US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in late March that Washington’s priority is no longer focused on ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
However, last week the US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that Assad cannot remain in power.
This U-turn in Washington’s policy stems from domestic pressures on the Trump government.
Since Trump assumed office in January he has suffered setbacks as the new US president. Such failures include his unsuccessful attempts to ban immigrants form several countries from entering the US and repeal Obamacare.
The business mogul was also compelled to change some of the senior members of his cabinet.
Trump has gradually learned that he should get along with the ruling system in order to remain in the White House.
In the future, we will also see more changes in Trump’s cabinet and his policies.
By adopting these changes, the Trump administration will be more similar to its predecessors.
Trump was under pressure for adopting approaches which had angered his opponents. Hence, he was looking for a way to get rid of these pressures.
The missile strikes on the Syrian airbase were the best option for Trump to satisfy his opponents because almost all political groups in the US would support the attack.
It is believed that Washington’s missile attacks were also intended to give warnings to North Korea, Iran and even China.
Nonetheless, no one will take the US attacks seriously.
The strikes will worsen distrust among warring sides in the Syria crisis and make it more difficult to find a political solution to the six-year long conflict in the Arab nation.
*Diako Hosseini is a political analyst.