“A good week for President Trump”

A blog post by Scott Adams claims it has been a good week for President Trump, that he doubts that any president has had a better start, and that Trump was establishing himself as a strong leader on international issues.

This has been a good week for President Trump. So far, we have seen:

  1. Sean Spicer (accidentally?) caused the opposition media to argue that Hitler analogies are ridiculous.
  2. The Syrian attack established Trump as a measured and decisive leader. His popularity will rise. Even many of his critics supported the attack.
  3. Trump solved for the “puppet of Putin” allegation by attacking its client state, Syria.
  4. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee succeeded, albeit the hard way.
  5. The healthcare issue is moving forward after the initial trial-balloon that was more of a negotiating step than a real proposal.
  6. Tax reform is now on hold for healthcare reform, but no one thinks that is a bad way to go. The savings on healthcare are part of any budget and tax plan.
  7. Relations with China look good. Trump and Xi had good chemistry.
  8. China is putting the pressure on North Korea like never before.
  9. The economy is good, and optimism is high, in part thanks to Trump. (Mostly the optimism part.)
  10. Iran is probably a bit more flexible this week after watching the Syrian attack.
  11. News coverage had already mostly evolved from “Trump is Hitler”  to “Trump is incompetent.” The Syrian attack and the North Korean situation moved Trump to “Effective, but some of us don’t like what he is doing” I wasn’t expecting that to happen before the end of the year.

You can tell me other presidents have had better starts. But I doubt that is the case. Keep in mind that Trump started in the deepest hole of any president, ever. He’s already halfway out of the hole and establishing himself as a strong leader on international issues.

The North Korea Reframe

There’s no doubt the last week or so has been eventful for President and Trump on international issues.

Time will tell whether Trump’s military and diplomatic actions will turn out to be successful or not.

 

63 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  April 15, 2017

    But spending $1000000 per person killed with fancy weapons could bankrupt you…just saying

    • Brown

       /  April 15, 2017

      So you’d be happy if they killed more people as pointless collateral damage to improve the cost benefit ratio?

    • Corky

       /  April 15, 2017

      Say less..learn more, Lurchy. Trump said he would make America great again, and by the sacred tooth of Jefferson that’s what he’s doing. These people being killed at 1mii per kill, have never before had so much money spent on them. Unfortunately they wont be around to enjoy it.

      • lurcher1948

         /  April 15, 2017

        Got to watch those defence dollars,just saying

    • David

       /  April 15, 2017

      $ per dead body was how Robert McNamara tried to run the Vietnam war. It is not effective, or even useful.

      It terms of strategic goals, the Syria strike was a bargain.

      • It’s too to to tell whether it was a good move strategically.

        It seems to have switched the US to a harder line on regime change, even though they are sort of supporting the current regime.

        Assad is obviously not keen on regime change and neither is Russia, who has propped up Assad’s regime throughout the civil war.

        And now both Assad and Russia are claiming the chemical attack that the US used to justify the missile attack was fabricated.

        The US escalation of military involvement just made Syria more messy, if that were possible. It may lead to resolving some of the issues, but it is more likely to make things harder to resolve given that the US and Russia now seem very opposed apart from wanting rid of ISIS.

        • David

           /  April 15, 2017

          Personally, I believe there is no US interest in Syria at all, leave it to the Russians & Assad, and on the chemical weapons, there is no nice way to die.

          Regardless,I did not make any judgement on it being good or not, simply that it was a lot of bang for buck. It resounded far past Syria, and hit targets in North Korea, China, Russia, the US media, and the DNC.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  April 15, 2017

            I believe Russia’s only strategic interest in Syria lies with a naval base on the shores of the med. Trump may be looking for a similar location as turkey begins to unravel. Is it beyond the realms for USA and Russia to be neighbours in a partitioned reconstructed Syria. The world will change rapidly over the next few years so I wouldn’t dismiss any scenario

            • David

               /  April 15, 2017

              The US don’t need to a naval base in Syria. They are far better equipped to operate without it than the Russians, and they can use la spezia. If they needed something close to Turkey, Greece is so broke they wold rent them anything they needed.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 15, 2017

              “Greece is so broke they wold rent them anything they needed”. Love it!

