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.
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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