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Twisting history of U.S. in Syria

This photo provided by Hawar News Agency, a

This photo provided by Hawar News Agency, a Kurdish-run news agency, shows fighters from the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces carrying the coffins of their comrades, who were killed Tuesday by a misdirected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, during their funeral procession, in Tal al-Abyad, northeast Syria, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Photo Credit: AP

Twisting history regarding U.S. involvement in Syria

“Trump decries Syria” [News, April 5] displayed a shortage of historical perspective in regard to the ongoing Syrian crisis.

While President Donald Trump laid the blame on his predecessor, the fact is that after the alleged use of chemical weapons in August 2013, President Barack Obama went to Congress for a vote to support the expansion of U.S. involvement. The Republican Congress never responded to his request.

Obama reiterated his request to Congress in June 2014 but received the same non-response.

Newsday’s article states that “Obama’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment,” which portrays the previous president in a bad light while lending credence to Trump’s factless statement. There are numerous tweets from Trump between 2013 and 2015 that call for staying out of Syria, so his statement is also immensely hypocritical.

William G. Parks, Islip Terrace

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