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Trump Says 'Nice and New and "Smart!"' U.S. Missiles Headed For Syria

The president just threatened a confrontation with a nuclear power. Via tweet.

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President Donald Trump promised a military strike against Syria this morning, and in the process explicitly threated a confrontation with Russia.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!'" tweeted Trump this morning. The tweet references Russia's support for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, who stands accused of using chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma.

Trump has been hinting at a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons since Sunday, promising that he would respond "forcefully" and saying Monday morning that a "major decision" on Syria would be coming within 48 hours.

The president has also been trying to work out a coordinated response to the chemical weapons attack with French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May. Both Britain and France have expressed an openness to use military force.

Hawks in Congress have also urged action, with Sen. Lindsay Graham saying Monday the U.S. should "destroy" the Syrian air force. On the other side of the issue, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has protested that the president lacks the legal authority to attack Syria without congressional authorization.

As the president's tweet acknowledges, any U.S. military action against the Syrian government risks escalation with Russia. According to a Reuters report this morning, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon has promised to shoot down any missiles fired by the U.S. at Syria.

Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria last April, also in response to a chemical attack. His promise to strike Syria again stands in contrast to his expressed desire to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, as well as his campaign-trail pledges not to announce military action publicly.

Needless to say, threatening escalation with a nuclear power via intemperate tweets is a sloppy and dangerous way of conducting foreign policy, particularly when the U.S. has so little to gain from any increased involvement in the now seven-year-old Syrian civil war.

The U.S. currently has about 2,000 troops in Syria, where they are engaged in anti-ISIS operations.

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59 responses to “Trump Says 'Nice and New and "Smart!"' U.S. Missiles Headed For Syria

  1. Man, he’s going to look so effing presidential after this. UNLESS HE’S TEASING NOTHING AGAIN.

    1. I see a 2020 campaign slogan:

      Presidential AF

    2. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!'”

      Also, in keeping with the Dr. Strangelove them from earlier:

      ” I admit the human element seems to have failed us here.”

      1. +1 mineshaft gap

      2. +100 trouble with Coca-Cola Company

    3. “look so effing presidential”

      Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, both shot in the hair.

  2. Even though I may have been tricked into voting for him by Russian propaganda on Facebook, I honestly can’t say as I regret it.

  3. If the people in the so-called Resistance want to do something useful for a change, now is their chance.

    1. #Resist always meant #War

  4. It’s exactly the same game plan as Khan Shekhoun a year ago:

    – Trump says we’re leaving Syria
    – Interpreted by Assad as a green light to use chem weapons
    – Assad gasses the rebels
    – Trump bloviates about ‘beautiful babies’ and ‘Assad is a monster’
    – Assad hides his military assets
    – US heavily bombs an unused airbase a few days later
    – Israel comes in a few weeks later and bombs a strategic asset
    – Repeat as desired

    1. Quite bluntly, we should wash our hands of Syria.

      Assad is overthrown…and ISIS is in control. Is that better?

      Seems like an identically terrible situation.

      …but the press cannot handle the idea of making Russia handle the problem instead of us.

      Does it suck that he is gassing people? Yup. Would the people he’s fighting do the same? Yup. At least if we let Russia deal with it, it wouldn’t be “As usual, the USA puts dictators in power and doesn’t care what happens afterwards”

      1. “Assad is overthrown…and ISIS is in control. Is that better?”

        Are you Israeli or Saudi? Then no question, ISIS is much more preferable to a secular strong man like Assad.

        He’s gassing people? Who says?

        1. I see zero evidence that ISIS is a better option. Their atrocities are hardly unknown.

          Both sides suck. There is no benefit to us either way. We should wash our hands of it.

          But it is nice to see you championing us spending money and troops to depose one totalitarian to help put into power a different totalitarian.

          1. “I see zero evidence that ISIS is a better option.”

            You can’t be serious. Assad is a secular dictator allied with Hezbollah, the Russians, the Iranians and a whole mess of less significant regional actors like Christians and Communists. ISIS is the hand-picked proxy of our most treasured partners, KSA and Israel.

            That would be contrary to the wishes of our Saudi and Israeli partners.

            1. You havent really expressed how ISIS is less than an abysmal group that we should not be assisting. And Russia liking Assad is a wash. He is a terrible person also.

              Again, I am advocating helping NOBODY and walking away. Both sides are the shits. Why do we even NEED a dog in the fight?

              1. Who is more foolish: the troll or the person that argues with it?

                -Benjamin Kenobi, probably

              2. “You havent really expressed how ISIS is less than an abysmal group that we should not be assisting.”

                I’d say ISIS is more abysmal than the alternative, but that’s just me. Their abysmality is irrelevant, however. Key here is that ISIS hates Russians, Shia, Christians, Communists and pretty much everyone else we hate. They deserve our support.

            2. “You can’t be serious.”

