I’ll have a more serious post on this soon enough, but for now, reactions from some of the more important and interesting players.
Although they are present, the “anti-globalist” crowd – Steve Bannon and his allies, Stephen Miller and Michael Anton – are relegated to the back, while the likes of Jared Kushner occupy a much more central position. (Isn’t Kremlinology fun?)
This might be relevant since even the NYT has painted this as a battle between Kushner and Bannon, which the former won.
Conveniently summarized in this NYT map.
Russia’s, Syria’s, and Iran’s responses have been tough, while the Western Europeans, Turkey, the Gulf states, Israel, Justin Trudeau, and Ukraine fell in in behind Trump. All of this is predictable.
The strike appears to have been ordered at around the same time that Trump was meeting with Xi Jinping, which would make it a remarkably barefaced power play. Now I know that China is Russia’s friend only by convenience (and vice versa), but still, the lack of a condemnation is rather surprising even by China’s usually milquetoast standards. I would note that even the usually combatatitive Global Times has stayed neutralish.
Needless to say, the neocons were overjoyed at the return of the prodigal son:
As neocons-in-all-but-name, so of course were the neoliberal interventionists, with one “innovation” – led by Hillary Clinton herself, they are explicitly tying their support for Trump’s “invade” agenda with the eternal flip side of that coin, “invite.”
Whether or not this constitutes a true “zrada,” or betrayal, on Trump’s part, I am afraid he has opened a Pandora’s box that will not be closed anytime soon. For instance, bigwig CNN journalist was already posing the question to Ivanka:
The journalists have fallen in line:
That said, for the most diehard proponents of the ROG conspiracy, such as Louise Mensch, this was just one more ploy by Putler’s puppet to get her off the Russia trail:
Jeffrey Goldberg and Julia Ioffe:
More principled libertarian and nationalist politicians such as Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Nigel Farage, and Marine Le Pen expressed reservations.
Tweets of Note
Sentiment here ranges from deep unease to outright disavowal.
The biggest critic of Donald Trump’s decision was Donald Trump himself, t minus 4 years.
Ann Coulter’s defection – possibly the most influential figure in the Alt Light-sphere – has been particularly striking:
Richard Spencer, who has long been relatively skeptical on Trump, minced no words:
Paul Joseph Watson has thrown in his MAGA hat:
To be sure, some people such as Mike Cernovich had a 4d chess hypothesis ready to go:
Partisangirl was more skeptical:
The zrada was strong with Hunter Wallace:
And with Peter Brimelow, or whoever runs the VDARE account:
The arcanest of the arcane, Runglish #frogtwitter:
As for myself, I think its time to transition from frogs to Baathism:
Though TBF it was always inevitable: