April 07, 2017

Trump Train Split on Syria Strikes

Jack PosobiecWashington Bureau Chief

Yesterday, President Trump ordered airstrikes in Syria, targeting a Syrian Air Force base in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on insurgent controlled areas. Fifty nine cruise missiles were launched from US Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

Many big Donald Trump supporters have criticized the president after his decision:

Nigel Farage, Milo Yiannopoulos, Mike Cernovich, Roger Stone, Paul Joseph Watson, Ann Coulter, Stephan Molyneux, Lauren Southern, Laura Ingraham and Baked Alaska are among the Trump supporters who are disappointed by the attacks.

Other Trump supporters such as Bill Mitchell and James Woods supported the Syrian air strikes. They see them as part of a larger strategy to send a message to the world, and look strong in the face of adversity, rather than back down from “red lines” as Barack Obama did so many times.

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commented 2017-04-09 09:45:57 -0400
Whether Trump should or should not have bombed the Syrian Air Force base he still is a far better President than Hillary would have been. I am more interested in his economic changes.
commented 2017-04-08 10:35:08 -0400
With all the far far left wing media in the US WHO ARE ALL SNOW FAKES a hot summer may help.
commented 2017-04-08 10:23:31 -0400
Liza Rosie, I feel the same as you. Right now the US has thousands of boots on the ground in Syria. If they start attacking Assad’s fighters it would be disastrous. In the meantime, Trump is surrounded by enemies including his own son-in-law. His enemies will never leave him alone no matter what he does and they also know that to destroy Trump they need to destroy his base first. I think Alex Jones of Infowars broke it all down perfectly on Friday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFTZnWhwe9I
commented 2017-04-08 05:47:49 -0400
He was damned by not doing anything, and now damned for doing something.

The strikes involved not one man on the ground, and Russia stepped aside after being warned of the hit. It saved Russia’s face as something was done and informs Syria that it can’t do just about anything without consequences.

Personally, its a civil war and we should stay out. Without Russia and the US, one side or the other would have won long ago. Either way, there will be retaliations by the victor on whomever loses. Figure at least another 100,000 dead.
commented 2017-04-08 05:41:08 -0400
POTUS carries a VERY big stick. He just used it to tap, tap. Shit bags of the world take notice!
commented 2017-04-08 01:15:15 -0400
Jan G, ISIS kills babies, Trump doesn’t care. Assad does it and all hell breaks loose. He got conned by fake news that it was Assad. What a Chump. Trump is dead to me.
commented 2017-04-07 21:41:40 -0400
Jan there are an awful lot of people who voted for Trump who feel betrayed. This wasn’t just a flip flop, it was an about face to every opinion on Syria he has ever held. Why is he so broke up about the gassing this time, when last time Assad supposedly gassed the Syrians (who are fighting him and killing Syrian Christians) his opinion was to stay out of it? The gassing, whether Assad did it or it was an attack by ISIS and rebels to bring the U.S. in to do the dirty work, it was an excuse to make a statement. I certainly am not convinced Trump was not pressured by old guard republicans and the democrat vultures. I hope I am wrong.

All the people who think this was a good idea are the never Trumpers, so what does that say?
commented 2017-04-07 21:20:50 -0400
If Donald Trump really gives a shit about babies getting gassed, why the F doesn’t he lock up Hillary Clinton?
commented 2017-04-07 20:40:29 -0400
Donald Trump had a very successful meeting with China’s Pres. He also said he has changed his position on Assad after the killing of innocent little children and babies.
He made reference to God 4 times in his response to this devastation and asked God to bless America and to “bless the entire world”! Never done before.

Sounds like just about everyone in Washington is in agreement.
As for those listed above in opposition, I would say grow up!
commented 2017-04-07 20:18:31 -0400
Who the fuck cares how Assad kills people? Bomb the shit out them. Sure. Use chemical weapons, well, that’s it – you’ve gone too far. LOL
commented 2017-04-07 20:17:03 -0400
Keith, Trump reacted to fake news. No evidence whatsoever that Assad was behind this. Let’s go “bowling for beautiful babies”. Trump suckered by an emotional moment with no facts. Let’s be the air force for ISIS. Yee haw!
commented 2017-04-07 19:45:09 -0400
It also sent a message to N. Korea Canadian Mongrel, they can’t exist without China, and if China tells them to cool it they will cool it.

