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comment by kleinbl00

mk  ·  440 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hm. So did the Russians give the Syrians the heads up, and if so is Trump ok with that?

b_b  ·  439 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have a very shiny tinfoil hat to don here. Part of me thinks this is Trump giving Putin what he expressly wants.

By all accounts, Putin is striving for a return to the Old World Order, in which Great Powers wielded influence and cut deals to divvy up the world. What better way to start down that path then by feigning a proxy war with the US? Far from being the beginning of a falling out with Russia, I think this shows a level of coordination that we've not yet encountered.

My aversion to conspiracy theories makes me hate myself for even saying this, but my track record of being incorrect on all things Trump gives me some comfort.

kleinbl00  ·  439 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ditch the shinycap - the only modification necessary to your thesis is eliminating the requirement that Trump be aware. I would argue that it would be simplicity itself for the Russians to manipulate Trump into a ground war in Syria, and that their interests are far better served by allowing Trump to believe he's acting independently.

kleinbl00  ·  440 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The only opinion or conjecture I feel comfortable stating, considering I predicted Trump wouldn't be this dumb less than two hours before he pulled the trigger, is that I'm not very good at predictions when it comes to Trump.

The flip side of "informed the Russians but didn't inform Congress" is "asked Putin for permission and then acted before anybody could catch on."

It appears to me, from this little corner of darkness, that if you wanted to look tough without actually accomplishing anything this would be the way to do it. I mean, you take out a runway and it's out for... how long? Until you can get a cement mixer out.