Monday, April 16, 2018

Week of 04/16/2018

You Broke Syria, President Trump.  Now It Is Your Mess.
There’s an old saying in the business world that goes something like this: you break it, you bought it.
That means that you can look at and criticize and “play around” with a product all you want, but the minute you damage or break it, it’s automatically yours.  You now own it.
For years, Donald Trump has enjoyed the luxury of sitting back and criticizing how the affairs of the world are conducted.  He has relished in his role of armchair quarterback over how President Barack Obama handled things both domestic and internationally.  He bloviated on Twitter like the twit that he is about what Obama should and should not do, and always under the presumption that whatever Obama did was wrong and that Trump would do things differently.
For instance, in 2012, when Obama was running for his second term, Trump threw a Twitter-tantrum about a possible air strike against Syria.
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
He also demanded that Obama run any possible action against Syria with the GOP-controlled Congress, knowing full well that the sociopathic chickenhawks would reject it out of partisan spite.
The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
And then there’s my favorite…
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your "powder" for another (and more important) day!

His words, folks, from his own Twitter-Twit-thumbs!
Well now Donald Trump is the President of the United States, and on April 13th, 2018, he did the exact opposite of his previous Twitter-tantrums and launched a missile strike on Syria.
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!
He did not appear to consult with Congress, as he previously lectured Obama about needing to do.  And he ignored his own words that there would be “no upside and a tremendous downside”.  In true GOP fashion, it’s only “good” and “right” and “just” if he does it, and absolutely wrong if anyone else does.
We should probably point out that Trump is facing some personal challenges as well.  His past infidelities are now coming out.  He’s fearing Special Council Robert Muller could bring indictments at any time.  Even his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had his offices and home searched and evidence seized that could potentially hurt Trump… as well as several others.  Oh, and Wall Street has become bipolar, not to mention that most people are not seeing that “Trump Tax Cut” that they were promised.  Things are not going well for Ol’ Orange Stain… which makes launching a military attack on someone... anyone… a quick pick-me-up for someone like Trump.
You know… the very thing that Trump told Obama not to do six years ago.
Oh, and it also comes after Syria’s thug, Bashir al-Assad, supposedly used chemical weapons on his own people following Trump’s own declaration that America was “getting out” of Syria.  You know, I seem to recall Trump had complained about that as well in the past.  You know, that whole bit about emboldening your enemies.
Let’s get brutally honest here… President Trump, Syria is now completely your mess.  You broke it, sir, and now you bought it.  Everything that happens concerning that country is now on your hair-sprayed head.  Whether or not things escalate is on you, sir.  Whether or not more lives are lost is on you.  Whether or not terrorist supporting Syria attack is on you.  Whether or not we have to stay in Syria like we have to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan is now on you, sir.
You no longer have the luxury of blaming it on Barack Obama or George W. Bush or on your former Secretary of State… you know, that “top talent” guy that you fired, or on Hillary Clinton.  You forfeited the luxury of blaming others when you took military action.
Oh, and all of the things that you said in the past about what Obama or Bush Junior or Clinton or your “top talent” guy at the State Department should or should not have done?  Those apply to you as well, Donnie!  Just like that Miranda Warning that you fear being told, everything that you said in the past can and will be used against you in the court of world opinion.  And, yes, that especially includes your Twitter-tantrums.
It’s really easy being an armchair quarterback when you don’t have to bear the consequences of those actions.  But once you start down the path of being the one in charge, then you better reconcile those past statements, lest you undermine your own credibility.

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