Trains, Chess, and The Kiss?
Donald Trump Made The Right Move…Again.
I’d like to thank Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) for his knowledge and for reminding me to keep it simple.
KISS — Keep It Simple Stupid
We’ve all heard this acronym. We know it’s a good rule of thumb and almost always, serves us well in every aspect of life. So why do we forget to apply it so often?
Ever since President Trump launched his retaliatory attacks on Syria for the gas attacks attributed to Bashar al-Assad, I’ve racked my brain-bits trying to understand the most obvious problems with the story.
Why would Assad gas his own population?
It didn’t make sense, especially at a time when regime change was finally pushed aside as a priority by the U.S., and the prospect of some form of cooperation seemed within reach. There were plans for such talks in Belgium in the near future. It just didn’t make sense.
The next obstacle in this narrative was the appearance of the gas attacks — it looked like a false flag.
(Remember — false flag doesn’t mean an attack didn’t happen. It means someone staged an attack with the sole purpose of blaming a different party.)
Everything about the mainstream news videos of the aftermath looked staged — from the cave hospital to some of the dead bodies moving, scratching, and even laughing under their sheets. I mean, c’mon.
So how could someone as astute a strategist as Donald Trump be so easily fooled by an attack the rest of us brilliant armchair analysts spotted immediately?
Quite simply, the rest of us missed something — something very simple yet critical to understanding the why.
In light of that tidbit, we can now ask the same questions and end up with answers which make sense.
Why would Assad want to gas his own people? He wouldn’t. But if Iran is running the show and turned on him — would Iran have an interest in keeping the war in Syria going, and force the U.S. into the difficult decision of acting or not? You bet.
An opportunity to embarrass President Trump, right at the time he was in meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping could have been win/win for Iran. If Trump does nothing, he appears weak or indecisive to his Chinese counterpart and other adversaries.
If the President did act, such as he did, Iran believed he would face the backlash from an American public with no appetite for further war.
Iran has been able to use Syria through its army by turning on Assad whenever it was in their best interest. Keeping Syria at war is helping Iran by keeping attention off of themselves directly. With peace in Syria, focus would shift back their direction — there cannot be peace in the region with the threat of a nuclear Iran lingering.
Consider the amount of time the Syrian conflict has bought Iran to continue their nuclear pursuits with relatively little media attention. Whenever necessary, they need only fabricate a crisis in Syria to shift the focus away from themselves.
One of the reasons ISIS has been able to continue — even with superpowers Russia and the U.S. supposedly attempting to eradicate them — Iran is able to manipulate many of the paid mercenaries fighting as ISIS.
Iran, in essence, is able to steer both sides of the conflict — with the assistance of both the U.S. and Russia to varying degrees, whether knowingly or not.
Let that sink in for a minute…
Russia has been supporting Assad and allying with Iran to fight ISIS — The U.S. has been working with, and funding their moderate rebel groups (Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, etc.) many of whom simply switch allegiance to the highest bidder (including Iran).
The kicker is, nobody can come right out and admit this for a platitude of reasons ranging from embarrassment all the way up to using this knowledge for their own political purposes.
Think about Obama’s later dealings with Iran and his seeming unwillingness to seriously go after ISIS in Syria, and you start to realize how complex this situation can be to sort out…if you let it.
I say if you let it because, unless you have access to all of the intelligence from your armchair, you can speculate until Nibiru crashes into Earth, and you will never be able to know for certain all the angles being played.
Even if you managed to have an inside source from one government agency, the compartmental nature of the intelligence community would prevent you from ever being able to be certain your info was the entirety of the situation.
So again —
All we really need to know about this situation, we now know — Iran is in control of Assad’s army.
With this knowledge in mind, we can re-assess everything we thought we had figured out, or conversely, were confused about, and get a much clearer picture of President Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory attack.
When you jump from a moving train, you end up getting burned by the ground.
In my earlier article, I mentioned Donald Trump was like a chess master when it came to strategy, and I’d learned to take the time to figure out what the motivation was behind his moves.
I admit, this was a tricky one to come to grips with as the picture — or let’s say the puzzle — had one piece missing.
After struggling with the why for a couple of days, I reminded myself to K.I.S.S. and sure enough, with some help, I found the missing piece. I’m going to save anymore elaboration for another article.
The knee-jerk reaction, and the simplest one, is to believe Trump screwed up because you have it figured out and he must be an idiot not to see what you see. Jump from the moving Trump Train.
If you’re a liberal, or Anti-Trump, to begin with, it’s not much of an issue. Hell — Trump seems to have gained some liberal support over his decision.
If you were a Trump supporter who decided he betrayed you, and took a flying leap off the train — well, now you’re laying on the ground with a nasty road rash.
What are you going to do now? Lay there for 4 years? Turn into a Democrat? Keep pretending you knew it all and Trump is still wrong?
Or are you strong enough to admit you reacted too quickly, forgot one of the reasons you voted for Donald Trump was his shrewd and effective decision making, and remember to give him the benefit of the doubt next time before abandoning the train entirely?
As a Trump supporter, there is absolutely nothing wrong with questioning, or even disagreeing with, policies or decisions of the administration. Being a businessman for over 40 years, Donald Trump not only expects disagreements, I’d venture to say, he thrives and learns from them even after all these years.
Was This A Masterful Trump Chess Move?
Absolutely. With the missing piece added to the equation — this was not only his best option, but it was a brilliant tactical move.
- The airstrikes were limited to an airfield, yet the runway was unharmed — meaning the air base is still operational. Six MiG-23s were destroyed along with a storage depot, a training building, a canteen and a radar station. The strikes were meant to send a message and were the most limited of the options presented to him by his military experts.
- Russia was warned about the strike beforehand… and Russian officials likely warned Syria. “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line,” said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. “U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.” — Kit Daniels for InfoWars.com
- This decision destroyed the entire Trump/Russia narrative being played by the anti-Trumpers. If Trump had not acted but instead, tried to form an anti-ISIS coalition with Russia, his opponents, and the media, would have had a field day with the Putin’s Puppet nonsense.
- Russia made an unusual public statement days prior stating, its support for Assad was not unconditional. Not being a stupid man, and knowing the circumstances around Assad’s army connections to Iran, Putin likely had either prior knowledge, or at least the suspicion, something was in the making. Putin maybe allied with Iran, but it is not so strong an alliance he would sacrifice his own career over.
- The strikes occurred precisely as he was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In fact, they were having supper after making the Chinese President wait while Trump dealt with his advisors. The timing and intent could not have been more clear — Trump used an opportunity likely intended to embarrass him in front of the Chinese President had he done nothing, and turned it into a loud and clear statement to China, North Korea, and anyone else who assumed he was going to be a reiteration of Obama. Definitely brilliant.
- Speaking of Obama — his actions were also effective in showing up the left and their ineffective hero, who had never been able to back up his own red-lines.
- Trump also silenced the likes of his own neocon war hawks (at least for a while), Lindsay Graham and John McCain. Brilliantly, it leaves them the choices of, pushing for even more war, (which the public doesn’t want), back-pedalling against the military action taken (never going to happen), or, getting on-side with Trump lest they risk being considered even more aligned to the Democrats side than they already are.
Contrary to some commentary, this action does not help ISIS. Only 6 aging Soviet Mig-23’s were destroyed. The airfield was left intact, and there is nothing preventing any anti-ISIS missions by Assad or anyone else.
One last item to touch on has some pros and cons — the media.
In Part 2 of Trains, Chess, and The K.I.S.S., I will look at the chaos of the media from both the liberal mainstream and the alternative New Media — The Egos Have Landed