Until yesterday, Donald Trump was fine with Bashar al-Assad remaining in power. Rex Tillerson gave Assad a green light and the dictator took advantage of it by using chemical weapons on his own people. He’s his father’s son, after all: that’s how they run the family business. Then Trump saw terrible pictures on teevee and ordered an air strike. This is no way to run national security policy. They’ve gone from acquiescence to advocating regime change in a mere 48 hours. Repeat after me: this is no way to run national security policy.
We already knew the Insult Comedian was in over his head. Tonight proved it. I’ve seen lots of speculation as to whether this is a wag the dog scenario to divert attention from administration* scandals. It would almost be better if that were the case. It’s the fatal lack of impulse control that we were all worried about. It’s not calculation, it’s lashing out. It’s a toddler tantrum by tomahawk missile. Repeat after me: this is no way to run national security policy.