The American response to the Syrian civil war has resulted in a long standing direct and indirect military intervention beginning in 2011. This transnational issue has emanated through both the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Recently, American policy towards the conflict has become critical to understand through the indexing of President Trump’s sporadic leadership philosophies and qualities. The American intervention, now entering into its seventh year of development, is characterized by a fight in hopes of toppling the Islamic State strongholds within the region as well as the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The following investigation is explored through both ABC reports and BBC articles published online explaining the developments and policies of America’s involvement within the civil war.
On the 8th of August 2011, former American president Barack Obama froze Syrian government assets in the US in order emphasis his call on president Assad to resign from his post. The decision was predicated upon the Arab Spring uprisings which occurred throughout the year as the nation protested against the control of the autocratic Syrian leadership. New developments arose in 2012, whereby in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own civilians, Obama declared that a ‘red line’ had been crossed and that he would now be recalculating his strategies of intervention within the region, explaining that ‘ if we make a choice to have repercussions for the use of chemical weapons than the Assad regime will have received a pretty strong signal that in fact it had better not do it again’.
In 2013, prompted by the continued use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, President Obama submitted an order to Capital Hill to request the authorization of punitive airstrikes against Syrian government. This request was enacted the following year with airstrikes carried out by both American and allied forces against the Islamic State strongholds. The launch, occurring on the 23rd of September 2014 entailed 14 concurrent airstrikes within the Raqqa region in Eastern Syria, created severe destructive consequences. These American airstrikes were also carried out with aid of allies from Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan all of which came to form an task force to fight against the Islamic State. Similarly, later in 2014 the American administration also approved to arm and train Rebel fighters within Syria with an objective to successfully combat the uprising Islamic State within the region.
More recently, Obama’s approach to the Syrian crisis has been crudely replaced with the paradoxical practices of the Trump administration. The erratic, unstable, and rudimentary design of the Trump presidency has created an ineffective policy enacted in Syria. The necessity for a ceasefire followed by negotiable, sensitive, and feasible implementation of policies within the region must be stressed and addressed by the current government in order to support development and peace within the region .
Furthermore, the crucial need for humanitarian aid and intervention within Syria is an urgent requirement to be addressed by a global audience. Entering into the second year of Trumps presidency, the world can only watch as his administration makes new fundamental decisions which will thus impact upon the rest of the world. One is thus left to wonder how much more pain, suffering and fatalities must occur within the region before a universal intervention and policy is implemented to facilitate regional peace within the country.