Thursday, April 6, 2017

Joel B. Pollak — Trump Ordered Syria Attack, then Ate Dinner with Chinese President

President Donald Trump ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against a Syrian airfield on Thursday evening — then sat down to dinner with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.
Apparently Trump didn't tell Xi.
The message would not have been lost on the Chinese president, whose visit was expected to include difficult discussions about the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles, as well as about China’s ambitious naval expansion on artificial islands in international waters.
“He does what he says … He’s sending a message to the Chinese,” former General Jack Keane told Sean Hannity on Fox News.
“He’s telling the Chinese that, listen, the North Koreans are trying to weaponize intercontinental ballistic missiles and the rhetoric is they will use them against my country and my people. Don’t push me into a corner where I have to use a military option to deal with them. That would be horrific. That would mean war on the Korean peninsula,” Keane said.
“I think he’ll get the Chinese attention for sure, as a result of that. It’s not rhetoric. We’ve had rhetoric for eight years, with passivity, and no action.”
I can't even begin to explain how crazy this is.

Breitbart News
Trump Ordered Syria Attack, then Ate Dinner with Chinese President
Joel B. Pollak


Bob said...

The message to China is: you crack down on NK and we'll make a deal on trade.

Tom Hickey said...

I am not a mind reader but anyone with half a brain regarding geopolitics and Chinese internal politics would conclude hat Xi will tell Trump is we'll deal with NK if you remove all US troops and military equipment from SK.

Bob said...

That might be doable. SK military is decent by itself.

Tom Hickey said...

US would never go for it.

NK has a border with China. China doesn't want the US approaching that border.

China might be able to broker a peace treaty with NK but the price would be US withdrawal from the peninsula. The PLA would demand that. Xi can't make a deal without PLA consent.

Bob said...

If SK goes for it, what can the US do? They are a sovereign democratic nation.

Tom Hickey said...

SK is a US vassal state.

GLH said...

Isn't there some irony in telling Xi that NK can't be trusted to have missiles because they might use them indescriminately and then attacking Syria?