        • David

           /  April 15, 2017

          “And now both Assad and Russia are claiming the chemical attack that the US used to justify the missile attack was fabricated.”

          Very possible, but it doesn’t really matter.

    • Kevin

       /  April 15, 2017

      Think of all those people who were considering joining ISIS but are now reconsidering their options …

      • Or those who are now considering joining?

        • Kevin

           /  April 15, 2017

          Islamists respect strength. As Sun Tzu said, wars are won before they are even fought.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  April 15, 2017

            Primitive feudal societies respect strength Kevin, islamist or not. This is characteristic of the Arab world

          • That may have been true two and a half thousand years ago but the nature of wars has changed markedly.

            WW1 and WW2 could have gone either way quite easily.

            How was Vietnam won before it started?

            “Nuclear wars are lost before they are even fought.”

            • David

               /  April 15, 2017

              WW1 and WW2 were both decided when the US entered the conflicts.

              Vietnam was won before it started, the US choose to lose it later. HR Mcmaster documented that very well indeed.

            • Kevin

               /  April 15, 2017

              The Vietcong were losing the war at the rate of 100 soldiers for every one US soldier. It was opinion against the war back in the US why the US lost.

            • Opinion against the war in the US grew as tv coverage of the war became more graphic and compelling and when an increasing number of US soldiers either didn’t return or returned seriously damaged, mentally and physically.

              None of that was decided before the war.

            • Gezza

               /  April 15, 2017

              “The Vietcong were losing the war at the rate of 100 soldiers for every one US soldier. It was opinion against the war back in the US why the US lost.”

              It was betting on that how the North Vietnamese won.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 15, 2017

              How many US citizens and allies has Trump signed off the death warrants for in Syria ? I have lost count.

            • David

               /  April 15, 2017

              “How many US citizens and allies has Trump signed off the death warrants for in Syria ? I have lost count.”

              Did you lose count at zero then? Exactly how many US citizens have died in Syria to date?

            • Kevin

               /  April 15, 2017

              @pete

              But what was (or should have been) decided was how the war was going to be fought. If the US had begun with clear objectives, a sound strategy on how those objectives were going to be achieved, and a tight timeframe, then the outcome would likely have been much different.

            • There’s been no sign of that in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria.
              North Korea is also a big question mark too, especially with China right on the border.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 15, 2017

              There were some in the January bombing-like the 8 year old girl.

  2. Oh look… interest blog post…

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  April 15, 2017

    You can read individual Scott Adam’s blog posts and write them off as twisting a narrative to fit his view.
    But if you look back over 2 years, he was predicting the things that are happening now with Trump with great accuracy.
    It will be interesting if things keep evolving as he says they will with the Trump “reframing” agenda.

    • “predicting the things that are happening now with Trump with great accuracy.”

      I call bull on that. About the only thing predictable about Trump has been his unpredictability.

      If you can show me that Adams predicted all of Trump’s u-turns with accuracy then I’ll be impressed.

      • Pete – have you been through the blog posts by Adams?

        No one is claiming complete accuracy around Trump for Adams at all, rather an approach to analysing the messaging and approach which the mainstream media have not used which has been a bit better at explaining goals and behaviour.

        Adams was quite good at unveiling why Trump was successful in the campaign- to the point of calling his election win – and has explained his approach quite well including how Trump is shifting the framing of issues.

        No one needs to show you Pete – the naysayer needs to offer some proof a claim is wrong just as much as the claimant needs to prove their case…

        • If someone claims “predicting the things that are happening now with Trump with great accuracy” I expect them to at least try to prove their case. If anyone can go back through what Adams has posted over the past two years and substantiate that I’ll post on it.

          “Adams was quite good at unveiling why Trump was successful in the campaign” is a somewhat different claim, I have seen quite a few people getting some things right – and a lot of people getting a lot wrong.

