Playing to a base that equates Christianity not with humble morality but with power and cultural purity, Trump performed Mephistophelean maneuvers to harden opposition to abortion and gun control.
The attack on Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter is highly useful to those who want to vilify Vladimir Putin, just as the use of chemical weapons in Syria last April was useful for those wanting to further vilify Bashar Assad and justify a U.S. missile strike.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent on March 4 on a park bench in Salisbury, England. Skripal had been a Russian double agent, a spy who turned over 300 names of Russian spies to British intelligence from 1995 to 2004. He was (not so surprisingly) arrested in Russia in 2004 and sentenced to thirteen years