Once again the standards for Donald Trump are so low that not making a fool out of himself for part of a day results in the near-unanimous consensus among many in the media (even some of his critics) that he was “very presidential.”
How was this “presidential”? Last I checked, reports indicated that the airbase Trump hit with 59 Tomahawks was already up-and-running again.
So Bashar al Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians — and Trump orders 59 Tomahawk missiles (worth $94 million) launched at an airbase that was essentially fully functional within hours of the attack. Which means we spent nearly $100 million on missiles fired at an airbase that we didn’t even cripple badly enough to knock it out of service.
Again, how was this “presidential”?
If anything, based on Trump’s previous incessant rants where he relentlessly attacked President Obama for pushing Congress to authorize military use against Syria following the 2013 chemical weapons attack that killed over 1,400 people — more than 10 times the victims of the most recent attack — this was a glaring example of how ignorant he truly is.
I’m not trying to diminish the horrific nature of either of these attacks by saying one is more atrocious than the other based upon the number of victims, but Trump acting as if this recent attack was something that demanded a U.S. response, when far more people died in the 2013 attack where he repeatedly called Obama a moron for pushing for Congress to authorize the use of military force, is further proof that he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.
If President Obama was a fool for wanting to use the military in 2013 in response to Assad killing over 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons, then what is Trump for ordering a military strike in response to an attack where far fewer people died? Then you have to factor in that his nearly $100 million response accomplished almost nothing considering the airbase that was hit is already being used by Assad to launch military strikes.
Let’s also not forget that Trump’s incompetence, possible treason, public stance that his administration wasn’t concerned with removing Assad from power, and weakness in standing up to an enemy that attacked us could have very well been what emboldened the Syrian dictator to launch his first chemical weapons attack since 2013.
Just a few days before this attack, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley both publicly stated that the administration wasn’t going to require Assad to be removed from power as any part of their “plan” in dealing with Syria. Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said those words were likely an empowering influence in Assad’s decision.
Then why would Assad fear Trump? For years Trump has heaped praise on Putin, while staunchly refusing to say anything negative despite the fact that U.S. intelligence officials have said the Russian government was behind the attack on the 2016 election. Moreover, not only has Trump not condemned an enemy that attacked us, he actually lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials, blatantly trying to undermine their credibility while defending that enemy.
Think about it. Why would any enemy fear us? It’s indisputable that Russia launched a cyber attack against us, yet our “Commander-in-Chief” refuses to do anything about it, instead continuing to speak highly of that nation’s leader — while questioning the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies.
And there’s always the underlying fact that Trump’s under investigation for possibly committing treason by colluding with Russia — Syria’s main ally.
I’m sick and tired of the media falling over itself to praise Trump any time he manages to not make a total fool out of himself. That somehow he’s “presidential” because the dumpster fire known as his administration had one day where they managed to not look like total buffoons for at least a few hours.
When you really get right down to it, this is a weak “president” who nobody respects showcasing his incompetence and hypocrisy by doing the very thing he criticized Obama for wanting to do in 2013 — authorizing a $94 million Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian airbase that was up-and-running within hours of this attack.
In the new world in which we’re all living, because the media has such low expectations for him, to many, that’s Donald J. Trump “looking presidential.”