Watching the president's announcement last night, I was reassured to see his head swivel from one teleprompter to the other...no ad libbing! And doubly reassured that the announcement was taped...in case he went off message.
So how will this go? Your thoughts? Premonitions?
- Johnathan Freedland at the Guardian: "Sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person. Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield seems to belong in that category, though even that verdict depends on events yet to unfold." Freedland has a catalog of why Trump is the wrong person.
- Paul Pillar, LobeLog: "Syria and the Call of the Quagmire."
(but in agreement with Stanley Kopack's comment below). The author, Alastair Crooke is still waiting for confirmation that the chemical weapon was sarin and that the Syrian Air Force dropped it. He reports the contrary scenario (a chemical weapon held by the opposition or Nusra, instead of the conventional weapons the Syrian Ari Force expected). Presumably he does not buy the report of Turkish officials who declared it was sarin.