Trump’s Presidency has been hitting the skids with rock bottom approval & on delivering performance, Trump has mostly failed. But Trump is a master of “Re-Direction” of people’s interest, and the critical deciding factor is that Trump and his close ally are under intense, multiple investigations, for the so called Russia Gate, which is a multiple charges on Trump’s relation to Putin’s Russia. Trump’s solution? “Wagging the Dog’s Tail” is defined as a minor or secondary part of something controlling or dominating the whole or the main part. This is nothing new to Trump, he has a massive history of Re-Directing people’s interest.
Conveniently to “Wagging the Dog’s Tail” Trump is long known, by many, as a confidenceman, meaning grifter. A grifter is someone who swindles you through deception or fraud. But there is also a very old saying about Trump, going back years, that Trump is a showman. A showman is basically and actor playing a role, without much real substance, where the only thing real about Trump are some fundamentals that he has as identified in another page at this blog (see here), underlying the role he is playing. Personally, Trump is about building his wealth, being popular & winning.
Trump has now use military force to attack the Assad’s Syrian regime, back by Putin. There is much speculation about the Putin and Trump relationship, after this use of military force. However, from attacking Syria, for what news say is because Trump felt sorry for gas children of Syria, Trump is involved in two other conflicts, one right after another. Clearly, these activities, show a sudden militarization & warmongering by Trump, which clearly offering proof of “Wagging the Dog’s Tail.” However, much of America, is taking these wagging the dog’s tail as usual – meaning who cares if it is Wagging the Dog’s Tail – as America’s nationalism & imperialism, coupled with the love to play global police, takes over. These American traits can be seen mostly in America’s media coverage of the various Trump initiated aggression & wars.
Note: Please note that Syria is the first major use of military power by Trump & news of this continues to emerge, & likely, overall military actions on other will follow. Therefore, this report will be updated at times.
Trump Attack Assad Regime Analysis
April 8, 2017
I hit Google search, with several category of headlines, to get a general & universal narrative of what the American & global media are saying, since media are the main opinion makers & I choose to start my analysis based on this
The general & universal consensus of American media’s narrative is:
“Trump seeing pictures of children victim of Assad gas attack, felt real & genuine “Humanitarian” feelings & so surprise reverse his typical “Little Empathy” to suffering of other humans & attack on Assad at where Assad launch his gas attack & the operation was successful, with a short notice to Assad backer, Putin, according to non-escalation agreement with Putin & also signal to planet, particularly North Korea that when Trump gives warning, he means it, all that as America’s Secretary of State, said lots, mainly means this one-time event, proportionate response to Assad gas attack & not escalate where American media such as CNN, NYT & WaPo in their reports on this event, attacked & insulted Obama & other Hillary and lastly, the Putin Trump bromance is over.”
What I have summarized for u, is the general & universal narrative, floating in the human consciousness, in America which is very “Pro-Trump” & so meaning, Trump’s re-direction with wagging the dog’s tail by hitting Syria is a success. For Globally, there are many narratives & please see UK’s Reuters, Guardian & Independent to get a sense of consensus, & forget Financial Times, because they are saying this a warning to North Korea also, but since N. Korea has nuclear weapons & one of largest military institution globally, obviously FT journalists are idiotic morons.
Of course, Trump been in this type of situation, meaning big issues full of significance, many times before & American & global media have come to take Trump with grains of salt, knowing he lies massively & much a confidence man full of tricks & so in sum lots of caution because media has learned when reporting on Trump, need lots facts check, critical thinking & smart analysis so not to become Trump tool.
However, that is with most issues, but when it comes to National Security, there is much “Rallying Around the Flag” & also traits of sticking to America’s history as the global police philosophy with tints of Imperialism & also for corporate news, there is the profit motive & so Trump’s controversies sells, so for American media, from CNN to WaPo to NYT, all the lessons they learned, made them not a puppet & used by Trump, out the door.
