Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What The Donald accomplished in Syria

The Donald's chess move.
Everyone, left an right, is criticizing The Donald on his cruise missile attack on Syria on the air base from which a chemical attack on Syrian citizens was launched.

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, has been prescient about The Donald all along, and he offers this perspective.
What’s an American President to do? If Trump does nothing, he appears weak, and it invites mischief from other countries. But if he launches 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base base within a few days, which he did, the U.S. gets several benefits at low cost: 
1. President Trump just solved for the allegation that he is Putin’s puppet. He doesn’t look like Putin’s puppet today. And that was Trump’s biggest problem, which made it America’s problem too. No one wants a president who is under a cloud of suspicion about Russian influence. 
2. President Trump solved (partly) for the allegation that he is incompetent. You can hate this military action, but even Trump’s critics will call it measured and rational. Like it or not, President Trump’s credibility is likely to rise because of this, if not his popularity. Successful military action does that for presidents. 
3. President Trump just set the table for his conversations with China about North Korea. Does China doubt Trump will take care of the problem in China’s own backyard if they don’t take care of it themselves? That negotiation just got easier. 
4. Iran might be feeling a bit more flexible when it’s time to talk about their nuclear program. 
5. Trump’s plan of a Syrian Safe Zone requires dominating the Syrian Air Force for security. That just got easier. 
6. After ISIS is sufficiently beaten-back, the Syrian government will need to negotiate with the remaining entities in Syria to form a lasting peace of some sort that keeps would-be refugees in place. Syria’s government just got more flexible. It probably wants to keep the rest of its military. 
7. Israel is safer whenever an adversary’s air power is degraded.
Well, he was smart enough to get elected President.

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