Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trump: Gas Attack in Syria is a Sad Day for Russia

There are some positively bizarre comments from President Trump on the gas attack in Syria even if  the Syrian government was behind it, which itself is unclear.

Here's the key exchange that took place during an interview of Trump by New York Times reporters:
HABERMAN: Did you see the images out of Syria? What do you think watching that as a president —

TRUMP: I think it’s a disgrace. I think it’s an affront to humanity. Inconceivable that somebody could do that. Those kids were so beautiful. To look at those scenes of those beautiful children being carried out.

HABERMAN: Where were you when you found out about it?

TRUMP: I was here. I saw it on television, I saw it on —

THRUSH: What do you think it says about the role of Russia in Syria?

TRUMP: Well, I think it’s a very sad day for Russia because they’re aligned, and in this case, all information points to Syria that they did this...

THRUSH: What about Russia’s role in all this in abetting the —

TRUMP: Well, I think it’s very disappointing. I think it’s very disappointing. Now this was done by — the information is, this was done by Syria purely. But anybody aligned with Syria — this is very disappointing.
Why exactly is Trump stretching to link Russia to this?

Perhaps Jennifer Rubin has it correct:

My view has always been that Trump would eventually go negative on Russia. I wrote in November 2016:
Libertarians who are hanging their hat on the idea that the Trump-Putin bromance is justification enough for supporting Donald Trump's presidency are likely to be sadly disappointed in the long run.

Putin is playing this, as he should from a Russian perspective, as the hot chick willing to whisper soft nothings into Trump's ear while the getting is good. It's possible Putin may even be able to get Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.

But a look at the geostrategic map suggests that this bromance will eventually end up like Trump's first two marriages--on the rocks.
 Libertarian Trump fanboys just never understood that Trump had surrounded himself with anti-Russia advisers, including Michael Flynn, Trump's first National Security Adviser. But there seemed to be strategic reasons in the short-term from Flynn's perspective to leave Russia alone. With McMaster now the National Security Adviser, it appears that the short reprieve against open hostility toward Russia from the White House is over.



  1. I read it as the opposite - the interviewer keeps pressing the Russia angle and Trump is holding back from accusing Russia directly, suggesting it was "purely Syria". However, this shows Trump will be manipulated, or use this as a big bargaining chip. Either way, no indication of peace.

  2. I'm so tired of being an enemy of people I'll never meet.

    1. Well said. This crap get stupider by the day.