Burst your bubble: five conservative takes on Donald Trump’s Syria strike

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Rightwingers who said Trump would subdue neoconservatism are howling with fury after a missile attack on Syria and others are trying to justify it

Down is up and up is down. Last week, Mr America first rained down Tomahawk missiles on a country whose relationship to the USs vital interest is less than clear. Along with some outbuildings on a Syrian airfield, conservative media was set alight.

The alt-right patriots, paleocons and dissident rightwingers who hailed Trump as the conquerer of neoconservatism are howling with rage. The neocons are, within the limits imposed by age and a sedentary life, doing a fair impression of dancing a jig. Merely a select few are considering the possibility that Trumps first attack on another country might have arisen from the same swamp of incoherence and impulsivity as everything else his administration does.

White House Source: Trump Pushes Back on Neo-con Plan to Invade Syria

Publication : Infowars Author : Paul Joseph Watson Why you should read it : Put yourself in Alex Joness shoes. Youve given up your decades-old position as a conspiracy-minded foreigner to throw in your lot with Trump. Youve gone from alleging pedophilic conspiracies in high places and governmental collusion with black helicopter globalists to defending the commander-in-chief against all critics. Youve implied that the president comes to you for advice. And then the guy does precisely what he said he would never do and bombs Syria. Your offsiders suggests that theyre off the Trump develop. Principle seems to demand that you do, too. How do you square the circle? How do you avoid a humiliating climbdown? Easy-peasy pump out something on the website arguing that somehow, despite bombing Syria, Trump is still fighting the neocons. Excerpt : Trumps aim with the air strike was to destroy Syrias remaining chemical weapons to induce Assad follow through on the deal. If he didnt act, Trump would have been eviscerated by his critics as being equally as weak as Obama.

However, increasingly prominent neo-cons within the administration, led by National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, are exploiting the circumstances to maneuver Trump into a position where he is pressured into green lighting a full scale ground war, an attack on Damascus and a confrontation with Russia.

There Is No Trump Doctrine, And Thats Okay

Publication : Commentary

Author: Noah Rothman has long been this column favourite neoconservative

Why you should read it : Rothman makes an effort to finesse their own problems that all individuals might want to claim Trump faces: Trump has no clear foreign policy dogma. But this isnt because Trumps decision-making is largely an outcome of whatever he happens to see on TV, according to Rothman its because these things take time. Excerpt : This display of self-consciousness by pro-Trump patriots is fitting. Their efforts to retrofit a compelling rationale onto whatever Trump felt like saying in the moment, often before adoring crowds that dictated the tempo and content of the presidents campaign-trail speeches, was always a fraught prospect. They deserve the terror thats now gripping them. Yet, in their nervousnes, Trumps Originals have created a decide of conditions that no president should be expected to meet. Of course, there is no such thing as the Trump doctrine. Its day 80.

With Syria attack, Trump employs part of surprise on his voters

Publication : Washington Examiner Author : Byron York is a rare animal a fixture in rightwing media who makes an effort to subordinate his partisanship to his journalism. Why you should read it : York constructs the point based on polling and deliberation with political pros that Trumps attack seems to have bewildered many voters. This is not what he campaigned on indeed, he seemed to promise to rein in the war machine to focus on the domestic issues that have turned voters against the political establishment. He may have won over the generals, but what about his own foot soldiers? Excerpt : Trumps no-explanations style is especially bad for his political lucks because, beyond what he promised would be a quick, intense, and winning effort to destroy Isis, he did not campaign on the idea of going to war. Just the opposite; Trump campaigned day in day out on a platform of keeping the United States out of the mess in the Middle East. Trump often excoriated George W Bush for the big, fat mistake of going to war in Iraq.

Is Trump Joining The War Party?

Publication: The American Conservative

Author: Former Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchanan founded the American Conservative after abortive operates for president through the 1990 s and early 2000 s. His paleoconservative isolationism troubled George HW Bush in 1992 and devoted him a platform to launch the concept of culture war.

Why you should read it : No one get played by Trump more comprehensively than Buchanan. Like many others, he saw Trump as a more populist rerun of his own tilts at the Republican nomination in the 90 s. Throughout the campaign, he acted as a virtual surrogate, heaping effusive kudo on what he took to be Trumps isolationist instincts. But like everything Trump says, his stated inclinations on the Countries of the middle east were vague and open to reversal. Excerpt : As in most wars, the first shots fired receive the loudest cheers. But if the president has thrown in with the neocons and War Party, and “weve been” plunging back into the Mideast maelstrom, Trump should know that many of those who helped to nominate and elect him to keep us out of unnecessary wars may not be standing by him.

Kristol: Trump Mugged by Reality

Publication : The Weekly Standard, Kristol Clear podcast

Author: Michael Graham fulfills his appointed weekly role of tossing flattery and softball questions in the few gaps in a ranting by William Kristol, neocon eminence grise, war fan, and Weekly Standard founder.

Why you should listen : While Buchanan glowers, his old neocon rival Kristol is left to gloat. It used to be the far right, paleocons, and old-school nationalists had to retrofit a rationale for Trumps actions. Now its the turn of their sworn foes, the neocons, to explain in hindsight how Trumps channel-surfing caprices are actually part of a scheme that induces sense. Excerpt : From 1:55, listen to Kristols self-serving explanation of how Trumps Syria strike was a result of him being mugged by reality. Reality, despite all proof to the contrary over the past two decades, is here understood to correspond with neoconservative doctrine.

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