Trump desperately needed something to boost his image in the face of his steeply declining approval ratings, and the failures of his executive orders and legislative attempts.
I started to be suspicious this was like fake scripted reality TV when the number of bombs was announced, 59 missiles at the cost of more than $70 million a piece, the taxpayers money used for political stunt theater.
It was more obvious as it became clear the Russians knew in advance, and therefore the Syrians knew too, as reports showed personnel and important equipment was evacuated well ahead of the attack. And there was even less question this was political theater after the post bombing photos showed minimal damage, with in particular both runways remaining intact.
How do you rain down 59 Tomahawk missiles loaded with that much explosives and do such minimal damage, including leaving functional runways if this was a real, serious attack?
This stinks to high heaven.
I have no faith Trump gives a gold plated damn about suffering or dying children. He didn't care about civilian losses, including children, dead from drone attacks or the special forces attack in Yemen.
Trump, or more probably Putin (the better thinker of the pair) desperately needed to at least give the appearance of distance from Putin. Putin suffered no losses, the manipulator still has his hand up puppet Trump's ass. The probable collusion and probable blackmail hasn't gone away.
But for too many, the easily distracted, the shallow thinkers, the distraction, the change of narrative, was successful.
Just substitute "squirrel" for distracting a dog, or 'noisy' for 'shiny' for distracting the shallow, uncritical thinkers.
Be smarter than to accept that facile manipulation.