Well, huh. Trump bombs Assad. While his reasons remain as geopolitically baffling as ever, most people seemed happy at this decision because, you know, Assad sucks. Like I said, huh.
The media kind of went bonkers with the U.S. attack – ‘Trump is now acting presidential’, ‘The U.S. is showing it still knows how to lead’, ‘this is the Trump Doctrine’ (Salon)… uh, wait up. Trump Doctrine? As Saideman’s Semi Spew highlights, did your mama drop you on the head as a baby?!! Doctrine this is not. And we should all be greatful.
At the same time, not to get all darkweb on y’all, but Shadowproof reminds us that the Syrian ‘good guys’, aka, the less bad guys, also lie as much as Assad, so we shouldn’t be so sure that he ordered the chemical attack…
Now that several days have past, and the media has toned down their initial fawning, some concerns are emerging about what this means for future involvment in a region that has not been very kind to the U.S. in the last 16 years. The Atlanitc; Al Monitor
Given that chemical weapons are classified as WMDs, Arms Control Wonk weighs in to say that Trump ordered the attacks for the same reasons Obama did not: domestic politics.
Wanna know what no one in government is talking about yet remains really problematic? Student debt… yeah, tell me about it! Naked Capitalism
A few weeks ago, the cover article of the New York Tmes Magazine featured a shift in the Democratic party to a more obstructionist, just say no, policy. New Republic tells us why this is a bad idea.
Steve Bannon is no longer invited to the NSC’s Principals Committee meetings. Don’t get your hopes up that this indicates an attempt to move closer to the Republican moderates. Salon
Sorry guys, I realized after the fact that this is completely focused on the U.S.