I am presently reading the second volume of Churchill’s exceptional history of the Second World War. One of the things that strikes me is how much was going on behind the scenes, particularly with regards to the diplomacy and strategy that Churchill was having to execute, not just on foreign powers and allies but also to dissident ranks within his own party, let alone the opposition.
Churchill was not only exceptionally intelligent, but he also had a superb appreciation for the wide fluctuations of human behavior. Trump has demonstrated on many occasions that he also possesses this same capacity to understand what people are capable of doing, no matter how seemingly irrational.
I am not going to undertake a thorough examination of events that are unfolding as I write, nor am I going to attempt to understand the political motivations when I am not privy to so many facts. Many on the alt-right have been quick to slam Trump’s actions as a grave disappointment in the face of what he promised. My initial reaction was also one of disappointment, but it was also tempered by the awareness that Trump might indeed have many other factors at play here.
Scott Adams has a good examination of possible motivations for the Syrian strike.
Tim Newman has a good appraisal of events as well. I particularly agree with both him and Vox Day when they say that nobody gives a shit about Syrians. Syria is in this mess because of Syrians, end of story.
But Trump is managing international diplomacy in this sorry country that affects not just Russia, but Iran and North Korea as well, not to mention China. Beyond that he is actively managing the neocons and hawks within his own party, the Deep State as it is euphemistically called.
The amusing thing for me has been the predictable and sorry MSM response to these events. They are potentially falling for the same trick that the neocons pulled for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In that case it was the WMD con. In this case it is the same con except that the weapons have been used. By whom we do not know. But the way in which the press have been jumping over Assad makes me better understand how the Nazis were able to pull off an invasion of Poland due to Polish troops “supposedly” attacking German border posts.
Events are playing out in this manner precisely due to Obama’s hideously inept diplomacy over the last eight years. Trump has a lot of repairing to do as regards to the massive mess left by his incompetent predecessor. No doubt there is a huge amount of activity going on behind the scenes. Trump has most probably used this strike as a message to multiple allies and enemies. This is a wait and see game and I am going to give Trump credit that he has at least some sort of plan going on right now. The alternative is obviously too depressing to contemplate.