Friday, April 7, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 7, 2017

Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest: The Trump Doctrine: Fire At Will

Trump’s little bombing campaign is unifying a fractured GOP behind him.

Hillary Clinton announced on Thursday in New York that the Trump administration should “take out [Assad’s] airfields.” It’s starting to look as though the Trump administration is acting on her foreign-policy stands, at least if you take seriously Trump’s professions about why he needed to launch his humanitarian intervention in Syria against Shayrat Air Field last night. Trump spoke of “beautiful babies” killed in a “barbaric act.” And in recent days, the knees of Trump’s advisers such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have started to go wobbly. Only a few days ago, Tillerson and other Trump officials were giving their benison to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He could, they said, remain in power, and his fate would be “decided by the Syrian people.” No longer. Now Tillerson says it’s time for the old boy to leave power.

But how?

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 7, 2017

Is Syria strike the beginning of a ‘Trump doctrine’? -- Peter Apps, Reuters

How Trump and His Team Decided to Strike Syria -- Michael Warren, Weekly Standard

Trump Squeezes Putin in Syria. Don't Assume That's Good. -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

What's America's Next Move in Syria? -- Aaron David Miller & Richard Sokolsky, National Interest

Does Trump Know What to Do After Striking Syria? -- Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic

The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? -- Daniel R. Depetris, The Hill

Thank Trump for Enforcing Obama's 'Red Line' in Syria -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

The Fight Against the Islamic State Just Got Harder -- Andrew Exum, The Atlantic

Will ISIS Rebuild in Afghanistan? -- Jacqueline Sutherland, RCW

Dinner-time airstrike leaves China having to reassess Trump -- Tom Phillips, The Guardian

North Korea Cyberspace Offensives Pose Challenge in U.S.-China Relations -- Frank J. Cilluffo & Sharon L. Cardash, RCD

There’s still hope for the established political parties of Europe -- John Lloyd, Reuters

The Pentagon Is Spending More On Contracts, But There’s A Problem -- Thomas Phippen, Daily Caller

Susan Rice, Michael Flynn, and the politics of surveillance -- Peter Grier, CSM

Why the Trump-Russia investigation may continue for years -- Tim Weiner, Reuters


Jac said...

There is some hypocritical people who call Trump to go to Congress for its 59 missiles on Syria because this country didn't attack us. Well, when Obama send almost 200 missiles on Libya, it was exactly the same thing.

B.Poster said...


Libya hasn't worked out so well. This one is even less likely to work out well. Hopefully I'm missing something here and am wrong.

Anonymous said...

B. Poster,

You are not wrong and I have the same question you have. I was just underlining that the same people who was okay with Libya are not with Syria on the same scheme. That's only for an honesty of mind.
For the future, all is open... and with Putin it will be less easy than with Kaddafi.