Late Thursday, President Trump unleashed a series of Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria, responding severely to the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The photos from the aftermath of the chemical weapons — allegedly against Syrian citizens — horrified the international community. In many ways, President Trump had no choice but to launch the Syria strikes.

The Syria offensive is the current administration’s strongest military action yet. And in a time when political rhetoric has reached unprecedented vitriol, the executive measures met with bipartisan support. Even diehard opponents of President Trump — namely, Senate and House minority leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi — broke rank with the Democrats and endorsed the Syria strikes.

However, this newfound bipartisan support may eventually erode the core sustenance of the Trump administration — anti-globalists who truly desire an “America First” policy. Instead, with the Syria offensive, we’re getting more of the same, but at a louder volume.

In the modern era, we have never come so close to World War III. By launching the Syria strikes, President Trump now puts himself squarely against Vladimir Putin and Russia, a key ally of Syria and the Assad government. Because the recent military actions directly support Syrian rebels — which many in the alternative media have accused of being a subsidiary of Al-Qaeda — the pathway to World War III seems inevitable.

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Russia is the only major power that is vocally and physically allied with Assad. The rest of the First World support President Trump’s new position, that Assad should no longer retain control of the government. Therefore, this supposed open channel of dialogue between the U.S. and Russia doesn’t many any sense. What cooperation could possibly exist if two parties are launching Syria strikes for opposite end games?

The shift in policy also reverses the “bromance” between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. It’s one thing to say you’re a friend. But we all know that actions speak louder than words. And the Syria offensive made it crystal clear where Trump now stands. Ironically, many Americans voted for the former real-estate mogul precisely because they wanted to avoid a World War III scenario. Instead, we could get just that.

Any hope now that U.S.-Russia relations will improve is dumped in the trash bin of delusions. Instead of draining the swamp, we’re now wallowing in it. It should be well-noted that the only time President Trump achieved bipartisan support was for Syria strikes that could lay the groundwork for World War III. Thus, it’s not that big of a stretch to feel that all Americans were conned.