              No, you can’t be serious. If we’re gonna play the silly game of, my genocidal maniac is worse than your genocidal maniac, then ask yourself what happens when ISIS, after having won Syria, gets hold of those lovely chemical weapons. It lobs them straight over the border into Israel. Do you have any reason to believe it wouldn’t? Do you have any reason to believe ISIS would care about the response?

              Assad ain’t that irrational. Still a genocidal maniac. But with 50% more rationality. Buy some today.

      2. (1) Like all our other wars right now, Syria is an ILLEGAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL War…..Syria has never attacked us & we had no business going in there at any point in time!

        (2) The USA has removed Saddam, Mubarak, Qaddafi & is trying to remove Assad….While these guys are no angels, they are all secular leaders who hate Radical Muslims & are a protection against them & a protection for Christians….So, it begs the question why would the USA do this if it wants to end Radical Islam?….Because the USA does not want these wars to end, but go on & on to give the FED BEAST pols more power & control over us & to fill the coffers of the Military-Industrial Complex with their BS nation-building!

    2. Obummy & HildaBeast went into Syria to remove Assad because he is an ally of Russia & Iran & we have to start cultivating some new war fronts, mainly Iran soon & continually upset Putin for a US-Russia war at some distant point in the future…So, as Seymour Hersch wrote, Obummy & HildaBeast ILLEGALLY ran arms from Libya thru Turkey into the hands of the supposed Syrian moderates, some of which turned out to be ISIS…It made Iran-Contra look like kid’s play…There is credible evidence (again Seymour Hersh) that Assad never used the gas last time in FEB. 2017 & now that ISIS is almost defeated & Trump was saying the US was going to exit Syria it makes absolutely no sense at all that Assad would use the gas at this point & upset the US!!!….Anyone who believes this is mentally retarded!

  5. Trump has gone for far beyond n’TH dimentsional chess that I think he’s playing backgammon with 12 sided dice. Warning Russia up front is such a Boss move.

  6. Why do we keep broadcasting when we are going to attack Syria. Why can’t we just be quiet and, if we attack at all, catch them by surprise?

    1. C’mon, even Arabs aren’t that dumb. Assad knew that using gas exposes him to Israeli and US attacks.

    2. I’m sorry that our broadcast of the attack won’t kill enough Arabs and Russians to satisfy your blood lust.

      1. Haha that was direct Trump quote criticizing Obama. Look what you did.

    3. Why not not attack, leave, and let Russia deal with it?

      Both sides are equally terrible. Both sides would happily slaughter innocents to keep power. If nobody is better…why involve ourselves?

      1. Why not just leave, don’t attack, and let Russia deal with it? That seems a better answer to me.

        Even better: Tell our allies (ie France, Turkey, and Israel) that it’s time to quit off, and that they will be backing out of this war immediately.

        1. quit should have been “call this”. Don’t know what I was thinking.

  7. “Wait’ll you see the new BGM-109 Trumpahawk cruise missile, Assad! It’s fully gold plated with high-end appointments and Swiss instruments, just first class all the way. You’ll die classy!”

    1. They are just the regular tomahawks with smiley faces and MAGA painted on them.

  8. No, dopey, I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools.

    8:09 AM – Aug 29, 2013 ? Manhattan, NY

    Who is the bigger idiot? 2013 Trump or 2018 Trump?

  9. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has protested that the president lacks the legal authority to attack Syria without congressional authorization.

    LOL at expecting Congress to do its f*cking job.

  10. Am I the only one that doesn’t have a problem with him tweeting this announcement instead of a more traditional message. I’m not talking about what he’s doing, but just the tweeting. The notion that it is somehow scarier because he is tweeting this is absolute garbage. It actually lets us know sooner and more easily than we normally would.

    1. Am I the only one that doesn’t have a problem with him tweeting this announcement instead of a more traditional message?

      I don’t have a problem with it.

      I’d like to see Trump climb down a couple hundred feet from the summit of Mt. Washington with a pair of stone tablets in his hands and ask if that’s old school enough for all the haters.

    2. It’s the equivalent of people during the FDR administration bitching that the President talking on the radio was ‘unpresidential’ then wondering why the fuck he was the only three term President.

    3. I haven’t been able to really figure out why so many people freak out about his tweeting in general. I can understand being upset / concerned / fearful about specific tweets, but the general hatred for it is just mind-boggling to me.

  11. Good job, media. Make sure Trump has no options but to basically want to start wars with Russia due to your inane and false claims of “collusion” for a year.

    1. It is still astonishing that the main jist of the collusion story relies on information provided by a non-US citizen who was given this dirt on Trump from Russian sources, funded by Trump’s enemies, mainly Hillary.

      Is this not collusion because it’s true? Does that mean if Trump was given dirt on Clinton and it was true he would have been fine?

      The inanity of it all is absurd.

      1. I have a feeling it went more like this:

        Trump enemy: Yo, Steele, my man, we’d like you to write up a gnarly salacious spy report about Trump that you can then deliver to us, like, by surprise.

