Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I voted for Trump. After Syria, I feel betrayed – Justin Raimondo

The right have become doves and the liberals have become hawks. I never thought I would see this happen. (This article is month old, so hopefully Trump is moving towards some sort of peace deals now, who knows, I read on thing and then another, perhaps there is a tug of war going on at the Whitehouse).

Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has jumped headlong into it.

I voted for Donald Trump because he promised to pursue a new foreign policy. As he said in December, “We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country.” He vowed to appoint those with “new approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies. 
After decades of disastrous interventions, Trump inspired me. But less than 100 days into his administration, I’m feeling the sting of betrayal. In recent weeks, Trump and his surrogates have abandoned virtually every foreign policy stance he took during the campaign. 
I’m not alone in feeling betrayed. 
Ann Coulter, author of “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome,” wrote recently that “Trump’s Syrian misadventure is immoral, violates every promise he ran on, and could sink his presidency." 
At Breitbart News, the online headquarters of the Trump insurgency, a piece about the Syria attacks attracted more than 50,000 ferociously negative comments. 
Pat Buchanan, the ideological godfather of Trumpism, despaired that “the promise of a Trump presidency … appears, not 100 days in, to have been a mirage. Will more wars make America great again?” 
A baffled Laura Ingraham tweeted, “Missiles flying. Rubio’s happy. McCain ecstatic. Hillary’s on board. A complete policy change in 48 hrs.” 
Talk radio host Michael Savage complains that “People in Trump’s own sphere are turning him toward the beating war drums.” 
Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit forces in Britain who campaigned for Trump in the U.S., opined that the president’s supporters “will be scratching their heads” at these foreign policy reversals.
The liberal media are thrilled by Trump’s transformation: The chorus of gushing praise on CNN and MSNBC as bombs fell on Syria was loud and practically unanimous. And Trump is reciprocating: Last week at a White House event honoring first responders, he characterized the media as “honorable people.” Remember when he called them out as “the world’s most dishonest people”? Ah, those were the good old days!president’s supporters “will be scratching their heads” at these foreign policy reversals.


Dan Lynch said...

I didn't vote for Trump -- or Hillary. I got tired of being betrayed a long time ago.

But Justin's point is that Trump has reneged on many of his campaign promises. I don't think those disappointed Trump voters will turn to the Democratic party. Democrats may indeed make gains in 2018 and 2020, but there will be no mandate for the usual Democratic positions.

Kaivey said...
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Kaivey said...

If I was American I would have voted for Jill Stein. By denying the Democrats my vote right that would have helped to put Trump in. I hated Hilary, so I wanted Trump in because he said he was the peace candidate. I couldn't understand why my liberal friends did not agree with me. But they read the Guardian.

Bob said...

If it's any consolation, the missile attack was a publicity stunt.

Matt Franko said...

Maybe the intel on the site that was struck was what the current Oval Office "Russia!" Hubbub is all about....

Tom Hickey said...

It's about ISIS plan to use laptops to attack planes. According to NYT, the intel source was Israel.

Salsabob said...

Another voter who fell for Trump's Leonard Zelig routine - believing Trump will take on whatever the voter personnally believes is what is wrong in the world. You see it here with the certitude that Trump offers a counter to neoLiberals and neoCons. Silly people. Trump will go wherever he's the 'winner.' Biggest winners in history are always derived from death and destruction. Figure it out.

Penguin pop said...

Correct, Salsa. Trump is nothing more than an opportunist chameleon, only in anything for himself at the expense of others. I still can't believe people thought this idiot was going to save them. Pity.