Monday 11 December 2017

Trump's critics loathe to admit a shot across Assad and Putin's bow was right

US President Donald Trump announcing the missile strikes on Syria last week. Photo: Alex BrandonAP
US President Donald Trump announcing the missile strikes on Syria last week. Photo: Alex BrandonAP
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Or, in Donald Trump's case, just damned.

Was last week's Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield the moment when Mr Trump became a viable president? Or was it the moment when he finally proved his myriad detractors correct - that he is a dangerously unhinged, overly emotional amateur who will shape his entire foreign policy on the basis of some emotive pictures of suffering children?

Of one thing we can be sure - Thursday's attack blindsided his domestic detractors nearly as much as the Russians, who were given an hour's notice to get out of Dodge, the Dodge in this case being the infamous Shayrat air base, from where the most recent Syrian air force chemical attacks were flown.

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