Keith what is Alexandre up to these days, staying out of trouble I trust.
Another traitor.
commented 2017-04-07 19:08:31 -0400
LIZA ROSIE:
Perhaps they will install Trudeau’s Brother in Assad’s place.
I hear that he is fed up, making all those Snuff Videos.
commented 2017-04-07 19:03:31 -0400
This certainly hasn’t made things any simpler but off hand I would tend to agree with Billy Howard. It’s a little late for America to not join the war but Obama should have gotten in before the Russians and established a no fly zone to keep Syrian refugees safe and in Syria. Assad and the rest of the worlds tinpot dictators needed to know that Trump is not the spineless Obama. This will blow over and the US and Russia can get back to killing Isis but Assad won’t forget he’s no longer safe to do as he pleases and Putin will have a new respect for Trump. Hope I’m right.
commented 2017-04-07 19:02:46 -0400
One fact missing though is that Trump was hosting China’s president when the attack occurred. Another fact is that the Russians in all their rhetoric admitted they had received prior warning that the attack would be happening. Final fact missing is that the attack was tied directly to the gas attacks and targeted the air base from which those attacks occurred.

Message to Assad: don’t use chemical weapons and you won’t get bombed.

Message to Putin: Trump will work with you, and allow your rhetoric; but will not tolerate Assad’s methods.

Message to China: Assad and Russia decided to test Trump’s resolve, how about you.

The one strike sent three messages to the States three biggest foreign policy problem children, excepting ISIS
commented 2017-04-07 19:01:48 -0400
Trump was right to attack as he did. Putin was informed before the attack was launched and was aware of what was happening. If the Gas attacks had been ignored, it would only have encouraged more of the same thing. The public would begin to think that Gas attacks are the norm.

The explosive force used in the Cruise Missiles was reduced to cause less damage. The airfield was back in use, ‘today’.

Trump just gave the world a message, ‘I do not want to use force but if I have to I will’.

The Western World would do well to remember that we are at war with Savages, or we soon will be.

We should also be aware that the enemy are already amongst us, with eleven of them sitting with Trudeau’s Gang of Misfits, in Ottawa.
commented 2017-04-07 18:58:42 -0400
It’s over. Was a great couple months, but Trump has jumped into the neo con bandwagon.
commented 2017-04-07 18:40:33 -0400
They cannot be considering ousting Assad, because that would leave Syria open to ISIS takeover and an expansion of the caliphate.

So Trump is just telling Putin to put Assad on a short leash? subtly suggesting to China while they dined on American turf, to do the same with N. Korea? I read somewhere that they are going to get Assad to leave voluntarily at a later date, but know no details of how that could happen or what they hope would fill that void.
commented 2017-04-07 18:36:09 -0400
I don’t know what to think anymore, and I don’t understand Ivanka and Kushner’s influence. I was leery before of their having any involvement in any White House dealings and it looks like there was reason to be concerned. Americans didn’t vote for his daughter and son in law, they voted for him.

All I know is, almost all of his voter base is confused pissed or disgusted and his ‘enemies’ including the ‘deep state’ Hillary, McCain, and all jackals on both sides are cheering that the old Washington is back. Schumer cannot conceal his glee. Even ISIS is saying thanks to the Donald. Not a confidence building sign.

I also do not understand how the Americans can support and train the ‘moderate’ rebels when most of them are ISIS fighters. If Jack could shed some light on that it would be greatly appreciated.

None of it gives me any confidence. Either ‘they’ have figured out a way to get to Trump and bring him to heel or Trump is making some fancy moves fully in control and hasn’t really deviated as much as it looks like he has. I’m not feeling too good about it.
commented 2017-04-07 18:30:21 -0400
Trump administration has clearly been cleansed of populists and filled with warmongering neocons. Congratulation DJT for making America the official air force of ISIS.
commented 2017-04-07 18:19:10 -0400
Hmmmm…. interesting
commented 2017-04-07 17:59:23 -0400
This will likely lead to a regime change , sooner then later
commented 2017-04-07 17:49:11 -0400
Perhaps Trump’s attack wasn’t about retaliation but more about this:
1. It dispels the notion that Trump is in bed with Putin.
2. It tells the world that Trump is tough (see China/N. Korea)
3. It wasn’t damaging enough to seriously weaken the war against ISIS.
4. Talking about regime change, doesn’t make it so.
5. It still leaves Russia as main agent there with subsequent ISIS attention on them instead of US
6. Dems and McCain Republicans finally onside with Trump on something, bipartisanship can exist
All Trump has to do now is continue to speak loudly and carry the big stick (just don’t use it) and focus on N. Korea threats to launch nuclear war against USA and to #MAGA.
commented 2017-04-07 17:28:39 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 33,099 Attacks, 212,912 Killed, 294,413 Injured that we know of.
commented 2017-04-07 17:26:34 -0400
Unfortunately, lives are the pawns of the puppet masters.