I’ve waited five days before commenting on the missile attack against the airport near Homs, Syria. My reason for waiting is that interpreting words or deeds without at least some context is usually a waste of time.
Trump has now had five days to provide that context, which in this case would need to be an articulation of a strategy in our relationship with Syria. He has failed to do so, meaning there very likely is no intelligent context in which to interpret the meaning of the attack.
Yes, there is a very narrow context: Syria’s attack in Idlib with chemical weapons. If we see our American response as merely a “pin prick” retaliation to convey to the Syrian king Assad that chemical warfare will not be permitted, then I suppose we could say it was a good response: limited and purely military.
The problem with that assessment, however, is that it neglects huge questions which must be answered. With nearly half a million Syrian citizens killed so far from Syrian and Russian forces, the death of “merely” a hundred by chemical means is a tiny part of the whole problem. Given Trump’s penchant for ignoring the heart of a problem and tackling some some part of it (the little part that fits into his cranium), it seems almost certain that Trump is just reacting to a detail and simply lacks any sort of broad picture.
We sent 60 missiles into Syria as Trump’s thoughtless, knee-jerk reaction to some awful pictures from Idlib? Yes, lacking any context to give the deed a broader meaning, that’s what we’re left with.
Is there any clue from the administration about a long-range plan? None at all. Like Bush’s short-sighted invasion of Iraq, Trump’s attack seems ultimately pointless. Remember all the times Trump told us he had a plan but didn’t want to disclose it? A bald faced lie. Remember him telling us he knows more about the Iraq than do the generals? A bald faced lie. trump is nothing but bluff, just one big false front.
A man who does not hold himself responsible for truth is, most simply put, irresponsible. An irresponsible man in the world’s most responsible position? That’s a dangerous situation beyond what any words can describe.