If the Dog Barks, Wag it; NY Times Says ‘Arf, Arf’
The Times has still not been scared straight by Donald Trump. Despite everything we’ve seen and heard from him in 11 weeks, they still are taking his Road to Damascus conversion totally credulously.
I seriously can't with this NYT headline. pic.twitter.com/gMnQN77V50
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) April 7, 2017
Sure, Donald Trump’s big ole heart just can’t countenance seeing children and babies hurt. That’s why he’s pushed the army to rollback many of the strictures against targeting civilians. You don’t kill 200 Iraqi civilians without really trying.
Then again, Trump’s buddy from Black Rock, Erik Prince, really tries. But Trump has this big ole heart that’s so big and deep.
Recall that not long ago, Trump said he would look Syrian children in the eye and tell them they can't come to the United States. https://t.co/S2LYmCAWWw
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 7, 2017
What a softie. But this is why this is smart politics though questionable policy. It achieves little. As it is, Assad new it was coming and made sure to clear out the area. Trump had alerted Russia, despite Russia’s jawboning after the fact.
I’m sure Russia wasn’t who alerted Assad. But Wag the Dog is smart. Heck, it’s Trump’s only play. It’s been clear at some point the War on Terrorism will be his only card. But who knew we’d be here after 11 weeks?
Check out Brian Williams orgasming over cruise missiles last night.
good thing we don't have govt-controlled media in this country pic.twitter.com/fLkt9lQZa6
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) April 7, 2017
The saddest thing here is Brian Williams is probably not lying this time. He likely thinks missile strikes are beautiful. https://t.co/11XnE4EbjO
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) April 7, 2017
By then, of course, I’d turned off Rachel Maddow and so I got to miss that one.
The good news is, Congress is not inclined to give Trump too much rope.
Even the hawkish Marco Rubio is while supporting Trump’s action last night, signaling a warning to Trump:
“Rubio: Syrians need to topple Assad, not foreign forces.”
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that a coalition of different Syrian groups, not foreign ground forces, should topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.”
“First of all, he has to be removed from power through a combination of alternatives on the ground that are Syrians, not foreign fighters or foreign forces,” Rubio said on CBS.
Another words, not US forces.
The Senate will be briefed today.
Nancy Pelosi is demanding Paul Ryan bring the House back from recess.
Of course, Mitch McConnell, the ultimate GOP hack, says Trump doesn’t need authorization.
Though he criticizes Obama on the ‘red line’ he didn’t vote to give it to him.
“I think that this is not a situation that requires an AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force,” he told Hewitt. “We passed one in back in 2001 and 2002, I believe, and the previous president thought that it authorized what we were doing in that part of the world and I expect this president thinks the same.”
Sure Trump ‘thinks the same.’ Trump also thought the Muslim ban would pass constitutional mustard and that healthcare reform is a snap.
Regarding AUMF, McConnell’s reading is off:
I'm no lawyer, but if anything in Syria is covered by 2001's AUMF, it's our counter-Nusra strikes. Counter-Daesh a stretch. Counter-Asad no. https://t.co/eGjK79QSn6
— Andrew Exum (@ExumAM) April 7, 2017
Imagine if Hillary had launched a strike from her beach house without constitutional approval?
If Hillary Clinton had launched a Syrian strike from her beach house without congressional approval she would've already been impeached
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) April 7, 2017
So Trump does it from Margo Lago-where he continues to violate the Emoluments Clause.