4/12/17

Trump's illegal and ill-advised Syrian strike

Most polls are showing a slight majority of Americans approve the Syrian strike ordered by Ol' Heel Spurs.

Apparently Ol' Heel Spurs was deeply moved by viewing images of dead Syrian kids. I suspect that most us of were and are moved, even deeply moved, by such images. But does that justify a peremptory unilateral airstrike, particularly when there is no identifiable imminent threat to the United States?

When a reality-TV president orders a missile strike

“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said during a broadcast. “I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’ And they are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making, what is for them, a brief flight over to this airfield.”

“Guest after guest is gushing,” tweeted Sam Sacks, the co-founder of The District Sentinel, a website focused on federal policy. “From MSNBC to CNN, Trump is receiving his best night of press so far. And all he had to do was start a war.”

Arguably, Ol' Heel Spurs did not start the war. It was moving along quite well on its own. Nonetheless, what he did do, was by any definition an act of war. He did it as an emotional reaction. He didn't do it as part of an on-going policy or strategy. He didn't even follow his own criticisms of Obama, back in 2013, when he castigated Obama for even thinking of acting without consulting Congress. Back then, Assad had gassed a lot more Syrians, too, 1500 or so, nearly 500 of which were children. Mitch McConnell went on about how there was no 'imminent threat to the United States.'

Apparently neither they nor their accomplices saw the photos, back then.

Trump’s extraordinary instinct for television is matched by his appetite for it. He rarely sleeps, The Washington Post reported, and instead “watches enormous amounts of television all through the night.” During the presidential campaign, he told Chuck Todd, the Meet the Press host, that he got military advice by watching “the shows” on cable.

God help us, the man who has the authority to loose the nukes gets his advice from the likes of Ollie North, Ralph Peters, and the rest of the retired hacks who are making a quick buck with their 'expertise.'

But it gets better. Or worse, depending on your perspective.

Trump's unlawful attack on Syria

Indeed, from his statements on Thursday, it seems at least possible that, moved by the horrific video images of Syrian children suffocated by a gas attack, Trump simply decided to "do something" because, as he said in his statement, "No child of god should ever suffer such horror."

The impulse to act without thinking would be understandable. Careful planning and clarity of purpose aren't easy in a fast-moving international situation. But the framers of the Constitution constructed a mechanism to reduce or eliminate the danger that a president would take the nation to war on a fleeting impulse.

The Trumpkins apparently pride themselves on being Constitutional experts. Yet clearly, in supporting this Constitutional faux pas, they demonstrate a great ignorance of that document.

Donald Trump's action in Syria proves he is not in league with Putin, says his son Eric

Actually, it does no such thing, but for the moment, that's another story.

"Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I'm sure she said: 'Listen, this is horrible stuff,' " Eric Trump told the Telegraph.

Eric Trump is not involved with the administration and is currently running the Trump Organization in his father's absence along with his brother Donald Trump Jr.

"I stay out of politics and I stay out of the administration, but you can tell he was deeply affected by those images of the children," he added.

"My father will act in times like that. And by the way, he was anti doing anything with Syria two years ago. Then a leader gasses their own people, women and children," Eric Trump told the Telegraph. "At some point America is the global leader and the world's superpower has to come forward and act and they did with a lot of support of our allies and I think that's a great thing."" Eric Trump told the Telegraph. "At some point America is the global leader and the world's superpower has to come forward and act and they did with a lot of support of our allies and I think that's a great thing."

Ivanka was heartbroken. That's grounds for launching 59 Tomahawks? Ivanka has three kids. That's grounds for launching 59 Tomahawks?

This item is Trump the Younger's greatest bit of bullshit:

And by the way, he was anti doing anything with Syria two years ago. Then a leader gasses their own people, women and children.

Trump was anti-doing anything in Syria four years ago, when the far larger murder of Syrians took place. Trump the Younger complete blows over that, as though this latest incident is unique and standing alone. It is neither.

These people know nothing about the Constitution, and even less about proper and legal use of military force. The Trumpkins are not in the least bothered by this, and continue to swill the Kool-Aid by the tanker load.