Posts tagged ‘Trump’
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.
and Trump, and Obama. Since the ending of World War II the U.S. has a (self-) generated program to “Bring the American Way to the World” as one commercial had it a year or two ago. We narrowly avoided making Vietnam a territory of ours. It would probably have been brief. The U.S. started shipping troops out before I joined the Navy; they heavily intensified that process a few years before the end of the war. Indications I read were that they were being staged at Guam for Afghanistan. [I have never been able to find anything to contraindicate that–knowing that all military news that is government generated comes from the PAO, which has access to unclassified materials only. At this time I don’t think it’s wise to point out something that should have become very obvious with that statement. I remember running over a captain (who tried to have me court-martialed) to grab a TS message from a PAO (Public Affairs Office, TS=Top Secret; nothing above that was put into the local computer system). However, I did know what to look for. The news, since Dunkirk, has been regarded as a tactical weapon. End of heavy hints.]
Korea, Vietnam…the Middle East.
There are a number of things I could say, but none of them would be wise. Those who were in “my” guild Unity could probably decipher that easily. I have been trying to make this simple while avoiding direct statements.
Bringing the American Way to the World, however, has been defined as imperialism by others. We have started wars because of the way that people were being treated in their own lands. Obama was apparently attempting to leave the judgment to the UN, which I doubt Trump will support in any way or fashion other than the obligatory. I do feel that a war against ISIS is justified and is self defense. Attempting to profile and catch existent residents will catch more innocents than targets. Our action in the past has been to confine all of a certain race during violent outbursts, of many races. The Republicans are bursting with pride that Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) will be left open, and are trying to kill any diplomatic relationship with Cuba at the same time.
Our president is convinced he’s better at the game than a master spy. The timing of his marriage seems interesting to me. Finding classified material and broadcasting it to the world has become the easiest way to be a hero. Trump himself conformed to broadcast expectations as I recall. But then I’m surely wrong. All of his supporters would tell me so.
As far as his personal life I’m frankly indifferent. It’s how he does the job. Judging by statements, his choice of Cabinet members, and his reaction to suggestions by assistants, I lack hope.
Glenn (Samwise Davies)
I actually wasn’t going to write this. There are a good many things I don’t tell. I have never known a rich man particularly sympathetic to what he regards as the poor. For one thing, if he became too sympathetic he’d join them and it’s happened. Most NFL quarterbacks retire poor. (Not after retiring from the NFL.) Many people we “instinctively” think of as rich weren’t or became poor quickly.