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Saturday News: No, Trump Isn’t “Serious” Now; “Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America”; Gillespie the Climate Science Denier


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, April 8.

  • Dan Rather:

    The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief. It is an awesome responsibility. Committing the use of force and American men and women in uniform is about as serious as it gets. But the truly great presidents understand that knowing when NOT to act is as important as knowing when to act.

    It is a whole lot easier starting wars than finishing them. And there are many historical examples of where a promise of limited engagement quickly metastasized into something much bigger.

    There is a tendency to rally around the flag, and a President who takes on a war footing can see a boost of support. It is often transitory. There are arguments to be made that President Assad in Syria has crossed a line that demands U.S. military interference. Whether this should have been a unilateral action is something we all must consider. Whether President Trump has a plan for what comes next must be debated. Whether there is a coherence to this missile strike fitting into a larger foreign policy strategy is a question that should give us all pause.

    The role of the press is to ask hard questions. There is ample evidence that this Administration needs to face deep scrutiny. The lies we have heard, the chaos in governance, and the looming questions about ties with Russia – itself a major player in Syria – demand that the press treat this latest action with healthy skepticism. Perhaps it was the right thing to do. Perhaps a strong and wise policy will emerge. But that judgement is still definitely hanging in the balance.

    The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as “presidential” is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.

  • Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. candidate endorsed by one of the most godawful members of Congress


  • Oh, and GOP LG candidate Bryce Reeves endorsed by this godawful member of Congress


  • Much of Rep. Scott Taylor’s statement on the Syria strikes is wrong, distorted or clueless. See my comments in BOLD in the body of the statement.

    President Trump has taken decisive action THIS ACTION IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT DECISIVE against the use of chemical weapons and human rights atrocities NOPE, NOT TRUE – IN FACT, HUMAN RIGHTS ATROCITIES HAVE BEEN GOING ON SINCE TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AND HE HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTING committed in Syria. The element of surprise is a powerful tool SURE, BUT REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE SYRIANS QUITE POSSIBLY WERE NOT SURPRISED. Despite the predictable short term LEFT OUT A HYPHEN IN “SHORT-TERM” Russian reaction of strikes on their client-state NO NEED FOR A HYPHEN HERE, which arguably is not a nation state, the message could not be delivered more clearly ACTUALLY IT COULD HAVE BEEN DELIVERED A LOT MORE CLEARLY THAN THIS SLAP ON THE WRIST that this barbarous behavior will not be tolerated by the world BUT LOTS MORE BARBAROUS BEHAVIOR WILL BE TOLERATED, APPARENTLY. The world, as signed by the vast majority of nation states in the chemical weapons convention, will not stand by idly and watch innocent children and civilians WHO TRUMP WON’T LET IN OUR COUNTRY AS REFUGEE BECAUSE HE’S AN ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOT! be subjected to the use of deadly chemical weapons.

    That being stated, this is the second administration operating off a third administration’s 16-year-old use of military force authorization. This is unacceptable. Congress must act, and we must debate this as soon as possible, with information, intelligence, goals, and vision from the executive branch. We must stand against this kind of injustice and lead the world to do the same.

  • Robert Reich:

    Just as they did with Trump’s non-shouting address to Congress a few weeks ago, pundits are describing Trump’s decision to bomb Syria as the first time he’s acted “presidential” and lived up to the expectations of the office.


    Reversing existing policy to impulsively bomb another country after seeing footage of dead Syrian children on Fox News is not acting presidential.

    If the sight of the dead children really did affect Trump, he would have paired his bombing with an announcement about admitting refugees so they won’t be subjected to further threats from the Assad regime.

    And he would have responded to the pleas of the Newtown, Connecticut School Board to acknowledge that 20 children and six adults were murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and denounce his supporter, Alex Jones, who continues to claim the tragedy was a hoax.

    Trump isn’t acting presidential. He’s still acting like Trump – impulsive, vindictive, superficial, inconsistent, and hypocritical.

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