        Steele: What gnarly salacious stuff do you want it to say?

        Trump enemy: Have you got a pen?

        Steele: Dictating as you speak.

      2. You’d have soiled yourself with glee if Obama was taken down by a crime 1/100th as serious and 1/100th as proven.

        1. “…soiled yourself with glee”

          I don’t think that is a thing. Is that a thing?

          1. Wait till your old enough to have a significantly weakened sphincter…

        2. You believe that Trump the incompetent moron has been completely and undeniably proven to have committed serious crimes and yet still retains his office.

          Tell me again why you believe government is the answer to some or most of the problems you think need solving?

        3. You’d have soiled yourself with glee if Obama was taken down by a crime 1/100th as serious and 1/100th as proven.

          Obama had full knowledge of Hillary’s email operation, even emailing her on it under a pseudonym, and did nothing.

          He forced gun owners to sell guns to people they knew they shouldn’t be doing so in order to have them get to Mexican drug cartels. So he could justify restricting American rights.

          He did EVERYTHING Putin demanded. Reduce fracking (hey, who paid for all of that anti-fracking propaganda? We know Matt Damon’s money was heavily funded by Russia) to improve the value of their oil. Remove missile defense from E Europe. Leave allies in the lurch as Russia invaded them.

          He took in, minimum, 2.5M in campaign contributions from people of unknown origins after his campaign shut off the by-default-on verification of zip code to make donations.

          He had his admin meet with Trump “to advise on the dossier” solely to make the dossier “news-worthy”.

        4. Yes. Yes I would have.

          And I’ll soil myself with glee if Trump gets taken down. He won’t and it won’t be because of ‘the wingnuts’. It will be because of the system *you have supported for your whole life* makes high level office holders untouchable. Clinton is not in jail for the exact same reasons Trump won’t be impeached.

          Your problem, Tony, is that you don’t seem to understand that people can hate both teams. That saying one dumpster fire smells better than another one is not the same as saying that it smells good.

          Trump is a shitshow. 100%. Hillary would have been worse. Obama *was* worse. Bush was worse. Trump’s only saving grace is that since everyone hates him he’s not in a position to do much to make things worse for us – unlike, oh, the last 5 Presidents were and your preferred candidate would have been.


          1. Trump is a shitshow. 100%. Hillary would have been worse. Obama *was* worse. Bush was worse. Trump’s only saving grace is that since everyone hates him he’s not in a position to do much to make things worse for us – unlike, oh, the last 5 Presidents were and your preferred candidate would have been.

            I think that’s pretty much it.

        5. Riddle me this: What statute did Trump supposedly break?

          Oh, wait, are you one of those people that think Obama should have been thrown in jail for selling his book oversea’s while President?

          1. Oh, wait, are you one of those people that think Obama should have been thrown in jail for selling his book oversea’s while President?

            People actually think that?

  12. Of course they’re new.

    Missiles are ‘one use’ – you don’t fire used ones.


  13. The tweet references Russia’s support for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, who stands accused of using chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma.

    I’ll just come out and say it. If NATO doesn’t do anything about this type of thing that it should just disband. Actually, yes, just disband NATO.

    Kick Syria out of the League of Nati…I mean the United Nations…and be done with it.

  14. The tweet references Russia’s support for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, who stands accused of using chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma.

    Yeah… like the last chemical weapons attack Assad was accused of, which Mattis came out a year later publicly admitting we have no evidence Assad did it?

    The rebels have been found launching over 50 similar attacks in Syria since the outbreak of the conflict.

    1. Speaking of the last attack, Sargon of Akkad did an analysis of the evidence and the narratives surrounding that event.

      Part 1
      Part 2

      It’s a little over two hours of video, but it’s a good watch. Bascially, he concludes that it’s difficult to believe that Assad has done the things he is accused of, and there are people who seem to be manufacturing stories of atrocities to incite military responses from the west.

      1. It’s good stuff. I like Sargon.

  15. Well, hell, is anyone asking the question: why did Assad use chemical weapons when he knows exactly what the response will be, and can reasonably assume it’ll be worse than the response of a year ago?

  16. Good! Every now and then, you have to call the bluffs of other players.

  17. Well, John and Ken and the other Trumpsuckers around here told me that if I voted for Gary Johnson instead of Trump we’d get a dangerous warmongering lunatic in the White House who’d needlessly provoke a military confrontation with Russia over Syria. Looks like they were right!

  18. Anda tidak boleh serius. Assad adalah seorang diktator sekuler yang bersekutu dengan Hizbullah, Rusia, Iran dan seluruh kekacauan aktor regional yang kurang signifikan seperti Kristen dan Komunis. ISIS adalah wakil yang dipilih langsung dari mitra kami yang paling berharga, KSA dan Israel.

  19. Meskipun saya mungkin telah ditipu untuk memilih dia melalui propaganda Rusia di Facebook, saya benar-benar tidak bisa mengatakannya ketika saya menyesalinya.

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