Opinion – In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – Editorial – NYT

Here’s an outstanding, must-read editorial from the NYT, highlighting how Trump has contributed to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Trump’s simplistic knee-jerk tweets highlight that he’s a weak president with a big ego. US foreign policy is confused. With ‘America First’, is the US abandoning its role as the world’s policeman and defendor of freedom? Firstly in Iraq and then by attacking ISIS, the US missed the strategic objectives. On Trump’s watch, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia’s are testing Trump’s resolve. History has shown us, time and time again, that US bombing is not enough. Surely, it’s time for the US Congress to demand a strategic approach to foreign policy that is in harness with America’s major allies? Thoughts?

Opinion – Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – The Guardian/Observer

Here’s a historic, must-read, lead story in today’s Guardian/Observer. Whilst I accept the evidence presented, the implication is that 50 million Americans were duped into voting for Trump and a similar proportion of Brits were tricked on Brexit. I have also read the Observer’s editorial that picks up the thread and am deeply suspicious by the absence of hard evidence – it’s not enough for a journalist to write, ‘I’ve seen the evidence’. All the evidence must be in the public’s view or their proxy. To me, the editorial reads an anti-Facebook rant by a bunch of  champagne socialists. Should we expect the next edition to introduce the Russians as the true master-minds – a sensational story (without evidence), just as Putin wins the Russian election?