“I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We are now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen. And President Xi was enjoying it,” Trump said.So, he is describing his dinner with Xi, right?
“And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded. What do you do? And we made a determination to do it. So the missiles were on the way. “The asshole is boasting about how he operated as the commander-in-chief while entertaining the visiting Chinese president. "we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen." Oh how far have we fallen!
And I said: ‘Mr President, let me explain something to you … we’ve just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq [sic] … heading toward Syria and I want you to know that.’
“I didn’t want him to go home … and then they say: ‘You know the guy you just had dinner with just attacked [Syria].’”
In an emotion-filled post at the NYRB, a Syrian-American physician writes about witnessing an earlier chemical attack--on August 21, 2013. After this latest attack, he writes:
While I was submitting a report for the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) on how our hospitals in Syria handled the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun, I was struck by how familiar the aftermath is: journalists asking the same questions, pictures of the children killed, mothers looking for their kids among the unidentified bodies, Western leaders threatening retaliation, and the international media make a huge noise but without any effective action from the international community. All of this came to my mind.Soap. Rinse. Repeat. :(
In lobbing the missiles, trump has traveled the same old rut:
Americans sometimes see the degree of military intervention as a function of political will — if the president cared, he would intervene. This reveals a deeper assumption: that American power can solve any crisis, but only if it is sufficiently and correctly applied.Who else but trump who proclaimed that only he alone can solve our problems! Remember that?
Jeremy Shapiro, the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, has argued that the United States is also driven by what he calls “the American omnipotence problem.”Missiles lobbed. Now what?
A string of military victories in the early 1990s, Mr. Shapiro told The New York Times in October, established an assumption “that any problem in the world is basically solvable by American power if there is sufficient political will.”
As a result, when a crisis emerges, and Americans are confronted with images like those Mr. Trump saw from Syria, the question raised is often not whether the United States is capable of imposing a solution, but why it hasn’t.
If the cruise missile attack was a one-and-done warning, it changes nothing. If it was an opening salvo of some kind, what follows? Either we're on a slippery slope toward deeper military involvement, or we remain helpless witnesses to unspeakable carnage.Oh well, maybe the 63 million who voted for their fuhrer know better!