Um no.Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2017
Making evil-doers pay for their deeds does not lead to war.
Drawing silly lines in sand and not enforcing them does. Not backing one's words with actions shows the very weakness that encourages war.
But a few conservatives have questioned President Trump's action. Even my initial reaction was What the Hell, Man? What the Hell?
I had broken my own rule.
Never bet against Donald John Trump.Therefore, I am sympathetic to Pat Buchanan's reservations tossing 59 million-dollar missiles at the air base in Syria. He got Trump right, so his words carry weight now, don't they?
“If you try to overthrow Assad, then you will be — the Russians will fight, the Iranians will fight, Hezbollah will fight, obviously Assad and his army and their force will fight. We’ll be fighting all four of them, as well as ISIS and Al-Qaeda and Syria. Now you tell me how we win that war and who we put into power after we defeated all six of them?”Well, alliances with Russia have a history of being fluid. Besides, Russia today is a shell of the Soviet Union. Putin wants Georgia and Ukraine back. They have told him to pound salt, and he may have to.
Putin is a paper tiger. When John McCain looks in tohis eyes, he sees KGB. I see Bert Lahr. Putin will sell Assad out in a minute.
But Buchanan also said:
If Donald Trump, the president, takes us into Syria’s civil war — and he’s already made the first strike — it will consume his presidency.History sides with Buchanan. The Civil War consumed Abraham Lincoln, overshadowing such great domestic accomplishments as land-grant colleges, the Homestead Act, and the transcontinental railroad. You subtract the war and abolition, and you still have a great presidency.
But Korea consumed Truman, Vietnam consumed LBJ. Iraq consumed Bush 43.
Before you feel sorry for them, just think what it did to the 100,000 or so Americans who died in those three wars.
Trump knows this and has acted accordingly. As conservatives, we believe that the best deterrent to war is a strong military -- and an able commander-in-chief.
For eight years, we lacked the latter because we foolishly elected a community organizer whose love of country has yet to surface.
Now we have a C-in-C who is in synch with the military.
There is not a new sheriff in town.
There is a sheriff in town, again.
On Thursday, President Trump dined with Xi Jinping.
Imagine that conversation.
TRUMP: So let's golf tomorrow.He leaves, returning five minutes later.
XI: I told you, I don't golf. It is a rich man's game.
TRUMP: Excuse me, I have to take this call in the other room.
TRUMP: Sorry for the interruption. I had to blow up that base that Syria used to launch those chemical weapons.Xi is now putting ketchup on his steak, signing trade concessions, promising to kill Kim Jong Un, taking up golf, giving each Trump grandchild a panda, and doing whatever else it takes to keep happy Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the United States.
XI: Homina, homina, homina.
TRUMP: You really should try ketchup on your steak. You'll like it.
China needs the United States more than we need China because we are keeping the Chinese economy from imploding.
Look, the United States is the only world power. No one can match us. All China wants from us is trade.
Then there is Putin. His biggest threat is Islamofascism along his southern border. He needs the help of the United States to tamp the madmen down.
Confused by what President Trump is doing?
Listen to another fellow who got Trump right in 2016, Roger L. Simon, wrote:
If Trump has a strategy going forward on Syria, he shouldn't tell anyone, even though the media is constantly demanding it. Trump's policy of not revealing his plans is a good thing. Surprise wins.Trump's policy is Make America Great Again.
War does not accomplish that.
The irony of course is that you have to be ready, willing, and able to go to war in order to maintain the peace.
President Trump did that last Thursday. That prevented World War III.
One more thing, I want to clarify the confusion about the confusion over Trump's inner circle.
It is simple. This is how The Donald operates.
In "The Apprentice," President Trump had teams compete to accomplish a goal. This is how he works as a chief executive officer. Always remember that he is a CEO and has been a CEO for 45 years.
This helps explain the White House in-fighting.
From Basil Shroud:
This morning, heard CNN's Jake Tapper on the local Philadelphia radio talk show hosted by Dom Giordano. Tapper's from the area. Why he talks to Giordano and why he sounds less insane than he does on CNN. This morning he actually made a couple of decent points. He pointed out that on the Sunday shows the U.N. ambassador and the Secretary of State were saying different things with regard to whether or not regime change was an objective in Syria.
Oddly contemplative, Tapper opined that it was impossible to tell whether the Trump administration was in a state of chaos or was using the deliberate appearance of chaos to send a complicated message to leaders in the Mideast and around the world. He stated affirmatively that Trump's whole history is of surrounding himself with people of sharply differing views. He listens to all and then makes up his mind.See Trump for who he is, not what the media wants you to think. That will guide you through the shoals. If you need help, I am here for you.
One more thing, those "150,000 Chinese troops moved to North Korea border"? Someone forgot to tell the Chinese army.
Fog of war. The journalists in South Korea are just as biased and incompetent as the ones here.
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