Many Trump supporters including us expressed our dismay over Trump’s decision to bomb Syria last month after a chemical weapons attack in Syria was blamed on the Assad regime. Trump’s sudden U-turn from his long-held position on non-intervention in Syria had many of us grasping for an explanation. Many of us feared that the neoconservatives had finally got to him, his liberal daughter Ivanka and son in law Jared Kushner may have unduly influenced him, all the media’s accusations that he was a Russian agent had resulted him launching these strikes to show he was not afraid of upsetting Russia.
However some Trump supporters told us not to take the black pill and that Trump was just playing 5D chess. What does that mean? 5D chess, or as it was previously known as 4D chess, is described as advanced political strategy Trump uses to manipulate the news media to his advantage. It was claimed the Trump launched the strike on Syria because the Russian agent narrative was becoming too politically damaging for him in the United States. They point to the fact that the strikes had a low death toll, only a small section of the base was bombed, and both Syria and Russia had been warned in advance so they could avoid their militaries being caught in the strike.
What followed the strike was praise being lavished on Trump from the normally hostile mainstream media. Diplomatic repercussions followed with Russia declaring the strike a violation of international law. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could play no further role in the country’s future. Following a meeting Tillerson had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump declared that US relations with Russia had reached “an all-time low”. Following a meeting with the foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran they declared there would be serious repercussions if the US took further action.
The fact that all these events transpired in a week sent alarm bells off for many of us. Some thought the war with Russia we thought we had avoided by Trump being elected would still take place, just occurring later than it would have if Hillary Clinton had won. We hoped the 5D chess theory was true but thought it extremely implausible and thought that some Trump supporters were clinging to an irrational explanation. The scepticism was also due to the fact that so many politicians before Trump had done the same U-turn on foreign policy that we thought Trump was just the same as them.
Well now a month has passed and the Trump Administration has taken no further action with regard to Syria. In fact this week Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak at the White House and described his discussion with Lavrov as “very, very good.” A statement released by Trump after the meeting spoke about the need for the US and Russia to work together to end the violence in Syria and Ukraine and reaffirmed his commitment to have better relations with Moscow.
This positive meeting was almost as if the Syrian airstrikes had never happened. This now has many of us who were disappointed by Trump’s previous actions asking the question, was he playing 5D chess after all? If he is then it shows that contrary to the mainstream media stereotype Trump is taking the role of President very seriously and that his policy decisions are all carefully considered and part of an overall strategy.
However, it seems the diversion the Syrian air strikes had created for the Trump-Russia media narrative has now evaporated. The media are now back on Trump’s case about Russia and have used the firing of FBI Director James Comey as evidence that Trump is trying to cover up collusion between his campaign and Russia to influence the election outcome. The media were unlikely to give Trump a break for long and now they are back to full on attack mode.
Comey’s firing most likely has more to do with the soap opera he created over his on/off investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server which had turned the FBI into somewhat of a circus. Trump promised to drain the swamp, Comey was part of it so he is gone. The President is within his power to dismiss an FBI Director, that does not make him a dictator. If the media, the Democrats and RINOs want to investigation into so called collusion for which there is no hard evidence (meetings with people from Russia don’t prove anything) then Congress still can proceed with a Congressional investigation.
It would seem that Trump has got back much of the support he lost over the Syria airstrikes, it is also not out of the question that he listened to the outcry from his most loyal supporters and that influenced him to take no further action in Syria. But if he is playing 5D chess then it would appear he needs to make another decisive move. His enemies still have the power to tear him down, but of course Trump has defeated them every step of the way. We now know that Trump didn’t abandon his principles, however implementing them is a complex task but Trump has so far proven he has the mindset and strategy to do it.