Fake News on the Syrian Warpath!


MAGA hats off to President Donald J. Trump! After correctly admonishing Fake News for the better part of the past two years, he’s decided if he can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em!

That’s the best explanation for the limp-wristed Tomahawk Chop Trump delivered on a rural Syrian airbase (think Beale AFB) last Thursday that reportedly killed six Syrians and destroyed a half-dozen ancient Russian-made MiG23s already destined for the recycling bin.

Trump team

The White House tweeted out this photo of the Trump team that delivered the Tomahawk Chop. Photo credit: White House via Twitter.

From a safe distance in the Mediterranean, US Navy warships lobbed in 59 cruise missiles also destined for the recycling bin (more than half failed to hit their targets!) in a weak show of force that nevertheless instantly transformed Trump in the eyes of even his most strident mainstream media detractors, from incompetent fascist buffoon to legitimate leader of the free world.

“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States,” gushed CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who several weeks ago unleashed a profanity-laden live-on-the-air tirade regarding Trump’s prodigious skills as a bullshit artist.

Zakaria was perhaps more correct than he imagined, being that he and the rest of the MSM with few exceptions immediately and unconditionally praised the unprovoked, unauthorized and potentially unconstitutional attack by the United States on the sovereign nation of Syria. Why didn’t I try this sooner? Trump must be thinking.

false flag

A false flag is an attack staged by one party designed to make it look like another party, usually an enemy, committed the attack. Meme courtesy Internet.

Trump’s strike was a response to unproven allegations that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, on the eve of winning a brutal four-year civil war against Sunni Muslim insurgents (“rebels” in MSM parlance), suddenly decided to use sarin gas on innocent men, woman and children, inviting certain condemnation from the West. Assad faced similar allegations in 2013, and the same crew clamoring for his blood now, were clamoring for his blood then, led by notorious neocon warmonger Sen. John McCain.

To President Barack Obama’s credit, he resisted the saber-rattlers and waited for the evidence on the alleged gas attack to come in. Obama had previously stated that use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would be a “red line” that if crossed would justify direct U.S. intervention. As it turned out, the evidence indicated the gassing was more likely the work of rebel factions seeking to draw the United States into the war with a so-called false flag attack than the Syrian government’s handiwork.

Obama determined the red line hadn’t been crossed and resisted calls to directly intervene in the conflict, perhaps one of the soundest decisions he made during his presidency.

Now Trump, facing a very similar set of circumstances, has made precisely the opposite decision, even though he vigorously campaigned against further military intervention in the Middle East, even though he must be aware that this alleged Syrian gas attack is even more dubious than the last.

The truth about the alleged gas attack in Syria is no one as of this writing actually knows who did what to whom, besides the rebels, the Syrians and the Russians, who are on the ground. The latter two have invited an independent investigation into the incident. That’s what would happen in a world ruled by laws, before any further action was taken.

Instead, in our media-driven world, alleged gas attacks on a handful of civilians are treated as somehow exponentially worse than the millions of Muslims the United States has murdered directly and indirectly during the past five decades.

We are in fact bombing Syria on a regular basis and have been since at least 2014. Obama may have not directly intervened, but in shades of Vietnam, he put U.S. boots on the ground in Syria, to direct airstrikes at the bequest of so-called moderate rebels against Syrian-held positions, occasionally killing Syrian soldiers and civilians in the process. The fact that the Syrian government has invited Russian armed forces to assist it in the civil war has both tempered U.S. actions and ratcheted up tensions in the region.

So in a sense, Trump’s Tomahawk Chop is just more business as usual. Of course, when it comes to foreign policy, Trump was supposed to be the no-more-business-as-usual candidate and I, like many of the people who supported him for this reason, was stunned and more than a little upset that the president, supposedly overcome by pictures of dying gassed Syrian babies, had launched a missile strike that could be potentially the first shot fired in WW III.

That was my initial reaction, anyway. I was watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, who was spinning her usual Trump-Russian conspiracy theories when her show was interrupted by breaking news of the strike.

Brian Williams took over and the script completely flipped. Over on CNN it was the same story with Anderson Cooper and company. After weeks of mercilessly bashing Trump, they were suddenly on his side, joined later by establishment Republicans and Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The MSM, the establishment, the military industrial complex love a good war! It was a baby version of 2003’s “Shock and Awe” attack on Iraq. I wondered how quickly that baby would grow into full-fledged military engagement.

