Donald Trump, in conjunction with French and British forces, ordered a missile strike on Syria tonight after several days of playing tough guy about it on Twitter. Aside from Syria itself, Russia is an enemy in this conflict, and they may well not let this go quietly, meaning there’s a chance our proxy war against them on Syrian soil may now become a real war with devastating consequences.
In speaking about the attack tonight, Rachel Maddow had some serious and pointed words about how the world—hostile or friendly—will perceive this attack given the scandals that plague Trump’s presidency:
“[Trump’s chaotic and scandal-ridden presidency] has national security consequences. When the president orders missile strikes on Syria on a night like tonight… It will affect other countries’ view of this strike. It will affect their reaction to it. It will therefore affect the utility of this military strike… The perception that the president may have ordered these strikes in part because of scandal, will affect the impact and the effectiveness of these military strikes.”
She’s not wrong, and she gives a dire warning at the end of her commentary. Watch below:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 14, 2018
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