The media taught Trump a very bad lesson in Syria.
Syria was a STUNT. The MOAB in Afghanistan is a STUNT. From Monday: Trump has now learned Bombs=Media Applause pic.twitter.com/fLVI1USvqj
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 13, 2017
John McCain speaking of the Russian story predicted another shoe would be dropping every three days or so. The last few days it’s been much faster than that.
Trump world is about to come crashing down. It's going to be messy, expensive and require a great deal of popcorn.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 14, 2017
Trump had tried everything to get Russia off the front pages-enlisting Devin Nunes, falsely accusing Susan Rice of doing something untoward. Finally he found something that can do it:
I'll tell u why Trump is threatening nuclear w N Korea tonite: he bombed Afghanistan & it didn't distract from Trump-Russia. Dialing it up
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 13, 2017
Earlier in the day he tried to steal the headlines again by dropping ‘the mother of all bombs’-the largest non nuclear bomb ever dropped in Afghanistan. What we didn’t hear was what the damage of this was. Trump acted as if he had no agency over this-‘I’ve fully authorized my military’-which sort of misses the point of civilian control of the military.
But as more than one person pointed out, you don’t give a bomb a name for any reason other than propaganda purposes. What the media has taught Trump is the only thing that can knock Russia off the front page are military rattlings.
But the biggest bomb since Hiroshima wasn’t enough to knock Russia off the front page. So now Trump is messing around in the Korean peninsula.
I feel like America is playing spectator to a grim race: will Donald Trump START A SECOND KOREAN WAR or be IMPEACHED FOR TREASON first? pic.twitter.com/qE5ypzYZg6
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 14, 2017
Does Trump want a nuclear war? What he does want is to keep Russia off the front pages. And though post Syria, there’s been less talk about Russia, a lot has happened the past week-that normally would and should lead the news.
Luckily, Roger Stone won’t shut up. He was on Meet the Press yesterday. Brilliant move by Sean Spicer in calling him a hanger on. Every since then, Stone has literally not shut up. This is not at all good for either Trump or Stone himself. Stone would be much better off if he’d learn how to clam up. But happily, he neither can or will.
Imagine if he hadn’t strutted all over the place about his ‘back channel communications with Wikileaks?’
Then again, imagine if Donald Trump hadn’t said ‘Russia are you listening? Hack her emails. I think you’ll find you’ll be richly rewarded by our press.’
Among the headlines Trump doesn’t want out: that foreign intelligence actually had already spotted his Russia connections in 2015. For the record, the British got there first.
And the CIA was there quicker than the FBI at least publicly. The FBI-for reasons that still need to be investigated-was late to the party. They were worried about impacting the election (!). Exactly. That along with how they treated the Hillary email investigation needs to be explained. No wonder Comey’s legacy is shot.
There are also stories from intel sources that first big arrests in Trump-Russiagate are expected next week.
And that foreign intel just released a tape to the FBI of Trump’s kids engaging in illegal behavior.
Or that Trump’s old buddy Rudy Giuliani wants to flip on Trump.
So when you want to understand what Trump is doing in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea, you can’t possibly do it without the backdrop of trying to outrun the Russian scandal that is just like Godzilla in Tokyo: just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger…
Add to this the fact that Trump has many times bemoaned ‘What’s the use in having these nuclear weapons if we can’t use them?’
That he yesterday used the biggest non nuclear bomb-without knowing any of the actual effects yet, as this was hidden-makes you wonder what’s next? How can he top that? There’s only one way…
There is a lot of talk about Trump’s ‘flipflops’ in the media the last few days. Many in the media insist on spinning this as a good thing for now. This is something I totally disagree with. I have no problem with ‘evolving’ but Trump’s changes are too sudden and abrupt. The bottomline is unpredictability is not a selling point especially with foreign policy.
We have no idea where Trump stands and I disagree this in any sense a selling point.
But it makes no sense unless you remember Trump is trying to change the story from Russia.
As Seth Abramson says, maybe in the end Trump will feel his only hope of taking the coming impeachment out of the papers is to drop a bomb on North Korea.
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