Flash Poll: Trump's Syrian Airstrikes

We saw the strikes happen last night and woke up this morning to various social media reactions -- everything across the spectrum of:

  • This is what Obama should have done when he called the "red line" and Trump is a hero of deterrence / justice / good
  • We are entering World War III
  • This is a distraction in order to do $POLICY

So: time for a quick flash poll. Keep it brief as comment sections are no place to actually convince anyone to change their minds:

  1. What do you think is Trump's (and perhaps Mattiss's) true agenda in the airstrike?
  2. What do you think they plan to do next?
  3. What do you think are the likely military consequences?
  4. How does this compare to, say, the 1986 bombing in Libya?

Why Are We Doing This?

In part to have a record of people's immediate reactions, to see how it compares to general consensus weeks and months after the fact.

In part we are framing the questions specifically to pull people a little past their immediate emotional reactions.


Erik Fogg

We do politics, but we don't do the thinking for you.