KABOOM! Salon Explodes My Brain With The Most Biased, Irresponsible, Dishonest And Stupid Anti-Trump Headline, Perhaps Of All Time

Ready?

Hold on to your skull!

Donald Trump, who’s totally not Vladimir Putin’s puppet, warned Russia before airstrikes on Syria

How’s your head?

Observations:

1. Not to insult anyone’s intelligence but Salon readers, whose intelligence should be insulted, but warning Russia before airstrikes directed solely at Syria was mandatory, since we did not want to, you know, provoke a war with Russia. Salon does not, apparently, remember the Maine. Or the Lusitania. Or journalism ethics. Or decency.

2. This is smoking gun anti-Trump insanity, and all by itself convincing evidence that the Angry Left has lost its marbles, perhaps forever.

3. The author of the snarky story under the headline is Matthew Rozsa. To be fair, his article does not attempt to justify the headline, so he may be blameless….except that if my work was attached to a headline that disgusting, I would resign,

4. That’s it: I’m not reading or linking to another Salon piece, except to mock one when necessarily. As with other sites that I’ve crossed of my list (Hi, Breitbart!), this headline is signature significance of a publication that is dedicated to political agendas, kowtows to foaming at the mouth ideological hacks, and cannot be trusted.

5. Will it ever dawn on the hysterical Democrats and progressives who continue to push the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory that it is a Doppleganger of the birther smear that some of the more unscrupulous and/or mentally unmoored Obama foes kept on life-support long after it made them appear both vile and risible?

Oh, probably not.

6. If you are thinking about trying to justify this vicious headline, don’t. You’ll be sorry.

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50 responses to “KABOOM! Salon Explodes My Brain With The Most Biased, Irresponsible, Dishonest And Stupid Anti-Trump Headline, Perhaps Of All Time

  1. Sarah B.

    Mr. Marshall,
    Can you explain where the requirement to inform Russia of the Syrian bombing comes from (a specific document would be ideal) so that I may be better informed when this Trump attack gets repeated ad nauseum by my anti-Trump friends. I’d really like to have a better defense going for our POTUS than “quit repeating stupid stuff found on the internet.”

    • Chris marschner

      Sarah. There is no requirement. However, to avoid unnecessary Russian casulties who are not the specific target it is customary to provide a heads up to non-targets prior to yhe attack. This is designed to reduce the potential for escalation.

      We often hear that these conflicts are “complicated”. These complications arise when our actual target is allied with another geopolitical foe that we have no intention to attack. Syria was banking on Russia serving as a shield which would cause the world to do nothing on response due to the fear of some form of retaliation from its patron. As a result, rogue nations engage in behaviors that they know would bring utter destruction if done without a strong “big brother” giving them cover.

      Giving the patron a heads up it gives them an opportunity to avoid having to defend itself because of the behavior of its client state.

      • Chris marschner

        Followup: Our military objective appears to be two fold. First, we wanted to eliminate their capability to use that installation for future gas attacks – not kill large numbers of personnel. Second, the attack puts our geopolitical adversaries on notice that we will not be played for fools in diplomatic circles.
        The recent missle attack was measured, proportional, and strategic given events in North Korea. I don’t think the Russians or Iranians will taunt our ships in the near future. Given China’s leader is here now it also tips some leverage to us in those talks.

    • The requirement is common sense, and its phrasing is something like “”don’t risk an unnecessary confrontation with a nuclear power and create colorable provocation for military response when you are delivering a specific forceful response to a different foreign entity, and make sure there are no casualties of citizens of that nuclear power that could be prevented by simple diplomacy.”

      Or, in layman’s terms, “Don’t swat a hornets nest when you can go around it.”

    • Steve

      I haven’t had time to chase it down and research but there is a specific agreement between the US and Russia in regards to military action in Syria. I am not sure if this is listed as a provision but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • Sarah B. wrote, “Can you explain where the requirement to inform Russia of the Syrian bombing comes from (a specific document would be ideal) so that I may be better informed when this Trump attack gets repeated ad nauseum by my anti-Trump friends. I’d really like to have a better defense going for our POTUS than “quit repeating stupid stuff found on the internet.” “

      It’s likely that there are others thinking along these lines, so I’ll take it upon myself to be the one to swat the hornets nest and see what nastiness it produces.

      1. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, with even an inkling of common sense knows that Russia is not the target, Russian troops are in the immediate area where the attack is taking place, and if you don’t prewarn Russia (a geopolitical adversary) then Russia could easily think this was an attack on them.

      2. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, with even an inkling of common sense wouldn’t have to ask the question.

      3. Anyone, and I do mean anyone, with even an inkling of common sense would not have asked the question in the manner in which you chose to ask it; “where the requirement to inform Russia of the Syrian bombing comes from (a specific document would be ideal)”. Such a question implies that anything short of a written piece of paper that specifically states that the United States must notify Russia before it attacks another nation (specifically Syria in this case) would not be acceptable to you or acceptable to your anti-Trump cohorts and the lack of said document will be used “ad nauseum” as as some kind of evidence presented by bias makes you stupid political hacks that Trump is colluding with Russia.