So with American media presenting mostly “Fake Narratives” I start this analysis in earnest by stating some facts, truth & reality:
Fact: Trump changed his Middle East & greater position many times in past, always for politics, from saying: “I will bomb the shit out of them” to massively criticizing Obama & Hillary on foreign interventions & wars and so question is, since these positions massively “Diverge” so is Trump just: Mentally bi-polar being intervention & war vs peace & isolation? No clue? Wagging the dog’s tail for political gain?
Fact: Just a note to the many American media, currently rallying around the flag & spitting off facts, actually lots of facts they spitting off are in fact, “Not Factual” & I believe in freedom of the press, so to American media, go ahead, say anything. However, not being factual to help Trump not something I support, so please get facts straight, i.e. when did Russia & Syria left airfield.
Fact: While American media, such as CNN says this is a new re-set for Trump & Trump a President now, is it not wise to wait a bit & see, i.e. “Trump Feel for Humanity so Syria Attack” is actually real, fake or what, with more supportive evidence, i.e. what about Trump’s immigration policy to Syrian escaping wars? His plan cutting health insurance to 10s of 1,000 of Americans? Meals on wheels? & other?
Fact: Trump’s hitting Assad, made little dent to anything “Real” like Putin’s support for Assad, Assad’s military power, Assad’s military capability, UNSC failed structure & other and only thing accomplish was put a cost (& here, factually what is real cost) to Assad hitting Syrians population with gas.
Fact: I have blog asking the American media before, what is it with their forever ready & open to Trump to “Re-Set” for a “New Start?” Yes, I am Christian Liberal & so OK with forgiving & re-start, but Trump has a massive & long record of “Re-Directing” people’s interest to “New Issues” & he is OK with these new issues being anything, no matter how big & significant, i.e. looks at Obama wire-tap & i.e. Trump even said following: “Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He desperate.” With those words, it means Trump is capable on imagining someone doing something like that. Is that someone, in fact, Trump himself?
Fact: I just want to cautious, those American media, i.e. WaPo, NYT & CNN saying Trump was acting with heart, to remember back what Trump said about Syria refugees, including children & also cautious the American media on criticizing Obama and Hillary on the Syria situation, in their praising of Trump’s latest action. The fact is, Obama wanted to take action, same as Trump just did, but to American media should go back and check their reports because, the American media were mostly against Obama and second, Congress was against Obama. On Hillary, she has the same intentions as Obama, who again wanted a military strike, but was greatly criticized by the Congress, that now approves of strike, with some, calling for Congress approval.
Fact: On the facts about this military operation: About 50 Tomahawk cruse missiles were used, fired from ship and “The Russians warned, Syrians tipped, State Dept not notified, Congress not consulted & the Base Trump struck is operational again.” Reports say Putin is now helping Assad build up better air defense, Russian military ships heading to the area & Putin, which could have intercepted the Tomahawk with anti-missiles weapons, did not used them. Some reports say Trump have investments in the company that makes the Tomahawks. The Syrian opposition to Assad is split on this Trump action. Much of America’s Western friends supports Trump’s action. Many at the American Congress demands Trump consult them, but GOP, who oppose Obama doing same earlier, approve Trump’s action. The American Defense Department is looking into if Putin involved with the issue of using of gas and mass killing in Syria.
Fact: The Putin and Trump bromance, which many American media are speculating is over, because of this Trump Syria military action. Whatever the relationship now, the fact is, there are many other issues in the Putin and Trump context, such as the promoting of the break-up of EU and against NATO, and then other also such as Ukraine & lifting of sanctions on Russia. Then There is the Russian Gate, such as Putin helping Trump into the White House & so related, such as possessions & knowledge of information.
In sum, what I presented are some of the facts & there are other facts, like talk of removing Assad, but I end here & think I have given enough facts, truth & reality, anyone can use as building blocks, to offer “Other Narrative” in place of American media’s rallying around the flag & now puppet & tool to propagate Trump’s narratives.