I’m still wondering about that, but I’m not quite as worried. Trump’s strike was limited in scope; two days afterward, Syria was once again using the air base, since the main runway had been more or less unscathed. That’s small solace to the relatives of victims killed in the strike, but the lack of any follow-up strikes so far must be counted as a good omen.

Some supporters (and even detractors such as MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell) are touting this as another example of Trump’s 4D-chess genius. They say the limited strike had nothing to do with gassed babies, and everything to do with silencing Trump’s critics, particular on the alleged collusion with Russia issue. Some have even suggested that by launching an attack, Trump is now in a position where he can expose and prosecute the perpetrators of the latest gassing in Syria, should it be proven to be a false-flag attack.

real fake sarin gas

Some journalists have raised questions whether sarin gas was used in the latest attack, as rescue workers weren’t wearing protective gear and would have died handling the victims. Meme courtesy Internet.

I’m not so sure about that. Is spitting in the face of Russian president Vladimir Putin worth the price of getting the media on your side and the establishment off your back? We’ll be provided some clues about that when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov later this week.

I’m guessing Trump’s proposed reset with Russia, so heavily touted during the campaign, has been seriously set back, just like his pledges to remove and replace Obamacare and provide across-the-board tax cuts.

Moreover, our military entanglements in the Middle East have only increased during Trump’s short reign, again counter to his campaign promises. This isn’t the foreign policy I voted for, it’s Hillary Clinton’s. Clinton, in fact, is celebrating Trump’s actions, as are many Democratic interventionists.

If Trump truly is as narcissistic as his detractors claim, I’m concerned that all of this newfound adulation will encourage him to abandon the anti-interventionist philosophy that helped get him elected, in favor of gaining approval from the very establishment he ran against.

If that happens, well, it was a nice ride, but I’ll be getting off the Trump train.

R.V. Scheide
R.V. Scheide has been a northern California journalist for more than 20 years. He appreciates your comments and story ideas. He can be emailed at RVScheide@anewscafe.com.

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54 Responses

  1. Avatar cheyenne says:

    Changing subject.  Not fake news the Denver Post stated Anthem Blue Cross may be pulling out of the ACA unless the Republicans fix it.  Think what you want but this would leave most of rural Colorado without any ACA provider.  Anthem is also the only ACA provider left in Wyoming and much of Arizona and if they pull out of Colorado they will probably pull out of those states too.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Anthem Blue Cross is also the largest of the two ACA “Covered California” insurers in Shasta County, I believe.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Bring back the draft, then give everybody who serves honorably free healthcare via the VA. Works for me.

  2. Avatar Christian Gardinier says:

    So I guess that Syrian airport is up and running…. They used it the other day to do a few more bombing runs but kept the gas at home? But, as Trump ownes stock in Raytheon (missiles) I guess it’s safe to say war is good business as long as you don’t pay the taxes to pay for the war that is. And the saber rattling is well, as all the cable news gush, so presidential, so sexey. And, it’s giving shiny glitter for the press to talk about other than how disheveled, disorganized and corrupt and the Trump administration, let alone low poll numbers and string of failures in the last 100 day and the fact it’s blatantly turning on the interests of the middle class that voted for him, unless of course you’re a racist, anti public education, anti environment and anti female type of guy. Gotta wonder if all the Trump and Russian stuff is staged sleight of hand theater by Trump and his good buddy Putin to overt eyes from Republican – Russian collusion in American Democracy? All eyes right, keep focus on the shiny objects! Oh well, let’s see…. Hey how about a little action in North Korea?


  3. Avatar kerr, david says:

    The partisan divide in Shasta county grows deeper.  The statement of vote on the county website tells the tale.  The two sides don’t talk to each other about politics and read different media.  The landslide vote for Trump was because of the Supreme court and the quality of life in California.  The liberal media don’t tell you that 40 % of the recent gas tax hikes go to things like mass transit and state parks.  The governor made a billion in side deals to have it passed.  The Flash Report is a news aggregator which covers conservative views as well as liberal.  Freedom of the press implies that voters should be  well informed and exposed to both sides of the arguments.

