Admittedly, watching liberals who cried over the war in the Middle East just a decade ago, cry now that President Donald J. Trump has taken steps to end the same war has been amusing.
But Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah has gone full conspiracy theorist, claiming that Trump orchestrated the troop withdrawal from Syria with Russian president Vladimir Putin more than two years ago, before Trump was elected president.
“Was this part of your deal with Putin to help you win the 2016 election?” Obeidallah Tweeted in response to Trump’s announcement that he would be withdrawing troops from Syria.
After two years of investigation, there is still zero evidence that the Kremlin had anything to do with Trump’s election. But that is the narrative that the conspiracy loons in the mainstream press have chosen, and they are sticking with it.
“Message heard by your comrades in Moscow. Does this mean by pulling out troops as Putin wants you can finally build Trump Tower Moscow?” Obeidallah sad in another Tweet.
Obeidallah and Daily Beast are playing the “willful ignorance” card here, ignoring the fact that two things can be true at once: Removing troops from Syria can be good for the war-weary American people, and also good geopolitically for Russia. Benefit on behalf of both parties does not suggest an agreement – or a conspiracy.
But the Russian hoaxers are happy to take this decision at face value, attempting to turn it into proof of their insane “collusion” theory. Perhaps we are old fashioned at Big League Politics, but we are waiting for tangible evidence of some sort of crime before we indict Trump the alleged crime. Daily Beast, on the other hand, apparently does not have such stringent guidelines.
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