Last night, President Trump ordered precision military strikes on Syria to destroy suspected chemical weapons plants and minimize civilian casualties. This is reportedly a one-time strike in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed an estimated 60 Syrians, including children. The Pentagon reports this morning that the missiles successfully hit all targets, crippling Syria’s chemical weapons-making ability. In his morning Tweets, Trump thanked the UK and French military for their aid and declared “Mission accomplished,” perhaps to emphasize that this doesn’t mean he’s planning to continue longterm engagement in Syria.
Naturally, that gave his liberal critics an opening to compare him to their mocking of George W. Bush and the phrase “Mission Accomplished.” The irony escaped them that even in the original incarnation, they got the story wrong: the banner behind Bush didn’t refer to the war being over but merely to that particular ship’s mission having been accomplished. Still, never let a good “fake news” meme go to waste.
Some of the anti-Trump brigade are even suggesting this is a “wag the dog” attempt to deflect attention from James Comey’s book – which would be pretty ludicrous even if Trump weren’t already firing off tweets about Comey that are giving the book MORE attention.
I know they’ll think this is a crazy theory, but hear me out: Maybe Trump ordered the strike on Syria because he’s the President of the United States, which makes him the Commander-in-Chief of the military, and he has access to better military intelligence than even Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert do. Nah, what are the odds of that?...
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