Politicians, per se, are not a complicated bunch. Oh, sure, they fancy themselves worldly and mysterious guardians of democracy; but they’re easier to read than my daughter’s edition of “Everybody Poops” and the commonalities don’t end there.
Donald J. Trump is no politician. That’s precisely why he confounds the media and Congress, alike. He’s not a man given to structured policy schematics, abbreviated session calendars or choreographed PowerPoint presentations. He has an objective, and every day that objective isn’t reached is a day that must produce tangible momentum towards reaching it the next day. Everything we do know about the man, is outweighed only by what we don’t know.
Normalizing the abnormal seems to be the order of the day; so why be surprised we have a president who will fire off 60 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base unannounced on a Thursday evening…after dinner with the Chinese President…from his beach resort residence? Wait, what? Yeah, that’ll grab your attention if you’re a low information voter. You must’ve thought Trump would be buried in a White House bunker calling out coordinates. That’s not Donald Trump and that’s not how he handles business.
I’m not sure who was more surprised when the missiles landed, Assad or President Xi, who was probably sipping on an umbrella drink poolside. Rumor has it, Xi told an aid, “better call that fat ass in Pyongyang and tell him to find a deep hole and stay there.” This is called the “Trump Effect.” We’ve seen it in business and in the campaign, now the world wonders if they just got a glimpse of Ronald Reagan’s ghost. The last thing Putin needs in the White House is another cowboy. One more willing to bomb you to oblivion, than put boots on the ground.
When I put my ear to the Internet last night, I heard a lot of nervous talk about regime change and war with Russia. Seems we have let the last 25 years skew our vision of US military command and competence. For that, who can blame you? But if you’re waiting for Putin to launch a war against the most powerful country on earth, then take your vitamins and get plenty of exercise, because it’ll be a while.
You see, Russia’s first action after the air base was destroyed, was to go running to the UN. Really? Actually, yeah, it’s all they can do. They will get entrenched and ready to fight off a UN Resolution from the Security Council condemning the chemical weapons attack. Who actually ordered the attack (Assad, Iran, Rogue CIA) doesn’t really matter. It happened and the world saw it happen. Russia knows it is in a bad spot, and that Assad lost all perception of inevitability he had just 72 hours ago to retain power. Fishy timing? Sure, but that doesn’t change a thing.
Trump had a unanimous National Security Counsel for this strike, and an overwhelming number of allies in support. Russia clearly knew this, or something like it, was going to happen. They will stand their ground, but not dream of going further unless we unilaterally engage in Bush/Obama style regime change. Which, we won’t. I don’t care what neocon wet dream Sen McCain has in his crusty old coconut. Ain’t happening, no way. Unless we see a Gulf War 1 type of international coalition, Trump won’t be storming Damascus anytime soon. Trust me.
New administration, new rules. If you want to believe this makes Trump a neocon and a warmonger, Godspeed to you. I’ll be damned if I’m going to ask my president to go to congress and beg for permission to hit a airfield that launched a chemical weapons attack on civilians. Sorry, Rand Paul. I could be wrong, and there could be a more to come, but I’m betting not. I’m betting on the threat of more to come being good enough. I’m betting on Donald Trump…because in reality, that bet was already made on November 8th.