As for me I know what the “Real Narrative” is but please excuse me, “Real Narrative” is linked to “Real Solutions” to which I was asked to classify, because an intelligence unit, told me Trump does not mean well & much of the time use info he sees in his confidence for political gains games & so my analysis, ends here.
I just want to say, I so saddened to what been occurring to the Syrian people, but I have been saddened about the situation, years now& as UN & Oxfarm said in 2015, the suffering globally is at record levels & u look at Trump, he cutting UN & foreign aid funds. Lastly, think about Trump & GOP agenda & look at how much harm & suffering they doing already to many critical issues globally.
Update 1 (April 10, 2017)
Military usage of the Syrian target Trump attack, became functional a day after the attack, indicating the operation, from military perspective, failed. Trump, perhaps sensing the pro-Trump American media coverage & thus a reverse of fortune in the polls numbers with Americans, doubled down and sent a naval strike group, towards the Korean Peninsular, raising the specter of nuclear war & a massive conventional war. Also there is some talk now of sending 100,000s of soldiers to Syria. Congress, with GOP giving Trump a free hand, as a whole, mostly with Dems, more concern now and wants Trump to consult Congress before military action, bring-up legal requirement to do so. Lots of words coming from Trump’s people, such as at UN and State Department & other, but these are mostly just words, from Trump’s people with little power, mostly, just for public relations purposes. As for traditional global enemies of America, there is consolidation, with North Korea saying Trump vindicated North Korea’s militarization. China saying Trump’s action is of a weaken politician that needs to flex muscle. Putin and his allies tighten their military alliance in Syria. North Korea & Syria up contact. On the surface, a great deal of Russian state press attacking Trump’s Syrian move, and in America, there is some anger at trump from the far right, alt-Right, meaning Nazi, Fascist & KKK people.
Update 2 (April 13, 2017)
1/ Russian naval vessels headed to the Middle East & America’s aircraft carrier strike group headed to Korean peninsular.
2/ Trump said he hit Syria, because he felt for the children of Syria. However, Trump is also flexing America’s against North Korea and Afghanistan. Clearly, while there may be doubt about if Trump is Wagging the Dog’s Tail, when he hit Syria, with these new hits, clearly, these new activities, proves he is Wagging the Dog’s Tail.
Reuters report North Korea has warned Trump that it will use nuclear weapons if provoked and other reports say North Korea ready to text another nuclear bomb. Trump has also used a bomb, said biggest, only smaller than nuclear, in Afghanistan.
3/ I sent the following letter to the Washington Post: I used follow WaPo opinion & columnist closely, but lost interest. However, I recently saw your opinion on a conspiracy theory of the Syrian situation, and want to give WaPo a lesson on conspiracy theory.
The problem with Conspiracy Theory is most of them fake, but few real, & with people having preferences & this brings cognitive dissonance. This cognitive dissonance is very tricky, it can hit either side of a conspiracy theory & so u got to know what u are doing.
On Syria, there are many conspiracy theory, and the one u talking about, is collusion between Putin & Trump on Syria & let me say, that I do not know if it fake or real, sounds far fetch.
But I do know, I need to stick with what I know, because again, cognitive dissonance hits all side so lets stick with what we know as facts, truth & reality.
We do know 10s of Putin & Trump people long been in continue contact; we do know, lots of real co-ordination, many spill into most likely collusion between many of Putin & Trump people for long time; we do know Putin & Trump relations greatly contributed to massive critical & investigative media, contributing greatly to rock bottom popularity for Trump; we do know that Putin & Trump relationship reached a dead-end, with no where to go, because press & media watch & investigate, to point likely a few of Trump’s people will go to jail & depend, perhaps Trump will be impeach & jail.