      If my implied assessment that Sara B. is an anti-Trump extremist is incorrect, that’s because I have nothing to base my judgement except this ridiculous question from her.

  2. Chris

    As you know, I think the web of connections between Trump and Russia is too big to ignore, but even I think warning Russia before the strike was appropriate and necessary.

    • Chris marschner

      Like Podesta’s and Bill Clinton’s web of financial ties.

    • Well, really…what madman wouldn’t?

      • Other Bill

        Answer: Rep. Adam Schiff.

        On Thursday, April 6, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about President Trump authorizing strikes against an airstrip in Syria, the chemical weapon attack earlier this week, as well as whether the attacks launched tonight were legal.

        Two minutes into the interview, Schiff notes that “apparently they did everything they could to vet the site to make sure there wouldn’t be human casualties, there wouldn’t be Russian casualties.”

        From RCP

    • Seriously just stop.

      If somehow the nation of Bulungi was a serious rival to us on the international front, you knee jerk Trump haters would be able to find connections between international businessman Trump and Bulungi, and you’d also find connections between his internationally connected advisors and Bulungi.

      Knock it off.

      • Chris

        Is the FBI currently investigating members of Trump’s team for ties to Bulungi? Did a well-regarded British intelligence agent produce a dossier about Trump’s ties to Bulungi? Were multiple members of Trump’s team forced to resign after making false claims about their ties to Bulungi, both before and after the campaign? Is Trump oddly deferential to the leader of Bulungi even when directly confronted with questions about his dictatorial nature?

        If so, we should definitely continue investigating his relationship with Bulungi.

    • Glenn Logan

      This is frustratingly predictable of you, Chris.

      What I’m curious about is how the left is going to spin the idea that Russia and Trump were in cahoots in light of the fact that Trump just took us to the brink of war with them.

      To me, two possibilities suggest themselves:

      1.\ Trump was happy to accept the help of the DNC cracking, whether it be Russia or whoever (I’m still unconvinced by the proclamations of our intelligence community in this regard) and exploit it for his gain, but had no meaningful “connections” with Russia on the matter, or;

      2.\ Putin did help Trump, with or without Trump’s knowledge and acquiescence, without having any idea of what kind of person he was helping. Because anyone who has watched Trump with any degree of care would’ve expected him to hit Syria just like he did. Direct action has always been Trump’s style. How could Putin have imagined otherwise? It is also possible that Putin was encouraged to help Trump win by Trump’s friendly rhetoric toward him. Either of these explanations would be astonishing incompetence and gullibility for an ex-spy like Putin.

      As I have described before, I believe that if Russia did in fact crack the DNC, they wanted it to be discovered and their involvement used against Trump. That is the kind of subtlety I would expect from someone like Putin, who has a KGB background where such intrigue is literally the air he breathes.

      Government malicious hackers of most large nation-states are far too skilled to have been exposed as easily as the US was allegedly able to expose the Russians. Our cyberneticists are good, but no better than the Russians. It makes much more sense that the Russians would’ve wanted a weakened, embattled Trump than just to get anybody but Clinton elected.

      • Chris

        . Because anyone who has watched Trump with any degree of care would’ve expected him to hit Syria just like he did.

        Why? Trump vocally opposed intervention in Syria during the Obama years and all through the campaign.

        Given the failure of the strike, I don’t agree that this brings us to the brink of war with Russia.

  3. Some things just can’t be fixed. Liberals and MSM media and whatever rag Salon is comes to mind. Cranking out steaming piles of it.

  4. Arthur in Maine

    “You know. Morons.”

  5. Wayne

    I don’t know that anybody with any common sense, conservative or liberal could not understand that we don’t want to provoke a war with Russia. This headline is dishonest and despicable.

    • So the questions are: what is the group that buys this kind of thing, how many are there, and what do we do about them?

      • Following up: If the headline doesn’t make your head blow, read the Salon comments.How do people get this way? They are so filled with hate and anger that they are literally delusional.

        • Mrs. Q

          Common Core…that’s how.

          • Chris

            You don’t know what Common Core is.

            • Mrs. Q

              While I’m sure your attempt to goad me into explaining myself to you has some merit, I’m not. I know what I know about Common Core & can probably guarantee I’ve read much more, on both sides than you’ll ever know.

              • Mrs. Q wrote, “I know what I know about Common Core & can probably guarantee I’ve read much more, on both sides than you’ll ever know.”

                There’s that nonsense “trust me” crap from another commenter.

                Mrs. Q,
                What the hell does Common Core have to do with Jack’s comment that you replied to?

