Cui Bono?

The classical Roman intellectual, Cicero, credited Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla with establishing the measurement of Cui bono? That is, ‘who benefits.’

U.S. Lt. General Michael Flynn

Ambushed? Weird, the judge in the case asked that question and Flynn’s own lawyers said no on December 18, 2018 (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-wishes-flynn-good-luck-ahead-sentencing/story?id=59881667). Who benefits by continuing the argument and perpetuating the belief that Flynn was ambushed?

American politics has become a real-world charade, inspired by Richard Condon’s 1959  Manchurian Candidate.

Syria

Donald J. Trump ‏| @realDonaldTrump  | December 19, 2018

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”

Only, we haven’t. James Stavridis: “We put out the active flames, but you still see smoldering little piles all around. You don’t just turn around and walk away from it because you know it’ll reflash. It’ll start up again. It’s a big mistake to walk away” (https://www.npr.org/2018/12/20/678577663/trump-says-isis-is-defeated-so-u-s-troops-will-leave-syria). Who benefits by continuing the argument and perpetuating the belief that ISIS had not been defeated?

Lindsey Graham, who has been described as one of Trump’s closest supporters in the US Senate said, “ I have not found one person, national security-wise, who believes it’s a good idea to remove the 2,200 troops, which was a small footprint, that was a bulwark against Iran expansion and insurance policy against the rise of ISIS. There was a widespread belief that ISIS has not been defeated. They’ve been hurt.”

Mattis, in fact, has resigned over this decision (https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/politics/donald-trump-jim-mattis-resignation/index.html)

Whatismore, Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin has gone on the record as saying “The fact that the US has decided to withdraw its troops is right” (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/syria-putin-welcomes-trump-decision-pull-troops-181220113100797.html)

The Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad welcomed the decision by Donald Trump

US ally France, with troops in northern Syria, was blindsided by the decision, disagrees that ISIS is defeated, and promises to stay (https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/france-says-troops-to-remain-in-syria-isis-not-defeated-1.6765709)

The decision, however, was praised by Turkey https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-syria-troop-pullout-islamic-state-russia-turkey-iran/29666375.html

In fact, the announcement was criticized by not only France but also Britain and Germany, who have all released statements saying that much remains to be done in Syria.

Doesn’t this sound as familiar as it sounds strange? France, Germany and the UK wrong, Turkey, Russia, and Syria right?

Republicans Lindsey Graham and the current US Secretary of Defense say wrong, but Trump says right?

Cui bono?

Afghanistan

And, the latest news? Today, Trump has announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan as well.

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