by William Skink
It’s hard to imagine things getting more bizarre, more surreal. With a volley of cruise missiles, Donald Trump has flipped the steady stream of condemnation flowing from the media and establishment Democrats into an obscene outburst of praise because now Trump is finally doing what the insane interventionists and their media whore enablers wanted him to do:
Trump is certainly a fool for going ahead with such an attack in clear contravention of international law and entangling the United States more deeply into the complicated Syrian conflict. But the blame also should go to the people who frog-marched him to the precipice and then all but commanded him to step over the edge.
Within hours, all the usual suspects were congratulating one of the most scorned U.S. presidents in history for taking the leap.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi described Trump’s missile barrage as “a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.”
Republican super-hawks Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, previously as anti-administration as any Democrat, issued a joint statement declaring that Trump “deserves the support of the American people,” while liberal heart-throb Sen. Elizabeth Warren also agreed that “the Syrian regime must be held accountable for this horrific act.”
Well, fuck me seven ways from Sunday, ain’t that great? In my mind’s eye I see Chuck and Beth skipping hand-in-hand with John and Lindsey as missiles rain down and explode in the background, sending body parts of dead Syrians flying in all directions while Brian Williams serenades the scene of destruction with his best impression of Leonard Cohen.
Words like “disgusting” are no where near adequate to describe how former anti-Trump media outlets like CNN are now declaring Trump is presidential because he violated international law and launched missiles at Syria without authorization from Congress.
Trump watched some propaganda on television, claims he had some feelings, then bombed away without any solid evidence the Assad regime was responsible for the alleged chemical weapons attack. While establishment Democrats and the media laud Trump for this insanity, some Trump supporters are realizing their guy has been co-opted by the Deep State:
“What Trump did was nothing less than a betrayal, a betrayal of his supporters, of his message ‘America First!,’ of his promise to be different—to learn from the mistakes of the past and chart a new course,” said Richard Spencer, the alt-right leader who takes credit for coining the term. “I’ll wait and see, of course, but I’m not sure I can continue to support him. Most all of the alt-right feels the same way.”
Spencer tweeted on Thursday, “Tulsi Gabbard 2020 #Trumped,” a reference to the Democratic congresswoman who recently made a controversial trip to Syria and met with Bashar al-Assad.
Mike Cernovich, the pro-Trump blogger and Twitter personality who identifies as a member of the “new right,” has been tweeting and livestreaming his opposition to military action almost constantly since the news of the strikes last night.
Cernovich, who claimed this week that the chemical attack was carried out by “deep state agents,” told me he still supports Trump.
“If Hillary had been elected I wouldn’t even bother speaking out, as war would be certain,” Cernovich said in an email. “I’m still a Trump supporter, as last night’s air strikes appeared to have been limited. I do not and will not support another war in the Middle East.”
“There comes a day in every child’s life when his Daddy bitterly disappoints him,” Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart tech editor and provocateur who resigned from the site earlier this year amid controversy over remarks he’d made about pedophilia, wrote on his Facebook on Thursday night.
The tone on Breitbart News, the outlet formerly led by Bannon, has remained studiously neutral so far, and even slightly critical.
Let me summarize: white supremacists and Breitbart news are more critical of Trump’s foreign policy than CNN and Elizabeth Warren. I just looked outside to make sure the sky is still blue (it is).
Over at Cowgirl, combat Veteran Josh Manning continues claiming Democrats are the true champions looking out for Veterans. Here is a funny snippet from his latest effort:
“…Republicans are more than happy to talk about how much they support and will defend veterans but when it comes time to question wars, ask about military preparedness, or expand VA care they sit on their hands. Progressives are the ones now taking up the mantle to support our troops and veterans by asking the hard questions about militarism and how we can care for those who have fought in all our nation’s wars.”
Nope, I call bullshit. Democrats like Jon Tester are not the ones questioning America’s foreign policy. Politicians like Rand Paul and Tulsi Gabbard are the ones asking the tough questions, and they get no establishment support for doing so. Gabbard, for example, will more than likely get a primary challenge because of her outspoken efforts to bring attention to the fact America’s allies materially support jihadists in the Middle East.
Trump was going to leave Assad alone and take the fight to ISIS, but the Deep State doesn’t want its terrorists to lose the fight in Syria. It appears the war party of John McCain and Hillary Clinton have won.
