Now I know why I used to say that, and what it hid.
this wilted rose
recalls you; its petals crumble at the slightest
*”The (‘hypothetical’) smallest unit of memory”, see mnemonic, which is still in fairly common usage.
I had to start on the tiny ones. Soon, MachMag, soon.
I love the dispassionate method of this reporter, incidentally. I’m just hoping that he (Trump) doesn’t realize a war is the answer*. The question then is how rationally it’s proposed, how rational it is, and how prepared the military is to obey without question, even to the point of national suicide. Several countries have stepped up military readiness against the US (even Putin!) since his advent and increasingly…puzzling…behavior.
It (Trump’s behavior) is irrational enough that it will erode any rational system. I have confidence enough in his ability that I think he can do so beyond repair, in the manner of a hostile takeover. There are in fact considerable similarities to Nero; he is unmistakably narcissistic; he has shown a great desire to make his mark in history, and I believe he’s said so on more than one occasion although I fail to recall one single quote exactly to that effect. I don’t think a war would satiate such a desire, because it wouldn’t be a big enough mark. Also, he’s a rich man and quite certainly does not wish to put himself to any inconvenience or discomfort, let alone risk, injury or death. There may be some concern for his family but there has been none shown that I know of other than verbal, starting with having his wife follow him, generally. He has more connection, evidently, with his children, though, which may be a mark in his favor.
*Please consult The Art of War and The Prince for why war is the commonest solution for finding an easy enemy. Then contemplate Afghanistan. Then go back and meditate upon the Vietnam war, particularly its beginnings in the 1960s. You can ask if you fail to find the answer. Meditate most especially upon Ho Chi Minh, where he was educated, and where he came first to ask for help! After that you can cursorily breeze through a succession of wars up until the present age. I’ll even tell you for free that the seeds of involvement in the Middle East were laid in the waning days of the Vietnam war and planted during its aftermath; by the end of the Evacuation there were even many sprouts. It was simply jolly. I wonder how many times they’ve regretted having forced me into my job during that war.