Re­mem­ber when the es­tab­lish­ment thought Trump was crazy?

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY CHARLES HURT Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@wash­ing­ton­; fol­low him on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

Re­mind me again: Who is the im­pul­sive, trig­ger-happy pug­na­cious brute who can­not be trusted with the nu­clear codes? It’s Don­ald Trump, ac­cord­ing to uni­ver­sal bi­par­ti­san procla­ma­tions from es­tab­lish­ment Wash­ing­ton lif­ers who broke into such hys­ter­ics over a gauche real es­tate ti­tan who thought he could do their job bet­ter than them.

These peo­ple should know, con­sid­er­ing they are the same peo­ple who have man­aged to keep Amer­ica at a con­stant state of war for about 15 years now. These peo­ple can­not agree on pretty much any­thing else. But spend­ing gobs of money polic­ing the world with nev­erend­ing for­eign wars? They sud­denly break out in hot pul­sat­ing bi­par­ti­san­ship.

So per­haps it should come as lit­tle sur­prise that these peo­ple who so loathed Don­ald Trump the can­di­date are so thrilled with Don­ald Trump the pres­i­dent for firing 59 Tom­a­hawk cruise mis­siles into a Syr­ian civil war that Amer­i­can vot­ers are pretty adamant about stay­ing out of.

The sud­den ap­plause for Mr. Trump came from the strangest cor­ners of the po­lit­i­cal world.

The Se­nate’s “rene­gade” rogue Repub­li­cans John McCain and Lindsey Gra­ham — ar­dent foes of Mr. Trump dur­ing the cam­paign — com­mended him for his war­rior blus­ter.

“Un­like the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pres­i­dent Trump con­fronted a piv­otal mo­ment in Syria and took ac­tion,” they said. “For that, he de­serves the sup­port of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

Even Sen. Marco Ru­bio — fa­mously dubbed “Lit­tle Marco” — cheered the pres­i­dent for “act­ing de­ci­sively.”

“Pres­i­dent Trump has made it clear to Assad and those who em­power him that the days of com­mit­ting war crimes with im­punity are over,” Lit­tle Marco said.

Across the aisle, even Democrats were gush­ing over the ex­pen­sive mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion.

“Mak­ing sure Assad knows that when he com­mits such de­spi­ca­ble atroc­i­ties he will pay a price is the right thing to do,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer en­thused.

Even Hil­lary Clin­ton hopped aboard the Trump Train for bomb­ing Syria. Her only com­plaint seemed to be that Mr. Trump may not have gone far enough.

“I be­lieve that we should have, and still should, take out his air­fields and pre­vent him from be­ing able to use them to bomb in­no­cent peo­ple and drop sarin gas on them,” she said.

This is the same Hil­lary Clin­ton who warned us in the most alarm­ing terms dur­ing the cam­paign that un­der no cir­cum­stances should Mr. Trump be trusted with Amer­ica’s war-mak­ing ar­se­nal.

“This is not some­one who should ever have the nu­clear codes,” she said last sum­mer. “It’s not hard to imag­ine Don­ald Trump lead­ing us into a war just be­cause some­body got un­der his very thin skin.”

Well, ap­par­ently Syr­ian dic­ta­tor Bashar Assad got un­der Mr. Trump’s very thin skin, and Mrs. Clin­ton’s only com­plaint now is he didn’t go far enough.


Pres­i­dent Trump is draw­ing plau­dits from for­mer Repub­li­can foes, and even some lib­er­als, for tak­ing ac­tion against Bashar Assad in Syria.

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