BREAKING: The president just offered friendship andÃ¢ÂÂI think it’s clearÃ¢ÂÂ*money* to Russia in a statement that was supposed to unambiguously condemn Russia for its significant culpability in the commission of a war crime. I’m speechless.
Ã¢ÂÂ Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 14, 2018
BREAKING: The president just offered friendship and—I think it’s clear—*money* to Russia in a statement that was supposed to unambiguously condemn Russia for its significant culpability in the commission of a war crime. I’m speechless.
2/ While directly addressing Putin, Mr. Trump said the following: “The United States has a *lot* to offer, [Mr. Putin], with the greatest and most powerful economy in the world…”
“3/ Based on Trump’s past off-teleprompter moments, it appears his expression of hope that we’d get along with Russia was off-script. In the past I’ve compared transcripts with Trump’s actual words and he hit *every tell* that he was off-script.
This man is *terrified* of Putin.
After giving days of warning to the Syrian and Russian forces so they could remove their weaponry and chemical stockpiles at leisure prior to the strike in Syria, could Trump’s Friday speech be interpreted as a “counter-sanction” offer? A bribe?
Is Trump actually signaling a “ceasefire with benefits?”
Trump’s already doing a Dubya this morning and is declaring “mission accomplished” in Syria strike. “Mission Accomplished 2.0?” I can’t with this president*….
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
Ã¢ÂÂ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
According to the New York Times “President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.”
In sending missiles and bombs at Syria, President Trump hit more targets and used more firepower than he did in a similar military strike last year. But in the end, he opted for what was still a restrained operation that was evidently calculated to avoid provoking Syria’s patrons in Russia and Iran into retaliating.
The United States and its European allies chose three targets instead of the single air base hit last year and used twice as many weapons. Still, American officials said the attack was intended as a proportional strike aimed specifically at Syria’s chemical weapons facilities rather than a broader set of targets and was a one-time, one-night assault to punish Damascus for a suspected gas attack last weekend.
Meanwhile, Russia is convening the UN Security Council this morning, and Syrian forces are claiming a high percentage of missile interceptions. Also, NATO is meeting later Saturday afternoon.
From the speech Trump delivered regarding engagement in Syria from the White House on Friday:
The United States has also rebuilt our friendships across the Middle East. We have asked our partners to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment, and all of the anti-ISIS effort. Increased engagement from our friends, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, and others can ensure that Iran does not profit from the eradication of ISIS.
America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances. As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home. And great warriors they are.
Looking around our very troubled world, Americans have no illusions. We cannot purge the world of evil, or act everywhere there is tyranny.
No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East. It’s a troubled place. We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place. The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.
For Trump, it’s like Maslow said: “If all you
have want is a hammer money, everything looks like a nail bribe.”