So in sum, those who believe in this conspiracy theory you brushed off, again, that Putin & Trump colluded on Syria, cites these fundamentals facts, truth & reality, as causes for “A Need & Requirement”
Their conspiracy theory is, this “Need & Requirement” based on Trump’s long track record of “Re-Directing” issues away to new or other, when things goes bad & military action on Syria serves this purpose. Since here we talking military action, so it is called “Wag the Dog’s Tail.”
And again, this is to re-direct interest away from Russia Gate investigation & also weaken the Russia Gate case with the military action, proving there is no Putin & Trump bromance & also, with attention focus on was, the American people and flag, “Rallying Around the Flag” should help Trump’s better his rock-bottom approval ratings.
Then on the part of this conspiracy theory about Putin& Trump colluding on the Syria situation, those who believe the theory say there lots of talks & words from everyone on the Syria situation, but they said if one looks at the actual actions, there is very little that is actually done, real and concrete. They point to about 50 Tomahawking used & a bit real damage to Syria.
And so they say there are lots and lots of smoke, but little fire, so those believe in this conspiracy theory say everything, from about 30 years of Trump relationship with Russia & in recent years Putin, to all the investigations into Putin and Trump real and exist bromance & current goings on with Syria, presents lots of suspicion.
Their answer to the suspicion, is Putin & Trump are colluding on Syria. To WaPo, there many other conspiracy theory on Syria that I heard, just remember most conspiracy theory “Fake” but some are real, for example, Nixon’s Watergate conspiracy was real & so be very critical & but open to them & notice your own preferences WaPo so as you will not fail journalism because of cognitive dissonance.
4/ Trump is doing lots of “Pivoting” away from previous positions, to new position, while other positions are still the same. So what is occurring? There is no question, Trump’s current pivoting, on a lot of issues, starting with Syria, is the result of a “Need & Requirement” to “Re-Direct” public & media interest & narratives to other issues to get away from Russia Gate which was fast cornering him, on all fronts. & Trump a master of “Re-Directing” & have long track record success doing this, & on Syria, it is warfare, so it call “Wag Dog’s Tail.” On Trump’s other Pivot, away campaign talk, it a combination of his personal wealth consideration, such as business & economics related pivot, such as to China where China has been courting Trump with lucrative gifts, such as license to business & patents. Then on other pivoting, Trump has been hitting multiple “Dead-Ends” with “No Where To Go But Failure” for quite a while, on many issues, if he persisted on those course Trump will fail. For example, on Europe related, the populous far right, Trump’s natural ally, since Trump is also a Fascist, looks more solid every day, that they will be wiped-out, & therefore Trump pivoted away from anti-EU position, where his strategist, Bannon was helping to break up EU, with supporting the populous movements. Then on issues like NATO, Trump is way over his head attacking NATO, as NATO is backed by America’s deep state, being the military industrial complex, with deep root to both Dems & GOP hawks on foreign policy, so of course, with little hope on far right populous movements & faced the deep state, Trump pivot on NATO. Then there is the Putin & Trump relationship & there many conspiracy theory out there, & I pretty sure I know what the truth & reality is based on lots of facts, truth & reality, & lots of research & history, but I was asked to hold what I think on this as classified for now. On business & economics pivoting, such as China not a currency manipulator, wanting weak dollar and low interest rates, these are just the fall-out from his pivot on China. Over all remember this, other than few shads of fundamentals about what Trump is (covered by one of this blog page), there not much there & as politician he mostly performer& a confidence man, with a love to be popular, enrich himself & win, so apart from those objectives, anything goes with Trump. So Trump went from what was, to what now and the question is, what next? Here, the situation depends, again, on factors influencing what Trump consider important, again this being popular, personal wealth & winning, with GOP to also consider.
