HUBRIS: Exaggerated pride or self-confidence (Source: Merriam-Webster.com)
Today Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis delivered some (hollow-ringing) reassurance in an attempt to calm conservative, antsy, wavering, wincing Trump supporters over the escalating U.S. military involvement in Syria’s civil war – which then-candidate Donald Trump at one time thought was a horrible idea. Mind you, with very few exceptions, the media, RINO Congressional Republicans and the Democrats are solidly behind the missile strike the President ordered in response to a Sarin gas attack directed at Syrian civilians – wrongly or rightly attributed to President Bashar Assad.
Reuters gave us a report today about “Mad Dog’s” confidence that none of this war business is going to get out of control:
Tensions between the United States and Russia will not “spiral out of control” following last week’s U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, describing it as a one-off response to Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons…
…“I’m confident the Russians will act in their own best interest and there is nothing in their best interest to say they want this situation to go out of control.”
Mattis has repeatedly warned that the U.S. military remained ready to act again should Assad use chemical weapons, saying on Tuesday that Assad would “pay a very, very stiff price.”…
Mm hmm. “Mad Dog” is confident.
By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight…
…Trump “will not stop here,” warned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday. “If he needs to do more, he will.”
If Trump fails to back up Haley’s threat, the hawks now cheering him on will begin deriding him as “Donald Obama.”
But if he throbs to the war drums of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and orders Syria’s air force destroyed, we could be at war not only with ISIS and al-Qaida, but with Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.
A Syrian war would consume Trump’s presidency…
Indeed. Buchanan writes more:
…Are we certain Assad personally ordered a gas attack on civilians?
For it makes no sense. Why would Assad, who is winning the war and had been told America was no longer demanding his removal, order a nerve gas attack on children, certain to ignite America’s rage, for no military gain?
Like the gas attack in 2013, this has the marks of a false flag operation to stampede America into Syria’s civil war…
Just like Jimmy Carter got involved in overthrowing the Shah of Iran (enter Ayatollahs Khomeini and successor Khameini and the Islamic Republic of Iran); like Barack Obama got involved in ousting Hosni Mubarak from Egypt, and Moammar Ghadaffi from Libya?
And what did we reap from all of that meddling in Muslim political affairs? Did you know that slaves are now reportedly sold at open markets in Libya? Betcha didn’t know that.
…And as in most wars, the first shots fired receive the loudest cheers. But if the president has thrown in with the neocons and War Party, and we are plunging back into the Mideast maelstrom, Trump should know that many of those who helped to nominate and elect him — to keep us out of unnecessary wars — may not be standing by him.
We have no vital national interest in Syria’s civil war. It is those doing the fighting who have causes they deem worth dying for…
…If, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, we do not want America in yet another Mideast war, the time to stop it is before the War Party has us already in it. That time is now.
Mr. Trump talked one game during his campaign for the presidency. BUT, he has surrounded himself with military advisors who are very close in philosophy to both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. They are the COIN (Counter Insurgency) masters. They are the globalists, the Islam apologists, and the ignoramuses of Islam’s doctrinal dynamics in the Middle East quagmire.
And they are the ones who now whisper into Donald Trump’s ear.
The President didn’t bring in the people who understand Islam’s doctrinal threat and could have assisted him in keeping his original campaign promises – beginning with former Undersecretary of Defense Frank Gaffney.
There were plenty of good men and women available with a lot of knowledge and brain-power. But Trump closed them out. He brought in the Bush/Obama people.
From the Reuters report:
…U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denounced Russian support for Assad as he prepared to fly to Moscow on Tuesday.
“It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” Tillerson told reporters in Italy.
The Exxon oil executive turned Secretary of State doesn’t have a clue as to who or what will follow Assad when he falls. Mr. Tillerson talks about stability and peace in Syria – without Assad in power. Mr. Tillerson is apparently another Islam ignoramus in a six-hundred dollar suit. But it’s clear to him that Assad is finished. As was Mubarak, as was Ghadaffi, as was the Shah of Iran. And look what we have in those places now. Reuters continues:
…U.S. intelligence indicates that Syrian Su-22 aircraft taking off from Shayrat airfield delivered the nerve agent sarin, according to a White House report given to reporters.…
Pardon my skepticism. Remember the “intelligence” information that the Bush administration relied upon to justify invading Iraq? You know. Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. That intelligence information.
I’ll close with this quote from “Mad Dog” regarding the unfolding Syria/Russia/US conflict:
“It will not spiral out of control.”
I’m not so sure about that, “Mad Dog.” I think it depends on who gets killed during the next American air strike. If a few Russian soldiers are blown up by an errant Tomahawk missile, it may already be out of your control.
Thanks to Drudge for the links.