Our boy-who-would-be-king is known to love governing by chaos. Well, he should be ecstatic now.
For those who want to take a look at what a mess the white house has become, I recommend an article in the Washington Post titled: “Trump is operating on a tornado of impulses – and no clear strategy – as he deals with Syria, trade and the Russia probe.”
The Syrian whirlwind seems most crucial to resolve right away as the president impulsively tweeted all sorts of threats when it appeared the Assad government had once again used chemical weapons on some of his people a few days ago. The Bloviator-in-Chief huffed and puffed signaling quick devastating action against Assad, but that has been delayed.
His impulsivity ignored the need to fully confirm the action, not to mention having an actual response plan, since our military seemed as surprised as the rest of us by the little king’s threats. This especially because a week ago he wanted to pull our two or three thousand troops out of Syria, basically ending our commitment there. Apparently he did not inform his advisers beforehand, and they pushed him to reconsider.
Now instead of pulling out, we seem on the edge of jumping in more in some way. As I type I hear on cable TV in the other room, that the chemical use is now confirmed. And decisions on Syria will come “fairly soon.”
In his carelessness, Mr. Impulsivity has put American prestige on the line and the trick is to make Assad feel he is paying a big price for those chemical attacks, while not igniting a military conflict with Russia in the process. This feels like someone with fading eyesight trying to thread a very small eye of a needle. It is hard to imagine a sanguine conclusion.
As to what will happen: I haven’t a clue. But it figures to be big news one way or another….soon.