          The election could easily have gone the other way. The James Comey intervention may have been pivotal, and I don’t think anyone predicted that coming.

          Trump himself looked like he had given up on succeeding prior to that.

          It’s easy to cherry pick things in retrospect.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  April 15, 2017

            “The election could easily have gone the other way”.

            Easy to say in hindsight but riddle me this. How come almost everyone, including yourself, had written his chances off at the 11th hour?

          • Ah no – HFD has said here is a sequence of posts predicting with great accuracy.

            You have claimed Bull on that and now launched in to a “you have to provide proof” it picks all Trumps twists and turns to be taken seriously line.

            A nice attack/diversion from the tenor of what HFD said – HFD never claimed complete accuracy he said high accuracy, which is not the same as your “show me that Adams predicted all of Trump’s u-turns with accuracy ” attempt at setting the standard and the frame of the discussion. Your “all” is a classic if its not all 100 percent right its not right at all dismissal technique….

            Classic debating technique Pete – bravo.

            Have you actually read a number of Adams posts or you just scanned one or two and are showing your anti Trump viewpoint? [thats a deliberate needle Pete as you posts are quite needling as well]

            No one can predict what Trump will do all the time, but Adams puts up some lens for viewing his behaviour which is quite enlightening…and explains some of what he is doing as long game and talking past those who would be the agenda setters directly to his base.

            As for the Comey thing – yeah thats right. What the FBI director did really influenced the hard pressed blue collar vote base in the rust belt states who turned this election.

            It had nothing to do with the Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and be proud of being an American rhetoric Trump used on the stump in those states – Trump mimicing Reagan in his appeal to the Blue Collar Republicans that won Ronnie the White House as well.. It nothing to do with the fact Hillary was a shit candidate who was incredible popular in NY State and California and pretty much loathed in large swathes of the rest of the US.

            Comey was the villian! I call bull on that…

            We are displaying classic Adams “different movies” behaviour Pete – nothing I type will convince you that Adams may have actually got it mostly right and sees the game plan….

    • He has been pretty good at calling Trump – not 100% accurate but he has placed a lens over Trumps behaviour which allows Adams to show their is some method. Some may say Bull, but i wonder if they have read the sequence of blogs and viewed the videos before making that claim?

      • David

         /  April 15, 2017

        His predictions have been consistently good, with some plausible reasoning. The people who can’t see this are those in denial about how smart Trump is.

        • There’s undoubtedly been some serious smarts behind the Trump campaign, there had to be for him to get nominated let alone elected.

          One of the problems the Trump White House has struggled is it is very different running the presidency that campaigning for it.

          I’d prefer to look at what Adams is saying now.

          “Sean Spicer (accidentally?) caused the opposition media to argue that Hitler analogies are ridiculous.”

          Spicer seriously embarrassed himself so that’s not an astute comment at all.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  April 15, 2017

            And yet it still served a purpose in making the Hitler comparisons that have been made against Trump look silly.
            The reframing on Korea is probably more impressive though.
            And despite you writing in a previous US Discussions post that he “lost” on healthcare, I have read he is now turning the screws and healthcare reform is back on the table. The Ryan failure was a much needed catalyst to enable a reasoned discussion.

            • No, it made Spicer and the White House look really silly.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  April 15, 2017

              Well it seemed to be Spicer alone who took the fall for it. And while it made him look a bit silly it still served its purpose.

