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“Okay, what are we trying to capture here?” “Consciousness.”

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The bar for the stupidest president ever is fast approaching the center of the planet.

Amid distraction and dysfunction, Trump looked and acted like a traditional commander-in-chief last night, announcing a punitive missile strike on Syria that was quite constrained, and was backed by two top U.S. allies.

He didn’t dry hump the podium, or get down on all fours and howl Blooooooooooooooooood!! Let’s give him a hand!

Perhaps his most consequential line: “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

Unless Putin tells him to cut it out.

Related: I wonder if someone put Mr. Taibbi in a darkened room and administered cold compresses after he wrote this nuclear take.

So to recap: the most terminally insecure president ever sits in the White House, advised by one of the most war-crazy hacks in the history of federal service, at the outset of a fully avoidable proxy war with an enemy that possesses thousands of lethal thermonuclear warheads aimed directly at us.

Bear in mind that virtually any exchange of nuclear missiles between these two countries would mean the absolute end of civilization. We could all, right now, be minutes away from the end of everything, especially given who holds the respective buttons.

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