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?