“Trump’s personal turmoil taints U.S. military options and national security”
Following President Trump’s announcement that the United States, the United Kingdom, and France had launched a joint missile strike in Syria, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow told her audience that the strikes might be motivated as a means of distracting from domestic problems Trump is facing. Apparently, she is concerned that even this impression will “taint” military operations.
In her best “no, you are not dreaming Trump really won” voice, Maddow announced that the timing of the strikes and her sense that it seems to be a diversion weakens our military’s “impact and effectiveness.” National security, she intones, is at risk.
Maddow: Trump's personal turmoil taints U.S. military options and national security pic.twitter.com/1t0OSlAMt5
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 14, 2018
On Friday, Rachel Maddow said President Trump’s decision to strike Syria will make people think he wanted to “distract” from a “catastrophic domestic scandal” blowing up at home. Maddow, using a form of the phrase ‘wag the dog,’ implied the bombing of Damascus was a diversion from such crises.
“It will affect those other countries’ view of this strike. It will affect their reaction to it,” she said.
“It will therefore affect the utility of this military strike if the president of the United States is believed to have issued the order to launch this strike tonight, even in part because people think he wanted to distract from a catastrophic domestic scandal that is blowing up at home at the same time,” the MSNBC host declared.
“The perception that the president may have ordered these strikes in part because of scandal will affect the impact and the effectiveness of these military strikes. Unavoidably. Even if the tail is not wagging the dog,” Maddow added.
Given that the segment begins with Trump’s announcement of the joint air strikes by the U. S., UK, and France, does she imagine that British Prime Minister Teresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron are colluding with Trump to distract from media-driven scandals in America? Are their military forces and national security threatened by this “wag the dog” taint?
As you can imagine, this bizarre statement has created some buzz on Twitter, starting with a New York Times reporter confused by the leap Maddow makes.
If you’re going to speculate about the domestic political impact, fine, but what reason is there to believe that scandal speculation will change their military effectiveness? https://t.co/Rlm2ITcUDF
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 14, 2018
Maddow’s response is clear as mud:
Because it will inflect what other actors and other countries perceive to be the resolve and intention behind the strikes. https://t.co/mK4WUzomgV
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 14, 2018
Everyone seems confused . . . and / or amused by Maddow’s latest bit of bad theater.
This is pathetic.
In order to believe this you would have to accept that Trump somehow convinced France, the UK and Israel to ally with the US in order to divert attention from ‘scandal’.
People watch this crap? https://t.co/dk8PzFEIS3
— The?FOO (@PolitiBunny) April 14, 2018
Far-left conspiracy theorist Rachel Maddow suggests President Donald Trump launched the strike against Syria to divert attention away from a "catastrophic domestic scandal."pic.twitter.com/sr81UnpryL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 14, 2018
. @maddow does Prime minister May authorizing strikes as well as Macron both h the intention 2 distract USA ?? from @POTUS @realDonaldTrump turmoil mainly created by YOU & rest of bitter #MSM? Or can U admit they are real leaders who care for saving lives of innocent people ? pic.twitter.com/DUBUrDSat9
— Dr.Estella Sneider Bessudo (@DrEstella) April 14, 2018
Apparently they are unwittingly being duped by the clever and brilliant ( oh wait, the idiot) Trump.
— Grover Lewis (@LewisGrover) April 14, 2018
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