Some news that broke:
16 mins ago – “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said during short …
http://www.telegraph.co.uk › News
24 mins ago – Asked on Thursday if he would support military intervention in Syria under any circumstances, Mr Corbyn said: “I want us to bring about peace …
3 hours ago – The U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late … But President Trump said the strike was in the “vital national security interest” … urged immediate action against Assad, warning against what one …
http://www.mirror.co.uk › News › Politics › Syria airstrikes
58 mins ago – Donald Trump has ordered missile strikes in Syria in response to the Assad … Donald Trump this morning ordered a missile strike on a military …
2 hours ago – “I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr Trump said. “It is in the vital …
https://www.theguardian.com › World › Syria
11 mins ago – US strikes Syrian airfield in first direct military action against Assad · Report from Khan Sheikhun: … The world reacts to Trump’s Syria airstrikes.
2 hours ago – US fires 59 tomahawk missiles against Syrian airfield 1 Hour Ago | 02:20 … negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action …
38 mins ago – President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have now both … Obama launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS; He sought congressional approval to strike Assad’s … Trump launches military strike against Syria.
9 hours ago – Obama needs Congressional approval,” Trump tweeted on the morning of Aug. … My statement in response to U.S. missile strikes in #Syria: …
9 hours ago – Even some congressional Republicans who opposed striking the Syrian regime when President Obama was considering it in 2013 … CRUZ: “Any military action in Syria must be justified as protecting the vital national security …
Aug 31, 2013 – WASHINGTON — President Obama abruptly changed course on Saturday and postponed a military strike against the Syrian government in …
10 hours ago – What comes next after Syria missile attack … Rubio opposed a U.S. strike against the Syrian regime in 2013 when President Obama threatened to take … The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as …
7 hours ago – Ultimately, Congress did not appear to approve the strike, with 243 … Barack Obama would have approval to use a military strike against Syria.
Jump to President Obama seeks Congressional approval for intervention – … authorization from Congress before … to ordering a strike on Syria.
8 hours ago – Worldwide Reaction to U.S. Military Strikes on Syria … In February 2015, Obama asked Congress to formally authorize war against the Islamic …
6 hours ago – WATCH US launches military strike on Syrian air base … At the time, Trump tweeted that Obama’s move to ask for congressional approval was …
6 hours ago – Obama opted not to strike Assad’s regime in Syria back in 2013 when … that Trump should seek congressional authorization for military action.
3 days ago – First, Obama’s red line at the time was a threat of US military action against … Congress to authorize the potential use of force against Syria, the …
https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Barack Obama
Aug 31, 2013 – President insists the US should take military action against Assad but says he will seek the authorisation of Congress first.
Claim: Said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when President Obama set a “red line” for military intervention, and…
Claimed by: Donald Trump
Fact check by FactCheck.org: Not the Whole Story
http://www.marketwatch.com › Economy & Politics › Outside the Box
2 days ago – In 2013, he was planning to order military action after similar reports … Obama decided not to act on his own and asked Congress to weigh in …
6 hours ago – more. WATCH: Trump orders strike on Syrian military targets in response to chemical attack … Obama needs Congressional approval.
11 hours ago – As president, Trump has not said whether he will go to Congress to ask for approval, should he want to authorize military action. Republicans …
President Obama must seek explicit Congressional authorization before taking military action in Syria, as required by the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers …
11 hours ago – The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target … Rand Paul called on Trump to consult on Congress. … airstrikes in Syria in September 2014 under President Barack Obama as part of its …
5 hours ago – The cost of the strike on the Syrian military airbase, which was ordered without Congressional approval, is estimated to be between $30 million …
17 hours ago – “If there is any contemplation about military action in Syria, the president would need to do what President Obama did and come to congress …
13 hours ago – A pair of libertarian-leaning GOP senators are calling on President Trump to get congressional authorization before taking military action …
“The U.S. was right to strike the Syrian Air Force,” Nicholas Burns, a veteran U.S. … even while arguing that Trump should have consulted Congress beforehand. … when President Obama considered a military strike in response to an earlier …
Aug 31, 2013 – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was ready to order a military strike against Syria, with or without Congress‘ blessing. But on …