          • Gezza

             /  April 15, 2017

            Sean Spicer may actually be quite unlikely to be replaced anytime soon. Gone are the slick weasel worders like Josh Earnest. Now we have this incredibly likeable human being who stuffs things up sometimes but means well. There is something endearing about a loyal little guy who believes in the boss, comes out every day to explain what he or Trumpy really meant or why Trump has done something big, expecting to get a kicking, & runs away into the wings when he’s had enough. Mums want to mother him & Dads want to protect him. Also, he distracts the msm, as already noted by several sharp analysts.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 15, 2017

              An interesting perspective G. From an automaton with a pair of moving lips to a fall guy …and someone you’d like to have a beer with. And let’s face it, the job’s a hospital pass regardless who is doing it given Trumps propensity to change the message according to the negotiating stage he’s in

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 15, 2017

              He’s probably stuffed with Valium up to the eyeballs by now, as Trump drops him in it day after day. But nobody’s forcing him to do the job, he could give Trump the finger and tell him that he’s tired of being a catspaw. My stepfather used to say ‘You can always sack the boss.’ and if SS hasn’t ‘sacked the boss’, it’s because it’s working for him on some level. What could Trump do if SS farted in his eye and told him to put his job where the sergeant put the pudding ? Sack him ? He’s just said that he’s going anyway.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  April 15, 2017

              Good summary G. I would say he was very carefully picked to soften the Trump message and he gets a lot of leeway for his likable demeanor.
              He makes mistakes for sure, but seems a genuinely good guy.

          • David

             /  April 15, 2017

            “Spicer seriously embarrassed himself so that’s not an astute comment at all.”

            The point is that it was there to be taken advantage of, and he did.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 15, 2017

            Trump is working on corralling Congress which contains a lot of people who fought against his election in both parties. He seems to be making progress on that.

            The Democrats/MSM are basically one and the same and are working full time to discredit the Trump administration in any and every way they can. So they nitpick and misinterpret every possibility and publish every critic. The public will come to recognise and tire of it all before much longer.

            Spicer is at the frontline of the disinformation attacks. I hope he is being well paid.

  4. Gezza

     /  April 15, 2017

    Aljaz tv’s
    Dareen Abughaida

    said last night the Afghani authorities had reported there were no civilian casualties when the MC-130 dropped “The Mother”. Afghanistan’s defence ministry says it wiped out ISIL tunnels, killed 36 ISIL fighters, and did not cause any civilian deaths.

    • Gezza

       /  April 15, 2017

      ISIS tv

      had no immediate comment as her husband said she couldn’t say anything.

    • Gezza

       /  April 15, 2017

      Aljaz tv’s Whitney Hurst gives more details of the strike, including comment from Gen John W Nicholson, Commander, US forces in Afghanistan explaining that this was the right weapon to use. 2:08 min

      • Gezza

         /  April 15, 2017

        RAF & Tallboy still gets my vote. 3.00 min.

    • Zedd

       /  April 15, 2017

      @ Gz

      another ‘AJ babe’ pic.. Dareen A 🙂

  5. Nick Gibbs

     /  April 15, 2017

    This post is so lame.
    “Iran will be more flexible this week”.lol and they’ll be more obstructive next week. “Business confidence is up” It was under Obama and is still up because Trump can’t coral Congress and pass significant legislation – which means more of the same so up goes business optimism.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 15, 2017
    • Conspiratoor

       /  April 15, 2017

      Can we take these body counts seriously Al. This bomb creates a hole 300m wide by 20m deep. Anyone under it is going to be gas at the moment of impact. Do you think they took a roll call at brekky and it came fluttering out of the sky a couple of days later?

      • Gezza

         /  April 15, 2017

        Islamic State issued a statement through its propaganda agency Amaq, saying: “Security source to Amaq agency denies any dead or wounded from yesterday’s American strike in Nangarhar using a GBU-43/B.”

        Apparently ISIS queries these figures too. It might be that they don’t consider *vaporised* as dead or wounded though.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  April 15, 2017

          Who knows G? Perhaps it is all a load of BS, and a bomb was never dropped….

          • Gezza

             /  April 15, 2017

            Probably was. Dumped old stock maybe?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  April 15, 2017

              Who knows. I didn’t witness it. Did you?

            • Gezza

               /  April 15, 2017

              No but those Afghani dudes on the telly reckoned it nearly devalued their houses completely.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  April 15, 2017

              Great to live here, isn’t it?

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2017

              Sure is, for most of us, in most places.