Is The Syria Airstrike And Russian Response All Just A Distraction? (Video)

Trump and Putin behind a picture of an airstrike in Syria

Trump has always gushed about Russia, more than any other country, it seems. But since Russia has met their goal of placing Donald in the White House and every day, another story emerges about Russian spies and their connections to this administration. Today it appears that Russia wants us to believe that their relationship with Donald is over. In fact, Chris Matthews from MSNBC posed it this way:

“If there was a way for him to kill the narrative that he’s in bed with Putin, it would be this. Take on Putin’s warm freshwater port [in Tartus], take on his satellite, his loyal ally Assad. And that would be a way of saying I was never in bed with this guy, I never planned any kind of coalition in Moscow.”

What could support such a statement? And why would he ask that?

Russia would have us believe that relations with this White House have suddenly pivoted to incredibly cold. Trump went behind Congress’s back and approved a missile strike in Syria yesterday. Now, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev went so far as to state that the Syria strike puts Moscow and Washington “on the verge of a military clash.”

Why does this feel so very manufactured, and designed purely to distract? Medvedev said the missile strike is “really sad for our now completely ruined relations” with the U.S. and “good news for terrorists.”

Really? Completely ruined relations in one day after Russia spent a year (at least) hacking our elections to place Trump where he is now? It doesn’t come across as authentic, especially given the fact that we know Russia concocts fake news stories to sway American public opinion to their advantage. That’s indisputable.

Medvedev wrote on Facebook:

“This military action is a clear indication of the US President’s extreme dependency on the opinion of the Washington establishment, the one that the new president strongly criticized in his inauguration speech.”

Not only that, it goes against what Trump himself said should be done in Syria under similar circumstances.

And here we seem to have the exact same talking point about the establishment that Donald’s alt-right buddies are mirroring today. Mike Cernovich and Alex Jones and the conspiracy-theory sites they frequent seem to be turning on Trump in the exact same way as the Russian Prime Minister. See the tweet from the Washington Post below:

Overnight, the hashtag of #SyriaHoax trended. To the conspiracy theory lovers, the conflict in Syria today was a fabricated “false flag” event. They blame the U.S. deep state for the poison gas attack, not the Assad regime. All of it is really meant to force the United States into war, according to them.

Yet their blame placed on the deep state, that is, those in a sort of “shadow government” of Obama holdovers, seems especially misguided, considering that the event in Syria seems to actually be perfectly crafted to redirect attention away from other news. Who benefits? The Washington establishment or Trump?

Are we to really believe that tensions with Russia are authentically escalated now, or is this all more propaganda? After all, Russian forces were given 90 minutes notice of the attack, while Congress was left in the dark.

As reporter Seth Abramson reported on Twitter:

“Trump and Putin can now look like they’re at odds—helpful for Russiagate—when in fact Trump’s ineffective strike didn’t harm Putin.”

Abramson unleashed another tweetstorm today, making the argument that the event last night in Syria was ineffectual and merely an “empty political gesture.”

All of this smacks of another panicked attempt to redirect attention away from Russia. What does it say if Trump would go to these lengths to take #Russiagate off the front page? If there is an escalation with Russia, will that all be a convenient ploy as well?

For those who point to Trump’s attack as a noble gesture to strike a man who poisoned his own citizens, consider that Trump won’t take Syrian refugees, and then ask yourself if this airstrike was done purely for altruistic reasons by Trump.

Both Russia and Syria can claim this move emboldens terrorists, and that part is likely very true. Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, went so far as to accuse the U.S. of being “a partner of ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra.” Certainly, this quagmire will lead the U.S. to more instability. Of that, we can be assured.

How much more instability can we take before we find out the truth about collusion with Russia? No matter what Trump does next, we must stay focused. #resist

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Matthew Silvan is a gay man from the American South who has spent years fighting against the scapegoating and demonization imposed on the LGBT community by Republicans and religious hypocrites and zealots. His writing reflects the constant struggle to overcome the inequality and discrimination still rampant in America. He is an advocate for diversity and progress, with a passion for nature and preserving the environment, who also tends to approach things in a lighthearted way despite it all.