Here's the letter I wrote this morning to Donald Trump:
Dear President Trump,
Along with the rest of the nation I have been closely following the series of unfortunate and dangerous events that have been unfolding in Syria over the past week.
By now it's pretty clear that the recent attacks against the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun had nothing to do with taking out rebel or ISIS enclaves but was both a test for you and a trap for our country set by Bashar al-Assad, maybe with the input of Vladimir Putin. Or maybe Putin was the mastermind and the Assad the facilitator.
In any case the trap was cruelly baited with the terrible deaths of 85 people, 20 of them children. But you did what you thought you must do and made the decision to involve our country in the civil war in Syria. But you must not take another step until you have a plan of action. You must have a comprehensive, long-range strategy for dealing with both Assad and ISIS, as well as the other over 1100 rebel groups fighting in Syria. Otherwise the next step the US takes in Syria could be the beginning of World War III.
The problem is, of course, that at this point nobody has a hint of a clue what to do next in Syria.
Nobody, that is, except for one person: Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton is the one person in this country, maybe the one person on this planet who has a plan for Syria.
I remember last year during one of Hillary’s debates with Bernie Sanders one of the questions was on the situation in Syria. Hillary gave a detailed outline of how Assad first needed to be dealt with, then ISIS, then the rebels. I remember thinking while listening to her speak, this is a situation this woman has tremendous knowledge of, one she’s been thinking about and cogitating over for years, one she’s chomping at the bit to take on.
And this is why, President Trump, politics and the election from hell be hanged, Hillary Clinton is the person you should be turning to now to save us from plunging into a disaster of catastrophic proportions in Syria. Convince her to come on board. Offer her a refugee quota in the deal.
And then immediately establish a Department of Syrian Affairs and put Hillary in charge. Give her carte blanche with staffing and access to military and intelligence advisors. If you need Congressional approval for this action then do whatever you have to do to get it as quickly as possible.
And call Hillary Clinton. Please.