Will the anti-Russia hysteria die down now that Syrian soldiers are dying from American missiles? If yes, what does that say about the opposition to Trump?
The prospect of expanded war excites Republicans, Democrats, and the Sunday morning TV talkers. UN secretary Nicky Haley just called the attack in Syria Trump’s “finest hour.” No talk of restraint is allowed anymore.
The die is cast and neocons and liberal interventionist democrats will have their war:
Oh to be a fly on the wall when Lavrov hands Tillerson his ass and sends him packing.
Old Tillerson better not bring along any gay clown Putin pics.
Trump is now firmly in the camp of main stream Republicans. He now is accepted by the party as nearly as saintly as their God Ronald Regean . Some are calling this the greatest bait and switch ever. The GOP now thinks they will control the White House and Congress for the next 7 years . I wouldn’t be so certain. First Trump promised to drain the swamp. Well that certainly didn’t happen as he brought the New York Wall Street bankers and corp. leaders into the White House or shall I say they never left. But the GOP need not get so cocky as already the far right is abandoning Trump which in its self is not fatal but should those blue collar voters realize Trump had no intention on delivering on his promises to them that will be the end. But the democrats need to get serious about really listening to middle America but I don’t see that happening yet. Why would most democratic leaders jump on the Trump train for another war. It tells me they learned nothing from the last election where Trump lied to his base no more war and all those Sanders supporters rallied against hawkish Hillary(who actually came out for bombing Syria ahead of Trump)but fell over each other getting their face on tv in support of war.
You’re all be played. Trump has no intention of involving himself in Syria.
This was a multifaceted strategy. To silence the Russian collusion theories, to enhance his poll numbers, to further embarrass Obama, but mostly to subdue China.
“There’s another element in all this that deserves more scrutiny. Sort of linked to the Putin-Assad connection. That is, why was the attack launched at the very moment that Xi Jinping was sitting down for dinner at Mar-a-Lago? Trump had reason to show the world that he’s willing to use his strength. You can question the whole thing, but it makes sense, from a military point of view, in more than one way.”-Raul Meijer.
Assad is not a threat but North Korea and man made islands could be.
Of course, you assume that Trump had any real dealing with what happened in Syria. He was played for the fool he is by the neocons. That the neocons interests aligned with Trump in sending the Chinese a symbol of strength is just a coincidence this time around.
Who knows what the next action brings. Russia and Iran have publicly announced that the next American military action attacking Syria will be met with a response. And that the American presence in Syria amounts to an illegal occupying force.
I don’t think that either Putin or Xi Jinping will be swayed by neocon symbolic actions. On the surface it may appear so, but both know that if war breaks out on 4 fronts — middle east, China seas, Korea, and NATO’s eastern flank — the U.S. will be stretched way too far to mount a credible offense, much less effective defense.
But Assad is a threat to the hegemonic petro-dictators who want to colonialize Syria in an attempt to move their product through the country before Russia and Iran can. If Assad can stand up to the West and its oil monarchy-backed elites and political machines with the protection of Russia and Iran, who else can?
Defeating Assad has become as much a symbol to the oiligarchs as anything. Lobbing a few missiles at a deserted air base will do nothing to intimidate Xi Jinping.
Except the Russian conspiracy rumors have been silenced, his poll numbers have risen, Obama and Kerry look like fools for saying Assad had gotten rid of his chemical weapons.
And as I’m writing this the warships that sent the missiles have left the coast as another fleet heads toward North Korea, armed with Tomahawks.
The Russians were warned of the attack before the launch. I doubt we’d be meeting with them if this was as dire as you make it to be.
Time will tell.
Let the drilling begin. The pipeline dream is still in question. http://www.ernews.uk/the-rothschild-murdoch-cheney-begin-drilling-for-oil-in-syria/
Speaking of pipelines have you seen where Susan Rice benefits greatly when the XL pipeline goes thru?
And how about Trump and the 5 billion dollar jump in raytheon and other defense contractor stocks after the attack?
No one knows the extend of his holdings, or about his divestitures. In any case, his family members in the White House most likely knew of the impending attack, and it just takes a discreet tipoff to kick in some hugely lucrative insider trading.
Think Trump and his entourage are above using insider knowledge to profit from his war moves? Hardly.
Name me one politician who didn’t leave DC far wealthier than when he arrived.
Sure, then why pick on Rice? I detest her as much as any neocon, but still…??? They’re all corrupt.