Read the words below of a man representing a presidential administration that doesn’t have the first fucking clue what it’s doing.
“The goal for the United States is twofold. It’s, one, to make sure we destabilize Syria — destabilize the conflict there, reduce the threat of ISIS. But then, secondly, is create the political environment, not just within the Syrian people, but I think you can have — work with Russia in particular to make sure that they understand that Syria, backed up by Russia’s own accounting, should be held accountable for the agreements that its made with respect to its international agreements on chemical weapons alone.”
This was Sean Spicer at his daily press briefing on April 10 telling the White House Press Corps that the president’s goal is to destabilize a foreign nation. The follow-up to that should have been, “Why does the president want to destabilize a foreign nation?”
Spicer’s statement was in response to a question about trump’s position on removing Bashar Assad from power in Syria.
This is also a statement from a man who is speaking for an administration that has still not given any thought to what they plan to do with Syria. It’s the answer of a man speaking for an administration that literally develops it’s position on Syria on-the-fly.
Don’t believe me?
When NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Spicer to clarify whether the president believed it was possible to defeat ISIS with Assad still in power, Spicer paused, looked briefly up and to the left, then straight ahead. His eyes immediately glazed over—or focused off into infinity…who really knows? He then muttered the question back to himself, “defeat ISIS with…” as if he were a 10-year-old at a spelling bee repeating a word to himself that he clearly didn’t study before stammering out, “Um, yes. Sure.”
Did you catch that? He just stated presidential policy without knowing if it was presidential policy.
“Um, yes. Sure.”
That’s the kind of answer you give when your wife asks you if you turned off the oven before you left on vacation, and you have no fucking idea if you turned off the oven before you left on vacation.
Keep in mind this undefined doctrine as trump is sending a carrier group to the waters off North Korea. Don’t for a second believe that trump has any clue what he’s going to do with them once they get there.
Today’s title comes from “American Idiot” by Green Day.
And now, your trump picture: