Monday June 1, 2020

Donald Trump's weapons of mass distraction

Trump’s swift response to the Syrian attacks has accomplished one thing: a diversion from the torrent of bad news and utter confusion

9th April, 2017
The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations for the US while in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday Pic: Ford Williams/US Navy p/SI/REX/Shutterstock

A couple of craters in a small military airport may not amount to much on the international stage. But for a beleaguered president whose attempts to implement his campaign pledges have been blocked by fellow Republicans, the courts and his warring inner circle, the missile strikes on Syria had the appearance of a swift and decisive response.

In a matter of hours, Trump upended a foreign policy doctrine based on putting America first and avoiding...

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