What I think we know about the American missile attack on Shayrat Air Base is that Trump advisor Steve Bannon was against it.
So who convinced Trump to do an abrupt about face and veer off his stated policy of noninvolvement in foreign conflicts?
I can think of several possibilities:
1. The generals who surround Trump. Mad Dog Mattis comes to mind.
2. Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Both are neocon globalists whose positions are at odds with Trump’s campaign promises.
3. Trump was never sincere about his intentions regarding overseas conflicts. That’s unlikely since he has a long, long track record of opposition to American involvement in foreign wars. Or perhaps he was sincere, but being mercurial, simply changed his mind. Perhaps he wants the world to see him as a tough guy.
4. Unknown actors are blackmailing Trump by threatening his family, a sex scandal, or criminal acts (taxes, etc.) that could lead to his impeachment and possibly imprisonment.
Media stories have focused on Jared Kushner’s increasing sway over Trump. Now, we have a new story that implicates First Daughter Ivanka.
DONALD Trump’s decision to rain down 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base was sparked by his daughter Ivanka’s “heartbroken” response to Assad’s chemical attack, insiders have claimed.
Trump has long opposed military intervention in Syria – both as a private citizen when he criticised Obama’s intervention in the region, and as President.
But the Republican firebrand is believed to have made his dramatic U-turn after being convinced by his daughter Ivanka’s impassioned response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on Tuesday.
A source close to the first family said: “Increasingly, Ivanka is having more and more influence over her father.
“She often counsels her father and was very clear that action needed to be taken against Assad in some form.”
“Ivanka was infuriated over the lack of a direct response in the immediate aftermath of the Syrian attack.”
Responding the morning after Assad’s attack, The President’s eldest daughter tweeted: “Heartbroken and outraged by the images coming out of Syria following the atrocious chemical attack today.
Following her comments, the President’s stance on a military response began to shift, quickly claiming the attack was an “affront to humanity” and blasting Assad’s “heinous” actions.
And the following day, hours before launching a flurry of 2,900lb missiles into the country, the President had shifted from isolation to intervention.
He said: “I think what Assad did is terrible.
“I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity and he’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen
I guess this is plausible. Trump is a father who seems to like pleasing his children. But honestly, do we want Ivanka Trump designing shoes and handbags or designing American foreign policy.
I know my answer.
Bring on the high heels.