                If you can’t do any better than a four word reply to Jack’s comment with absolutely nothing to back it up and then you spit out a forty-one word “trust me” rationalization to your previous four word reply and still offer nothing to support your “common core” claim, then I think you’re just an idiot. You probably think common core is the root of all evil, am I right?

                I really don’t mind being proven wrong, when I’m actually wrong; so give it your best shot Mrs. Q.

                • Mrs. Q

                  Sorry Zoltar that I don’t measure up to your standards on commenting. Please forgive me.

                  • Mrs. Q wrote, “Sorry Zoltar that I don’t measure up to your standards on commenting. Please forgive me.”

                    Sorry Mrs. Q, but you’re not measuring up to anyone’s standard of intelligent commenting around here, you’re just acting like is troll.

                    I’d really like for you to prove me wrong so I can be knocked off my high horse, force me to swallow my pride, and have me publicly eat a full serving of crow.

                    I’m waiting Mrs. Q…………..

                    • Mrs. Q

                      Ok you win. I’m a total troll. Have a great day.

                    • Wow. YOU caved fast! Gotta be a little more resilient here.
                      Tip: if you say someone’s comment is weak, say why.

                    • Mrs. Q

                      I don’t live my life according to blog comment norms. I live by my own ethics & guidelines & if someone wants more out of me in this medium, that’s their problem.

                      What you/Chris/Zoltar may perceive as weakness is none of my concern. As Dalton in Roadhouse would say: Opinions vary.

            • Chris wrote, “You don’t know what Common Core is.”

              Chris,
              You’re argument is no better than Mrs. Q’s.

      • crella

        Too damned many. I don’t know if anything can be done.

      • Wayne

        Nitwits are legion unfortunately.

    • Or someone who doesn’t understand we are in competition with Russia and that all the nuanced maneuvers you see in any particular locale actually is just a tiny part of a multination-in-scope jockeying of positions between Russia and US-led containment of Russia.

      How Russia has reacted to us in Syria due to this strike is just one more subtle move in tensions related to Ukraine, the Baltic States, Turkey, Syria and even the Pacific.

      Mahan’s predictions in the late 1800s are still proving true. Lucky for us, Russia is facing an imminent demographic collapse in about 20 years. But not so lucky since the rising Enemy is inside a demographic explosion.

  6. For what it’s worth, I’ve got complex issues with the Syria airstrike. It’s both proper and improper…

    • I’ll elucidate at some point.

    • Such actions always involve complex trade-offs. This is why Obama or Carter would have dithered over it for weeks. One virtue of the call was that it was made quickly and decisively. Ultimately, how leadership takes action is as important was what the action is. Maybe moreso.

      For me, all doubts were erased by Rand Paul’s opposition. If the family that thought we should have stayed out of WWII says its wrong, that’s good enough for me!

      • Glenn Logan

        For me, all doubts were erased by Rand Paul’s opposition. If the family that thought we should have stayed out of WWII says its wrong, that’s good enough for me!

        Heh. Hard to argue with that.

        Well, to be fair, Paul’s objections are useful in that they point out the debatable concept of using force without consulting congress. That should always be on the lips of anyone talking about uses of force like this.

        Having said that, I think Trump’s use of force was well within the standards of justification that have been in play since at least the Reagan administration and probably even before that. But a reminder of the limitations of presidential authorizations of force is always desirable.

        • The problem is that the Constitutional formula was created before missiles, airstrikes and modern warfare. Having Congress consider a quick attack like this is a contradiction in terms.

          • joed68

            Very good point. We’re not trying to finance and assemble an armada of canvas-rigged vessels.The quick and decisive nature of this response was definitely called for, considering that chemical weapons were used, even if the intel confirmation on who actually used the weapons wasn’t 100% reliable. They were used on his soil, and he’s used them before. This message had to be sent, loud and clear.

            • joed68

              Not to mention, he’s been using chlorine gas pretty regularly over the last few years. It’s not as easy to get a toxic yield from it as Sarin, but death from it is just as bad.

          • Glenn Logan

            True, this isn’t any definition of “war” I’m familiar with, although it is surely an act of war.

            And there’s no real problem with always keeping an eye on the executive’s actions in the light of Article I.

  7. iiTime

    I’m thinking the Trump Administration advised both Russia and Syria of the coming air strike. The airbase is destroyed while casualties are avoided and the “no chemical weapons” message is delivered.

    • Glenn Logan

      It would’ve been unnecessary for the US to warn Syria. Russia doubtless notified them as soon as they were advised. Trump would’ve needed to give Russia time to ensure their folks were out of the way, and that would’ve given Russia plenty of time to warn Syria as well.

  8. dragin_dragon

    First of all, let me point out that we have no evidence that Russia was complicit with the Sarin attack (Sarin, by the way, can be constructed quickly and easily…not to mention inexpensively and no, I will NOT post directions to make this stuff). Thus, we must assume that the Russian personnel on that base had nothing to do with it. Thus, the warning. The U.S. is NOT in business to punish innocent parties.

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