    • Avatar Christian Gardinier says:

      Mr. Kerr, We liberals are making lots of progress right here in River City. As many of the folks that voted for Trump out of spite for Clinton, and many that didn’t vote at all because they like the rest of the world out there that this country would never vote for someone like Trump, are seeing daily that Trump as his Wall Street Cabinet are on the path to destroying the MIddle Class and our environment! Join us!


    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      David Kerr, I agree, that recent gas tax is a tough pill to swallow. Sales taxes are always regressive, and hurt the poorest among us worse than the rest. It’s a cruel trick raising gas prices on people who depend on transportation to get to their $10 per hour job.

  4. Avatar kerr, david says:

    Many voters held their noses and voted for Trump.  If liberals want  to make progress, instead of continuing to lose ground in Shasta county elections, they need to improve the quality of life in cities like Eureka, Marysville, Chico, Oroville,m Yuba city and Stockton.

  5. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Yeah, people in the news biz love a good blitzkrieg—During Bush II’s “Shock and Awe” campaign in Iraq, I recall being shocked and awed by the extent to which the MSM put on skirts, sweaters, and tennis shoes, and became shameless cheerleaders.  I watched for days, wondering, “When is someone going to ask hard questions about what the plan is for when all the ass-kicking is over?”

    Ever since Trump’s attempt at lighting Obamacare on fire and pissing it out backfired, I’ve been waiting for the inevitable distracting military engagement.  Americans traditionally rally around the troops and the Commander in Chief, at least until a conflict becomes a seemingly pointless bloodbath (Vietnam).  That’s the beauty of cruise missile conflicts—our warfighters don’t get shot at.  The strategy is simple and effective: Lob some million-dollars-each cruise missiles at some piles of junk in Syria, and create the illusion that: (1) you’re a strong, decisive leader, and (2) you’re not Putin’s puppet.  Hope that throws a bucket of ice water on the Russian interference investigation.

    That’s gotta be was the Golfer-in-Chief  thinking.  Why else for an absolutely ineffectual military operation, other than as hand-waving distraction?  We’ve seen repeatedly that when our military wants to do some serious damage in the Middle East, they do some serious damage.

    The only thing that would shock me at this point is if the whole deal was Putin’s idea.

    I’m kidding.  That wouldn’t shock me in the slightest.

    The really bad news:  If things start going south on Trump in a bigger way (and what are the chances that this collections of in-squabbling baboons will continue to march on their own junk?), get ready for Operation Kim Long Gone on the Korean Peninsula, which would have the potential to spark WWIII.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Actually, that’s exactly what MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was saying: Putin did it! Fucking amazing.

      I say your timing in line with the failed Obamacare repeal is about correct. Combined with the fake Russian collusion story, a lame military photo op was the only solution.

      • Avatar Carter Slade says:

        Without Trump, O’Donnell is irrelevant to anything resembling news. The fool is MSNBC’s town crier and wouldn’t know real news if it fell on his building…On the other hand, if he wasn’t anti-Trump, he wouldn’t be working at MSNBC…

  6. Avatar Steve Murray says:

    Up front, I despise Trump and his type of people. However, I don’t consider most of his voters his type  of people. His voters are mostly good, honest folks who fell for his BS. And now, like you RV, they feel betrayed, confused, lied to. Well, it’s true, you’ve been duped by a master con man grifter. There will be much more to come, so get used to it. When the news broke of the use of cruise missiles in Syria, my first thought, literally, was what about America first? What happened? And then what I knew already was confirmed in terms no Trump supporter can deny- Trump has NO core beliefs, everything is transactional. I have no clue what will happen tomorrow or next week or six months from now, and anyone who thinks they can know or even guess what Trump will throw out there might as well be reading a magic 8 ball.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I feel betrayed, but I”m not confused. I’ve been down this road before. Went down it with Obama, who dropped his peacenik ruse even before he took office, with the planning of Afghanistan surge. Once a leader burns me, there’s no going back. I’m not sure if Trump has crossed my red line yet … there may be some 4D Chess in play I’m not privy to, but it’s hard to see him coming back from this, especially if he’s as mentally ill as everybody seems to think he is.

