Very Serious Person Fareed Zakaria:
When Alisyn Camerota asked him, “What changed last night?” Zakaria responded that Trump “became President of the United States.”
“I think this was actually a big moment because Candidate Trump had said that he would never get involved in the Syrian civil war,” Zakaria said. “He told President [Barack] Obama, ‘You cannot do this without the authorization of Congress.’ He seemed unconcerned with global norms. President Trump recognized that the President of the United States does have to act to enforce international norms, does have to have this broader moral and political purpose.”
That is high praise from Zakaria, who previously said that Trump has succeeded “by bullshitting.”
The comment was also noteworthy since Zakaria’s CNN colleague Van Jones used very similar language to describe Trump in February, saying he “became president” when he used a widely-publicized speech to honor the wife of a fallen Navy SEAL.
I have no opinion on whether bombing Syria was the right thing to do, but I do know that if it was, the fact that Trump did so was literally an almost completely random outcome: Ivanka or Jared or someone else showed him a picture of some gassed children, and he did a 180 on US involvement in the Syrian civil war.
As for Zakaria, it’s disgusting how elite media types become (metaphorically I pray) passionately aroused by the sight of a president killing people. Again: I don’t know whether the latest Syrian intervention is good, wise, moral, prudent etc. I do know that the kind of barely latent power-worship that gets triggered by unilateral military action by the Commander in Chief is none of those things.