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.

Real Clear Politics reports:

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.

Maddow’s response is clear as mud:

Everyone seems confused . . . and / or amused by Maddow’s latest bit of bad theater.

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