  7. Avatar Rod says:

    Yawn, stretch sip some coffee.  This is so tired and boring RV…I’m gonna go ride 150 miles.  Hope to see you out there!

    • Avatar Carter Slade says:

      LOL Rod – ME TOO!!

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      You damn dopers are all the same. Fickle!

      • Avatar Richard DuPertuis says:

        You’ll see us there, Rod, again and again. That train runs in circles.

      • Avatar Carter Slade says:

        Speaking of fickle –

        “If that happens, well, it was a nice ride, but I’ll be getting off the Trump train….” and then quicker than you can say “might as well jump”,  “It feels good to get off the Trump train…”


    • Avatar Rod says:

      You guys shudda been there.  What a beautiful day in Shasta.  The planned 150 grew into 230.

      RV you dog.  I kept singing war protest songs in my helmet!  There I was Joan Baez ” The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind” “I ain’t no Senator’s son” “Somethin’s happenin’ here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”

      Yep, a good day to get out and about.


  8. Avatar Rev.Christopher Whedon says:

    Hard to believe anything these days about the “Trumpster” doing anything for the good of mankind. His”bombing” would make more sense if it was orchestrated with and for Russia. I believe the word CAHOOTS fits rather nicely there

  9. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Whatever happened to Diplomacy ? And getting on that Red phone and making a call to the players in the area and let them know how it’s going to be handled, rather than pushing the Def Con Button.  So far, the consensus seems to be The Donald has bamboozled you Trump-kins, what are ya gonna do now ?  And remember, your friend LaMalfa is one of his minions.  And Mr Kerr, it’s not up to Redding/Shasta Co. to make things better in other cities, it’s all about the new enlightened folks moving here that will do that, and they are coming.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      The first thing I did when I heard about the strike was tweet @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS and tell him what I think about this move.

      As I state above, I’ve been betrayed, but I”m not confused about it. I’m not as angry about it either. It feels good to get off the Trump train.

  10. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    And there goes Roe vs Wade with the Gorsuch confirmation.  I wonder why the Dems didn’t use the nuclear option when the R’s blocked Obama’s appointee to the Supreme Court?  And the geniuses in the legislature pulled a dead-of-night vote, and we’re stuck with a $52 billion gas tax that probably won’t be used for road repair but rather to line the pockets of legislators and their friends.  These are the same elected officials who rammed through another dead-of-night vote on the Cal-Fire issue that has cost us rural Californians $120 annually for a service that we – in our area at least – don’t need or use.  Cal-Fire supports fire departments all over California when needed; so why is it that urban residents aren’t taxed also?  Rant over.

    • Avatar Robert Scheide says:

      It is interesting to me the large number of the citizens of the US have the idea that they only want to pay for the services they personally use.  They apply that to all manner of programs that serve everybody.  For instance in health care they don’t think they should pay for somebody else to have a baby, or pay for somebody else’s cancer treatment.  I won’t give but one more example  of shared cost, 70% of us will end up in some long term care facility and we all pay for that , some of us even gladly.


    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I guarantee 100 percent that Roe vs Wade is not going to be overturned. You have to understand, the justices that passed it were WAY more conservative than today’s conservatives.

      The gas tax is a product of our majority Democrat Legislature.

  11. Avatar K. Beck says:

    I do not agree with what Trump did. I don’t know if what R. V. writes is accurate, or not. I DO know SOMEONE should have done SOMETHING about what Assad is doing in/to Syria a long time ago. The Dems have no spine. Look at what happened after 9-11. They goose-stepped behind George II’s war, apparently with no questions asked. Look where we are now, in perpetual war. Iraq had NOTHING, NOTHING, to do with the 9-11 bombings! Trump works for the Corporations. His military build up helps them.He is sucking up all the money from everywhere else and putting into the Military/Industrial Complex. Exactly what Eisenhower warned about. He is a “crony capitalist .”

    I just received this from Indivisible:

    “…we have to talk about Syria. The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity that the world cannot ignore, and those responsible must be brought to justice. However, no Commander in Chief should take lightly a decision to deploy the US military overseas—and if the President commits to a long-term military action, they’re legally required to seek congressional authorization.

