When Donald Trump ran for president, he showed no interested in seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and fantasized routinely about the idea of working with his most powerful ally and protector, Russia, to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
"Wouldn't it be nice if we got together with Russia and knocked the hell out of ISIS?" he frequently asked his audience on the campaign trail.
But on Thursday Trump launched 59 tomahawk missiles at one of Assad's airbases — the first direct assault on Assad since Syria's civil war began six years ago — and angered Moscow in the process. Soon after, the Kremlin slammed Trump over the strike, announced that it would bolster Syria's air defenses in response, and suspended a pact in which Russia and the US coordinate their air operations in Syria so as to prevent accidental midair collisions.
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That doesn't bode well for Trump's oft-repeated vision for defeating ISIS. If Trump is bombing Russian President Vladimir Putin's dearest Mideast ally, how can they work together on defeating the group? And if he keeps doing it, will the US end up in two wars instead of one?