if you haven't been following things closely.
Here are tweets from some of the smartest people on Twitter explaining what went down, and what it all means.
As noted above, it's been an eventful week for Trump.
Last Thursday, Trump launched a military strike against the Syrian government in the wake of a chemical attack that killed civilians.
The mainstream media praised the strike.
But foreign policy experts weren't as impressed.
Some thought this strike signified the president intended to increase America's involvement in Syria, since it was the first time the US has directly attacked the Syrian government.
Prior to this, the US was active in Syria, but was directing its attention to the fight against ISIS.
Trump ultimately announced he didn't want to get further involved in Syria (in terms of sending in troops), but some aren't so sure.
Trump was also criticized this week for his description of what he was doing around the time of the Syria strike (eating chocolate cake).
Both the US and Russia presented America's actions in Syria as bringing US-Russia relations to a new low point, but experts warned against buying into this too much.
On top of this, it was announced the US accidentally killed 18 allied soldiers in Syria in a separate strike that occurred on Tuesday.
Then, on Thursday, the US dropped the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB) on an ISIS facility in Afghanistan, killing 36 militants.
Thursday marked the first time the MOAB was utilized since it was developed in 2003. It's the largest non-nuclear device ever used in combat. Experts questioned whether using such a powerful bomb was really necessary.
There's a debate over whether using the MOAB will actually help the US achieve its overall objectives in Afghanistan.
In response to its use, a Russian-funded media outlet tweeted about Russia's “father of all bombs.”
Meanwhile, it was reported the Trump administration is considering launching a preemptive strike against North Korea over a nuclear weapons test.
Long story short, the past week has a lot of people feeling as if Trump is trying to go to war across the world.
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