    Whenever military action is taken, by any President, it is critical that Congress hold the President fully accountable. And that’s even more true when the President is a thin-skinned egomaniac. Trump cannot be allowed to fire off missiles the way that he fires off tweets. He cannot be allowed to bar Syrian child refugees from our shores and then claim he’s taking military action to protect them. And he absolutely cannot be allowed to drag us into another Middle East war. It’s Congress’ job to stop this from happening. Call your Member of Congress and demand that they return to session to exercise oversight over Trump’s warmongering.

    We also encourage you to think about ways to help the people of Syria. Organizations like the White Helmets, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee are just a few of the many organizations helping on the ground and assisting refugees. Stand with them as an ally. And make your voice heard: there’s never been a more important time to call on your MoCs to support Syrian refugees. During this April recess, ask them what they’re doing to make sure America truly supports Syrian refugees by allowing them to come to the United States.”

    [as an aside, R. V., go back and look at Trump’s “across-the-board tax cuts.” I think you will find they do not benefit “working class” citizens. AND, regarding your photo, do you really think everyday citizens in Syria have access to hazmat suits you show above? Assad probably has one in his mansion, I would not doubt that.]

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      K. Beck, I’m not going to break this to you gently. Hitting you over the head with it is the only thing that’s going to work. Here we go. Links/sources at bottom.

      No. 1: The White Helmets are an Al Qaeda propaganda operation, funding by an American nongovernmental organization to create Fake News in Syria to fool Americans back home into sending their kids to die in Syria. Source:


      No. 2: Virtually every bit of mainstream media you’ve read about Syria is a LIE. One of America’s most esteemed journalists (by journalists), Seymour Hersch, explains:

      I urge you to read these stories, and stop beating the Syrian war drums. The primary reason there’s a Muslim refugee problem is because Americans keep letting their government murder them in our name.


      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        The primary reason that there’s a Muslim refugee problem is that we keep murdering them?  Okay, I’ll agree that our meddling has been a huge destabilizing factor, but it’s more complicated than just that.  The refugee problem also exists because: (1) the Middle East is a cesspool of violent sectarian religious fanaticism; (2) it’s a collection of nations whose boundaries make no sense except as artifacts of colonial occupation; (3) its governments are led by military tyrants, royal family despots, and theological thugs; and (4) there are enormous discrepancies between the “haves” and “have nots” everywhere in the region, and (5) the prevailing Islamic culture seems to render the majority of people incapable of imagining transitioning to European-style secular democratic governments.

        There have been manifest reasons for a long time why people want to get the hell out of the Middle East—Europe had large Muslim ghettos long before our Neocons decided that they would probably be really good at military conquest and nation-building.

      • Avatar K. Beck says:

        I have no idea why you think you need to hit me over the head with whatever, or that I was “beating the Syrian war drum.” Seems like rash statements to me.

        At any rate, here is an article you might be interested in reading. It is long and I have not finished reading it but I need to get on with my life today. I have no pro or con reason for sending it to you other than it is written by Scott Ritter, maybe you have no use for him either, I don’t know. Or truthdig, for that matter. No point in yelling at me, I am just the messenger. Read it or don’t. It is up to you.


  12. Avatar Grammy says:

    President Kushner, I mean President Trump, is not listening to the American people, we are beneath him.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      No need to go into internecine squabbles. This is Trump’s decision, and he will own it, forever.

  13. Avatar Richard DuPertuis says:

    In that photo, R.V., check out the target of Bannon’s glare.

  14. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Regarding the last photo in the article, secondary exposure to sarin is an issue, but it’s not the issue that the photo suggests.  The doctors who treated sarin poisoning victims in Tokyo’s mass murder weren’t wearing protective gear.   Thirteen of 15 of the doctors described symptoms of exposure such as respiratory distress, but nothing close to life-threatening.

    It’s likely that the doctors in Syria had no idea what kind of toxicant they were dealing with when those photos were taken.  Hardly proof if fakery.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Well, gosh Steve, it’s an internet meme. But being the scientist you’re are, I”m sure you’ll agree that this alleged gas attack looks a lot like the last alleged gas attack, which the scientists at MIT could NOT attribute to Assad.

      Trump’s a fool for using this reason. He’s on the record recognizing the first one was a false flag. He’s lost the entire Alt-Right this week, and that means every white male in the country that voted for him.

