As Syrians and Russians picked up the pieces after the United States bombed a Syrian-Russian base, The New York Times (where I once worked) still had a front page headline about how the CIA and the FBI (John Brennan and James Comey) believed there were serious signs that the Russians were working hard to get Donald Trump elected.
This goes to show that:
- some people in intelligence are not really so intelligent (or honest)
- or that some journalists are not very astute (or honest)
- and/or that some media prefer to stress “news” that is both old and fake
- and/or that some journalists and some “intelligence officials” are not really that intelligent or honest.
Before deciding between the various choices, let’s review some facts as the dust settles from the missile attack ordered by President DJT—don’t just tweet.
There are several thoughts and counter-thoughts, but the anger of Vlad “the Impaler” Putin and Bashar ‘the Monster” Assad make it clear that those two leaders did not ask to be attacked, even though they definitely were “asking for it.”
(Incidentally the Assad family’s name in Arabic “Assad” means “lion,” but the family’s original name, al-Ghul, means “monster” in Arabic.)
Putin and Assad—The Blood Brothers—who have together snuffed out thousands of lives in Syria—did NOT beseech Trump to bomb them. Trump surprised them. They are dissed, and they are pissed.
The Russian-Syrian reaction recalls the Syrian-Korean reaction in 2007 when Israel destroyed a Korean-made and Iranian-financed nuclear reactor in Syria. Then, too, the Syrians did not ask Israel to attack them, though they definitely were “asking for it.”
Back to the April 2017 U.S. missile attack:
- This destroys the silly idea that Putin “put” Trump in the White House and that Trump constantly colludes with him;
- It destroys the notion that Trump is a no-action isolationist when actually his position is more nuanced than his early-morning tweets; i.e., Trump actually thinks America is strong, but needs to be stronger, and has to use its strength wisely at the right time and place;
- This destroys the Obama Doctrine that the U.S. can do little but make pious Barack Obama statements or send Michelle Obama hashtags
- This occurred after
- Israel struck Syria, SEVERAL TIMES in recent weeks, using a variety of forces and equipment not previously used—to stop weapons transfers to Hizballah in Lebanon, to respond to artillery strikes, and also to interdict major rockets falling inside Israel
- Trump and Israel consulted about Russia and Syria;
- Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Russia about Syria;
- America moved some U.S. land forces into Syria;
- Assad and Putin got cocky about barrel bombing and gas attacks;
- Trump, Jordan and Egypt consulted about Russia, Syria and Iran
- The missile attack occurred on the day of the “nuclear option” in the U.S. Senate employed to remove Democrat obstacles to Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
- This occurred almost at the moment that Trump was meeting with the Chinese leader, hinting loudly about North Korea, more loudly than a fortune cookie baked at Brennan’s CIA or Podesta’s Center for American Progress.
- Right after the attack, Israeli leftists began changing their rhetoric to a new form of un-reality. Now the mantra is “Israel must stop settling” in Judea and “Israel must not provoke the U.S. or the Arabs by using force” in Syria or against Hamas because “it will make Trump angry” and “Trump will use force against Israel.” (I SWEAR THEY ARE SAYING THIS.!!!!)
This argument replaces the “Trump Bomb” for the Arab Demographic Bomb (which was and is a dud)
This reminds me of what my mother used to say about some people ganging up to tell tall tales: “One lies, and the other swears to it.”
The Israeli leftist reaction is akin to the U.S. leftist reaction: never mind what you have been saying and preaching for years. Assume no one will remember your old lies, and so, start making up new lies, because most of the media will hear you lie, echo your words, and then they will swear to it. [Are you listening Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Tom Friedman, etc.???]
Is anybody going to believe, seriously, that the CIA’s John Brennan and FBI’s Comey and NSC’s Susan Rice-Ben Rhodes really believed Trump (for all his faults) was a Putin-ite, that Flynn (for all his faults) was a Putin tool? That’s almost as dumb as ex-director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper telling Congress in sworn testimony that the Muslim Brotherhood was a moderate organization with franchises around the Mid-East. (Remember, “American intelligence” and “military intelligence” may sometimes be oxymorons.)
As Holman Jenkins in The Wall Street Journal observed, before the missile attack, the Russians (and North Korea) have more reason to worry about Donald Trump than Obama, Kerry or Hillary Clinton (who was falsely called an “adversary” of Putin by The New York Times).
This does not mean that Trump and Co. will not try to make deals with Putin, but the deals will be made from a position of strength.
TGIF and TGIT: Thank God It’s Friday, and Thank God It’s Thursday. Both were great days. The Russians and Syrians got knocked in Syria, and the Democrats got nuked in the Senate.
Perhaps, Donald Trump is a fan of the classic Clint Eastwood movie—“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”—with its memorable line:
“If you’re going to shoot, shoot, don’t just talk.” Let’s remember that.
Don’t Just Talk—the initials of Donald J. Trump. I like it, and I’m ready for the sequel.