Not so long ago, before Trump Derangement Syndrome struck the country, 9/11 and Sand Hook "Truthers" were dismissed as wild-eyed, tinfoil-hat-wearing loonies. Now, we have the ranking member of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Committee concocting a similar conspiracy theory, yet he remains free on the grounds of the Capitol.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) accused the Trump White House of coordinating with the Russians and Syrians to stage the missile strikes against chemical weapons facilities. Menendez made the comments during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” on Wednesday.
After Hayes asked Menendez if he approved of the airstrikes, Menendez replied:
“At the end of the day, I don’t know if this was carefully choreographed,” Menendez speculated. “Because you have a strike against three facilities, the Russians don’t activate their defense missiles against us, the Syrians shoot their missiles after our missiles land. And you wonder, wait a minute, was this a choreographed kabuki show? What’s really missing here is a strategy to end the disaster that is Syria.”
Menendez is the ranking member on the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.
When Hayes asked if Menendez was suggesting the existence of a “backchannel to actually coordinate with either Russia or the Assad regime,” Menendez doubled down:
“Well, I certainly have to wonder. The Russians have a very sophisticated defense system, that they did not activate. The Syrians shot missiles after our missiles landed. And the Russians were not hit at all in any of those chemical weapons sites. It’s just too many questions that raise the concerns: Did we act and show our indignation, but was it choreographed? At least were the Russians told, ‘Stay out of these sections, and by the way, don’t challenge us. And if you don’t challenge us, then everything will go as planned’?”
Menendez, widely acknowledged (here, at least) as the most corrupt Senator in Washington, was recently acquitted by a jury of fellow New Jerseyians on charges of bribery; the gifts of underaged teenage hookers and wild Caribbean island weekends with those girls were just that: "gifts" from a good friend, and in no way intended to procure the co-incidentally-introduced legislation to benefit that friend. Even the defense didn't pretend that the girls and the weekends never happened; they just said it was all about the friendship of two #MeToo pals, rater than anything having to do with political favors.
Interesting that Menendez can express such faith in coincidence in his own dealings, yet be so suspicious of the actions of his political enemies.