      • Avatar Carter Slade says:

        Now RV, I’m not gonna completely agree with Towers but the meme is really no different that your No. 1 and No. 2 stories that you insist are factual. After all, all 3 come from the same place – the internet. If one reads the comments at the bottom of the linked Seymour Hersh piece, the responses are not much different from comments left at the bottom of your articles here. Some buy in, some don’t. It is a book review/buying site isn’t it?

        Debating politics on the internet is funny.  Anyone can find all kinds of articles to fuel whatever claim or belief they can think up, if they just know where to look. Did y’all know that NASA  claims the flags we left on the moon back in our moon trip days (they claim there are 6) are deteriorating and have photo proof taken so close up that there is an internet rumor that Bear Grylls may have been the photographer. Well, I’m not gonna believe it till I go up there myself and verify the story, at least the deteriorating flag part.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Hersch is just one story on the 2013 incident, there are many, including a full report from MIT, that concluded Assad did not do it. The overwhelming amount of evidence gathered indicates it was not Assad in 2013. Perhaps that’s why Trump and the US aren’t waiting for the evidence in 2017. At any rate, he’s a liar and a traitor to his own cause, and I’m off the train until he comes to his senses, if, and that’s a bigly if.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        I don’t think there’s any reason to disbelieve that there was a gas attack.  Who launchd it is a different question.  In Syria, there are so many opposing factions that want to kill each other, it’s not even a matter of saying that the attack was by one side or the other.

        When confronted with such a mess, Occam’s razor is useful. Who has chemical weapons and the means to deliver them? The simplest answer is Assad. The conspiracists say otherwise, and conspiracists are sometimes right. But conspiracists have the annoying trait of thinking that the products of their imaginations are proof enough.  It’s not a false-flag attack just because that’s the most interesting alternative in your mind, conspiracy nuts.

        • Avatar Carter Slade says:

          Im warming up to ya Steve.  Sloooowly but surely lol

        • Avatar Larry Winter says:

          How about this Occum’s razor viewpoint.  But first to your question.  “Who has chemical weapons and the means to deliver them?”  Are you sure Assad is the only player with chemical weapons in that war theater?  An al queda affiliate has been reported to have the capabilities to produce Sarin.  And the means to deploy them, just think Tokyo subway.

          Maybe this simple question is answered more easily.  Who has the most to gain by using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians?  Assad has been gaining ground on those that oppose him lately.  In this day and age of videos, he has nothing obvious to gain by doing this.  The opposition has nothing to lose and everything to gain by having the blame put onto Assad.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Actually, as I pointed out above, the answer to who did the gas attack in 2013 was almost undoubtedly the rebels, probably from Al Nusra Front, a classic false flag attack, that almost suckered Obama in. So Occam’s razor says that’s the most obvious answer. Except this time, we’ve apparently got a sucker for president.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Let’s just go Full Monty conspiracy theory, shall we?

          The question:  Who has the most to gain by using chemical weapons against civilians, resulting in the US taking an apparent hard line against Russian-backed Assad?  

          The answer:  The Putin-Trump bromance.  

          Trump gets to create the illusion that he’s gone tough on Putin by bombing a pile of junk MIGs and a few office clerks.  Putin gets to keep in play the most powerful tool in his tool chest—far more valuable than his influence over Assad.  He gets to retain his influence on Trump by creating the illusion that they’re not in collusion.  Putin would throw 10 Assads under the bus for that.

      • Avatar K. Beck says:

        GOOD! : )

        • Avatar K. Beck says:

          I hit the “Reply” button to respond to R. V.’ last comment and it ends up after Steve’s comment. Could someone fix this? This has happened before to others besides me. Thanks.

  15. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    Thank you for the thought provoking article R.V.  You added some details to what is already for me a confusing action by Donald Trump.   I haven’t been following the news, but I remember how, like Steve, I was shocked at how readily news organizations and usually-rational people wholeheartedly supported President Bush’s attack on Iraq.

    I enjoy everything you write as well as the responses your pieces illicit for fellow readers.  Thank you again.


  16. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    from….fellow readers!

  17. Avatar K. Beck says:

    “He’s lost the entire Alt-Right this week, and that means every white male in the country that voted for him.” THIS is the comment I was commenting on, SEVEN posts above!