Trump & Syria – Pt. 2

At the Jewish Daily Forward, Sam Kestenbaum has a piece titled “The ‘Alt-Right’ Is Blaming The Jews For Trump’s Syria Airstrike”:

President Trump’s Thursday airstrike against Syria may strip him of the support and adoration of his “alt-right” and white nationalist fans — some of whom are describe the move as part of a “Jewish coup” of Trump’s White House.

“I am ready to condemn Donald Trump,” white nationalist Richard Spencer who popularized the term “alt-right,” said in a YouTube video to his followers. “I certainly condemn these actions just taken in Syria.”

The video, posted Friday morning, was titled “The Trump Betrayal.”…

Others emphasized how the ouster of Steve Bannon from Trump’s National Security Council appeared to be a power play by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — Kushner being someone they see as exerting unwelcome “Jewish influence” on the White House…

Andrew Anglin, editor of the Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer concluded that the “most likely” reason for Trump to take the move against Syria was that he was being “manipulated by Jews and the ‘deep state’ intelligence community in a devious manner.” “If [this] is true, we have a very, very serious problem on our hands, as it means Trump is now under the control of the Jews,” Anglin wrote in a Friday post

“I’m officially OFF the Trump train,” tweeted Paul Joseph Watson‏, an editor at Infowars.

Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist American Renaissance, wrote bluntly on Twitter: “@realDonaldTrump has suddenly become stupid.”

The most significant Alt-Right repudiation of Trump’s Syria bombing is probably “God Emperor No More” by Greg Johnson:

Donald Trump’s dizzying about-face on Syria has won the temporary applause of his enemies, but he has forever lost the respect of his most ardent supporters on the Alt Right, the people who actually believe in and defend his nationalist-populist message, including his America First foreign policy.

I thought Trump’s willingness to fight a two-front war against the Democrats and his own party was sufficient proof that he was sincere about his America First foreign policy. But he ditched it at its first real test.

I no longer trust Donald Trump.

But it is worse than that. I no longer like or respect Trump either. Trump didn’t just betray us. He betrayed us over something utterly stupid. We’ve seen this all before. We’ve seen pictures of dead or injured Syrian children on CNN (although not the victims of US-backed forces). We’ve heard stories of Assad “gassing his own people.” We’ve seen the same vulgar emotional manipulation and ginned-up storms of social signaling. We’ve been asked to start wars based on what some little Syrian Anne Frank allegedly says on Twitter. We know that the press, politicians, and intelligence agencies behind this are trying to topple Assad. We know that they are liars, because they are the same people who lied to get us into the Iraq War. And Trump has seen it all too. He knew better. We know he knew better, because of a long history of Tweets about Syria, which now make him look like a feckless hypocrite. So for him to fall for the warmongers this time frankly makes me question his intelligence, his character, even his sanity…

While I believe Johnson may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater here, his subsequent ruminations on Trump’s Syria action are worth some thought:

Some have suggested that Trump changed his Syrian policy out of Machiavellian calculations:

  • To impress/intimidate the President of China, who was dining with him in Florida
  • To impress/intimidate Putin, to make him more tractable in future negotiations
  • To undermine the “Trump is beholden to Putin/the Russians ‘hacked’ the election” narrative that Democrats have been pushing because they are incapable of taking responsibility for Hillary Clinton’s disastrous candidacy
  • To placate Jewish warmongers and their lapdogs like McCain, Rubio, and Graham, as well as their chorus of media shills
  • To get his faltering Presidency back on track by doing something popular with the establishment that opposes him
  • To convince the world that he is a dangerous madman, to make other powers more tractable to US designs

We are also told that the ineffectual nature of the strike was actually part of the plan. The Syrians and Russians were forewarned, expensive equipment was removed, etc. Missiles were allegedly deactivated in flight. (Certainly more comforting than believing that Russian technology shot a lot of them down.) Trump does not want to actually harm Assad. There was no risk of escalation with Russia or Iran. Trump just wants to do one or all of the above.

Frankly, I’m not buying it. None of these theories are half as clever as purported.

Russia and China would not be impressed or intimidated by a mere expensive fireworks display that risked nothing. But if Trump tried to hurt Assad and failed, that is hardly impressive or intimidating either, and saving face would require escalation, perhaps into outright war.

If Trump warned the Russians and Syrians and did nothing to hurt Assad, it would support, not undermine, the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. It is a meme that the Democrats would rather court nuclear war than take responsibility for their own failure. If Trump actually tried to hurt Assad and risked real escalation with Russia, one has to ask: Is it worth a nuclear war to shut these people’s lying mouths? Trump would have to be mad to think so.

If the establishment can get Trump to do its bidding by blocking his policies, it will only continue to stymie Trump until more Danegeld is extorted. Trump surely knows better. It is far too early to declare Trump’s administration a failure. Realistically, I expected him to be stymied by liberals and cucks for a full two years, until the 2018 elections. Trump was never deterred by bad press. How many times was he declared finished in the primaries and election? He didn’t listen before, so why would he start now?

Trump has already convinced a significant percentage of the world that he is a dangerous madman. But the Syria pivot does not support that perception. It supports the conclusion that he is a mercurial, hypocritical buffoon who cannot be trusted to maintain his most basic promises. How, exactly, does that make him a more formidable negotiator?

The most plausible explanation for the Syria pivot comes from Seventh Son at The Daily Shoah (Episode #145). When Trump was asked about the gas attack by a reporter at the news conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, he saw it as an opportunity for abusing Obama as a weak little girl for declaring a red line in Syria and then backing down when Assad crossed it rather than acting decisively. When asked if this attack crossed any red lines for him, Trump of course had to agree and amplify, lest he too be a weak little girl like Obama.

In short, Trump painted himself into a corner with his big mouth, his adolescent Alpha posturing, and his fixation on denigrating Obama, and since acknowledging mistakes has never been Trump’s strong suit, it was child’s play for the establishment to spring into action and funnel him into launching airstrikes. The politicians, pundits, and masses are well-programmed with Jewish talking points. All they needed was an opening, then all the tools started whirring for war.

Let’s hope that Trump has realized his mistake and decides to declare victory and turn back to real priorities.

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