General John Nicholson; he ordered MOAB drop.
Friday, 14 April (Early Edition):
The people in the Trumpian universe must have their heads spinning.
Is the 45th President backtracking on key promises? Or is he adjusting on the fly to realities on the ground?
As Donald Trump approaches his 100 day mark -and don't forget the progressives hoped to have driven him out by now- the pundit class is pounding the airwaves with all sorts of guesswork and supposition.
The media has always had
a moth/flame attraction to Trump; it's one of the major reason he won. The biggest mistake his adversaries made, and continue to make, is underestimating him. They did the same with Bush the younger, and he got the better of them for 8 years.
he had the deep state solidly in his corner and a dad who was CIA director.
Trump has none of these advantages; indeed he is both hated and feared by these same entities. But all of a sudden he's playing neocon ball.
Or is he? Think about it.
With the pressure on both sides miring his presidency down he needed to do something. This is where the advice of Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner was invaluable. He just HAD to at least appear he is making some concessions.
As much as he and
the unfairly maligned Steve Bannon wanted to make dramatic, and sweeping changes they were always in a precarious position. The deep state made sure constant pressure was applied, and the fraudulent Russiagate issue was weaponized.
One more time. No
matter WHAT contacts he had with Russia, none of this was illegal. We are not in a state of war with them, and the previous crowd had extensive contact and shady dealings with them.
It's always been a lie, and not a very good one.
So, when the chemical attack occurred, he was forced to make a move. He chose one that had a lot of good public relations to it that had no other real significance. Then, after another series of leaks (illegal) shifted the narrative back to the spy thing,
the MOAB break came.
It was not his decision. But he gave the green light to the battlefield commander, they used the proper munitions to address the situation, and Trump got the 'bump'; Rasmussen has him at 48% (ignore Gallup, it uses a dated model
still) and the pundits are all amazed at how he's 'growing into the job'.
Once again, what did he do?
Nowhere near as much as his former critics are giving him credit for, nor as bad as his supporters are wailing about.
The 'former critics',
almost all neocons, are trying to 'direct him' to their desired policy goal. His voters want whaat he promised. The media, trying to drive a wedge there, is making hay out of his 'failed promises' even as they celebrate the change.
However, there is
at least as much evidence that he and his inner circle are actually using this current reality to affect change. The Syria conflict is something that was winding down; Assad was busy wiping out the last of the resisitance.
But the desire to reach a
setttlement with his retention of power was almost certainly a mistake. He had agreed previously to step aside after the conflict was resolved. He recently changed his mind.
He was buoyed by the Russian assistance and the laisseiz faire approach of
the new administration. Assad got greedy, and this became a real problem, not only for the west but for Russia as well.
They just want the buffer state and the port at Tartus.
These needs can be addressed; the disagreement over just who did the
chemical attack is a pretext to resoulution. It doesn't make any difference, really.
So, by backing Russia up a bit it takes the deep state heat off of the administration, and sets up a path to peace. This was not there two weeks ago.
a mopup for a victory that would have never really worked in the long run. No matter what one thinks of Assad, a dentist who had to take over a country he didn't want to rule, there was no way he coud remain in power permanently.
Too much blood on his
Now, as far as the MOAB blast in Afghanistan, this was just serendipitous timing. The on site commander wanted to 'go after the rats' that hid in the cave complex. They were doing hit and run attacks on coalition forces and then returning to
This device solved that. A hyperbaric explosive, it's overpressure forces air OUT of the tunnels, and asphyxiation occurs. Not to mention all munitions in the network will ignite. Very nasty bit of business.
ISIS was taking over for
the Taliban forces that had moved on. This was not a good development; this is no longer Mullah Omar and his band of pirates. This was turning into a headquarters for Daesh, or whatever they want to call them.
Trump ran on defeating them. He is keeping
Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions is running a single handed campaign to halt illegal immigration that is working spectacularly. The Open Borders crowd is besides itself, but the war stuff is keeping them off the front page.
Another win for
Trump. He is gaining the foothold on the government he needs; the progressives will NEVER stop trying to drive him out, so this was very important. He is also advancing the ball policy-wise.
Health care reform might just be a couple weeks away.
As Rush Limbaugh said, do not underestimate just HOW many want to see him fail, Republicans included.
Trump's high wire act will continue for awhile, so get used to it...