Other than this being round 13,488 of Twitter’s Blue-Checkmarked Mafia’s reactionary (and made) outrage versus President Trump, another reason the establishment media have actually lost reliability with the public is best explained by theNew York City Times’epic flip-flop when it pertains to American troops in Syria.
This is not a gotcha. This is not 2 different columnists. Both of these excerpts, released this year, come from the oh-so distinguishedNew york city Timeseditorial board.
New York City Times, Dec. 20, 2018 vs. New York City Times, Jan. 19, 2018 pic.twitter.com/uVOjMA60AD
— Joe Gabriel Simonson ☃ (@SaysSimonson) December 21, 2018
January 19, 2018:
As a candidate, Donald Trump cautioned against foreign wars, not least in Syria. A year into his presidency, he is adding Syria to a list of open-ended conflicts that already includes Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since last month, there were about 2,000 American troops in Syria– up from 500 a year earlier– a mix of engineering systems and Unique Operations units that battle and train with local militias in the fight versus the Islamic State. Now that we know they will be there indefinitely, who can state the number will not go higher and the objective won’t creep more?
Syria is a complex problem. However this plan seems badly developed, too based on military action and fueled by wishful thinking.
But the objectives in Syria are so sweeping they may be unattainable, therefore leaving American troops there in perpetuity.
December 19, 2018:
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump summarily overthrew Mr. Bolton and the rest of his nationwide security group. He ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 American ground soldiers from Syria within 1 month.
That abrupt and harmful decision, separated from any wider tactical context or any public reasoning, sowed brand-new uncertainty about America’s dedication to the Middle East, its willingness to be a global leader and Mr. Trump’s role as leader in chief.
An American withdrawal would also be a present to Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, who has been striving to supplant American influence in the area and who, on Thursday, enthusiastically welcomed the decision, saying, ” Donald’s right.” Another recipient is Iran, which has also broadened its regional footprint. It would certainly make it harder for the Trump administration to implement its policy of ratcheting up what it calls ” optimal pressure” on Iran.
Despite your position on President Trump’s decision today to meet his oft-stated campaign promise to get our troops out of Syria, take a look at our media right now, but most especially the unprincipledTimes.
Less than a year earlier, theTimeseditorial board condemned Trump for breaking his campaign promise, for throwing 2,000 Americans into an “open-ended conflict” that has no genuine opportunity of success, which suggested another war of “perpetuity.”
And now that Trump appears to concur with that evaluation, this extremely exact same editorial board is siding with John Bolton(!!!) and implicating Trump of being a Russian stooge.
There is no principle here. No consistency. It is Orwell’s1984, where one day, we are at war with Eurasia and the next with Eastasia, and which one does not matter because it is not about anything besides extreme partisans driven by a demonic requirement to destroy a man, even if that suggests doing a total 180 on a problem as crucial as releasing American lives.
Luckily, individuals see this, which is why the media are a nationwide laughingstock.
We likewise see the chilling spectacle of the establishment media when again aligning with the neocons, and doing so based just on a shared hatred for Trump. Besides the truth that this unholy union formerly resulted in America’s 2 biggest diplomacy blunders (Iraq and Libya), how ‘d that exercise?
I don’t understand about you, however I seem like France viewing Germany reunify.
And, naturally, this unholy union is an enormous flip-flop on the part of the whole media, not simply theTimes.
Consider this: the very same media that have demanded a Middle East withdrawal considering that 2004, that cheered Obama’s disastrous decision to leave Iraq, that turned the word “neocon” into a pejorative, is now spooning with Costs Kristol and munching his earlobe.
So welcome to another round of panic and “wheels are coming off the White Home” hot takes and outrage and screeching declarations and anything but a time out to breathe, a moment of reflection, an effort at sobriety.
I do not understand adequate about Syria to hold a viewpoint about it. However here is what I do understand …
Trump is keeping a campaign promise to pull out of Syria. Jim Mattis did not receive a single vote from We the People in assistance of his diplomacy vision. And the very same media and neocon “specialists” who messed up Iraq and Libya depend on their old tricks– apocalyptic visions of ISIS Red Dawning into Montana if we don’t listen to their “proficiency.”
Trump might be wrong about Syria, but you will have to excuse me for not taking these people seriously:
The most strange aspect of Rachel @Maddow’s deep anger over troop withdrawal from Syria is that she composed a whole book in 2012 knocking prohibited US Unlimited War without congressional approval– exactly what Syria is. I interviewed her about it here: https://t.co/Zg7K1a3bUy https://t.co/js74z4iGUN
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 21, 2018
Never been more alarmed for the nation given that concerning D.C. over 3 years earlier. https://t.co/gmzADF5z9r
— Costs Kristol (@BillKristol) December 20, 2018
Trump’s choice to withdraw from Syria marks a win for Putin https://t.co/Ia574QaL2M
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 21, 2018
Fox News’ Brian @Kilmeade simply stated Trump’re- established ISIS’ by withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) December 21, 2018
The government of the United States is now in practically overall totally free fall.
The scenario in 1974 was organized and expert compared to this complete circus.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 20, 2018
I do not believe in coincidences. As Mueller’s probe tightens, Putin’s take advantage of on Trump heightens. Hard to read the Deripaska sanctions move & pulling out of Syria as anything aside from Trump’s Christmas presents to his handler.
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) December 20, 2018
” The President’s generals have no idea where this weak choice came from: They think the high-fiving winners today are Iran, ISIS, and Hezbollah. The losers are Israel, humanitarian victims, and U.S. intelligence event.” https://t.co/0kaMFxasqg
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) December 19, 2018
Trump provided Putin a huge Christmas present this year: Syria.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 19, 2018
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