When Donald Trump upended expectations and his own previous policies this week by launching U.S. airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a forbidden sarin gas attack against their own citizens, it was a response that left many people scratching their heads and wondering why the President had such a sudden change of heart.
Now, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell has put forth a theory, and people are finding it hard to disprove (video below).
The “America First”, isolationist President suddenly and impulsively deployed military force against a country whose major allies are Russia and Syria, all while having dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The action took both the left and right by surprise, and neither side attributed Trump’s motives to be simply a reaction to Syria’s atrocities, spawning a host of theories as to what were the real reasons for the bombing, including perhaps as a show of force to China to push them to reign in their North Korean allies.
O’Donnell, however, asks a question that many people are wondering:
“Wouldn’t it be nice, if it was just completely, totally, absolutely impossible to suspect that Vladimir Putin orchestrated what happened in Syria this week — so that his friend in the White House could have a big night with missiles and all the praises he’s picked up over the past 24 hours?”
With all of the news coverage in the last few weeks regarding the ongoing investigations into Russian electoral interference that landed Trump in the White House, the missile attacks on Syria provide an awful lot of cover for the President. If the aim is to move the media conversation away from the Russia investigation, the strategy succeeded.
What O’Donnell rightly points out, however, is that because of the constant barrage of misinformation, lies, and deception that preceded the bombings, the President has placed himself in the position where his every action is subject to skeptical scrutiny.
“If Vladimir Putin masterminded the last week in Syria, he has gotten everything he could have asked for,” O’Donnell begins.
O’Donnell then asks whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would have used banned chemical weapons without first checking with Putin, his primary protector and patron, who was ultimately responsible for overseeing Syria’s elimination of its chemical weapons under previous international agreements.
This reasoning leads him to ask why Putin would agree to such an atrocity. The answer: because it moves the media attention away from the Russia investigations in a dramatic way. According to O’Donnell:
“It changes the conventional wisdom about the dynamic between Vladimir Putin And Donald Trump.”
The problem is that no one is really sure whether this is what Putin wanted all along. If that proves to be the case, then as O’Donnell concludes:
“Everyday that’s a good day for President Trump, is a good day for President Putin.”
Watch the full video below:
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.