Before President Donald Trump announced his decision to launch a missile strike on targets in Syria, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by almost eerie coincidence called for exactly that sort of strike on Syria. During the Women of the World Summit in New York, Clinton was interviewed by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. Kristoff referred to an attack on Syrian civilians with poison sarin gas that has been attributed to the government of President Bashr al Assad. 
 
Clinton answered, “I think we should have been more willing to confront [Syrian President Bashar] Assad.” The former senator and secretary of state said, “I really believe, we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” 
 
Hours later, President Trump announced his decision to unleash multiple strikes by cruise missiles on a Syrian airbase.  "Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched," Trump said during short remarks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, where he ordered the strike just hours earlier. "It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."
 
He added, "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically."
 
That Clinton suggested an airstrike on Syria hours before Trump’s official announcement raises questions as to whether she still has access to classified information  that would have tipped her off to the military action.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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