THE RISK OF NOT READING

Donald’s Devilish Details

When White House advisors wanted to brief the President of the United States on what had happened in Syria, they decided that they should use few words and show more pictures to tell the story of the use of chemical weapons.

Everyone learns differently and it has been established that one of the key components of our fearless leader is that he doesn’t read.

The art of brevity is not a sole providence of this president. Ronald Reagan asked the bureaucrats to reduce all memorandum to one page. Even though we now know that President Reagan toward the end of his command was losing certain memory functions, the memo reduction requirement was a genuine way to get more done. In short, most people over-write.

By showing Trump pictures of the results of the bombing of innocents, including babies, he was moved to not only act, but change his Middle East strategy entirely. Much to the chagrin of the far right and hard line populists, he did what needed to be done. Perhaps this President will eventually move to a moderate position, if only there was a picture we could show him for that result.

The danger of course in not reading is that you don’t ever consume well-thought out research and important intelligence because of the “burden” of actually reading it. We would love to have Donald Trump read Richard Haass’ book A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, but it is unlikely that our President could get through the 348 pages.

In one sense, it’s good that Trump is not influenced by so-called experts or those who have been in power before him, but that assumes they have nothing to contribute. The fear we should have is how an advisor could distort the truth to get their end result rather than a thoughtful answer to a complex question. We all know that photographs can be doctored and some people have even seen WMDs where there were none.

In the case of the invasion of Iraq, it was just as much Saddam Hussein’s stone-walling UN inspectors as the trumped-up charges of the intelligence community that led us to war. We need to keep in mind our country wasted $1 trillion dollars and ended up killing more than 134,000 civilians in the Iraq War. This mistake was based on some expert’s misinterpretation of facts or suspicious miscalculations or just plain not enough information.

There are certain qualifications we apply to most jobs, but for the leader of the free world we take what the electoral college gives us. In terms of Syria, the insiders just had to put the pictures of the dying children in Trump’s hands and he felt compelled to ask his generals, “What can we do about this?”

Did Donald not see the other dead baby washing up on the beach? That was the son of a mother and father, you know, refugees of Syria who were trying to escape a land where the leader drops bombs filled with chemicals on them. Did the President’s advisors not show him those pictures? TV covered this sad event, but that image never helped forge any campaign rhetoric.

Now that those around Donald Trump know that all they have to do is show him pictures to elicit some Pavlovian reaction, save us from the misdeeds of a few with influence. Judging by how he reads a teleprompter, we can assume that if we asked for more reading from Trump, we would bring the country to a stand-still.

What candidate Trump said he knew, even “more than the generals”, he obviously doesn’t know. Sorry to crush the feelings of those hardcore Trump fans, but this guy is just a narcissistic builder turned reality TV star who, in his new capacity, is learning on-the-job. Have patience and keep checking your paystub. Has he reduced your co-pays and deductibles yet? Has he made your roads better? Has he decreased your taxes? Has he made America great yet? What is taking this man so long to get going? Sad!


The Smell of Tomahawks in the Morning

Trump Huffs and He Puffs

Finally, the President of the United States has made a statement to the world that he’s just like the movie character, John Shaft. Donnie may think he’s a bad (shut your mouth), but he should remember one of Shaft’s great pieces of advice, “Next time, you mutha, don’t bite off more than you can chew!”

Yes, we get it, you saw the pictures of the babies, the innocents of war being poisoned by a chemical that is banned by the Geneva Convention and other treaties and you had to act. You had to bomb the airbase in Syria where the sorties began, but do you have the next step planned? We know that you aren’t going to tell anyone what you are going to do, we get your secret military tactics, but did you tell Congress? You told the Russians you were going to bomb, so much for your big secret plan.

And now that you have decided to teach Assad a lesson, have you considered what happens now with the rebel insurgency and more importantly, what ISIS is thinking right now? Mostly likely, they consider your actions part their plan, not yours. Once again, a U.S. President has been drawn into the Middle East.

When you play the screaming pumpkin head at rallies you can talk about how regime change in Libya was bad and blame Obama and Hillary for the way the Middle East turned out. But this is real life now and you indeed have inherited a mess. That damn Eisenhower, propping up the Muslim Brotherhood in order to fight communism.

Stop saying you alone are going to fix it. You might want to stop that rhetoric and start to think about who else will be there to help you fix it. Remember why we call certain countries allies. You will have to get into bed with some strange dogmatic dudes in order to keep the peace in the Middle East. Ask your son-in-law.

What a coincidence that King Abdullah II was sitting in the White House while Donald J. Trump was agonizing over an answer to the age-old question created by a blast of human consciousness. At one point, Jordan was accepting 3,000 refugees a day from Syria and it’s likely the last person to speak to Trump on the matter of what to do with Syria was the King, a real king. Abdullah got what he wanted, someone else to mess with Assad. And Israel will be happy, too. Sounds like a tribal win-win to moderate Muslims and Zionists everywhere.

Are things looking up for the Donald? He even asked God to bless the whole world. Boy, that sounded like globalism to me. Steve Bannon was probably throwing up out of his limo window on the way home. With so many ex-Goldman people around this president and of course, the Democrat Kids, are we seeing the turn toward global awareness? Can climate change be next? Baby steps.

A spokesperson for the Kremlin said Putin believes the attack was done under a “trumped-up pretext” and that Vladimir denounced the US strike against a Syrian government airbase as an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.” OMG, has your buddy has turned against you? Can that tape of whatever happened in St. Petersburg be far behind? And did they actually use the phrase, “trumped-up?” Is that a word in Russian?

Now we get to see what you are really made of Mr. Know-It-All, as we all sing along with the Shaft theme, “Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? (Trump), Can ya dig it? Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Trump), Right on!

They claim six people were killed at the base in Syria. Are you counting Mr. President? We know why you did what you did, like George W. going back to Iraq to finish the job his father started. If seems like you are trying to fix all the things you think Obama did wrong, does that make Barack your daddy? Sad!

 

 


Dictators and Dead Babies

The Donald Trump Doctrine of Offensive Remarks

We have a President who defies gravity. He claims he can leap from tall building to tall building in a single bound, which we all know, makes no logical sense. There was this religion he proposed during the campaign. It was simple really: Nationalism vs. Globalism and that any dealings with another nation could be simplified down to a deal.

He keeps telling us and of course, the rest of the world, that he and he alone has inherited a mess that he now will fix. Imagine what was going through the mind of Abdullah II of Jordan standing mere feet from Superman. Abdullah, a man who actually puts on a military uniform and fights along with his soldiers. Here is a ruler who has been dealing with the Middle East and radical Islam for almost 20 years. Hearing the words, “I have inherited a mess” must have sent shockwaves through his royal body.

The drip, drip of dictators and the blood being shed in all parts of our earth has finally changed the way our President views certain bad actors on the world stage. Suddenly, he sees that powerful dictators are not deal makers; they are ruthless killers.

Just yesterday he blamed Obama for something that happened yesterday, but today, he said, “It crossed a lot of lines for me,” and added, “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines.” And then, he blames Obama again today, huh?

Was the last time Assad used chemicals on his own people okay, but now it’s time to do something? Trump lets us in on his big revelation, “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much!” Oh, really Trump, what was the big tipping point?

According to the United Nations, since the war began in 2011, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed. And yes, we know that the video of lifeless children being washed down in an attempt to keep them from succumbing to the lethal poisons and the horrible pictures of children gasping their last breath makes a difference, but there is a giant missing piece to this puzzle. And just maybe Trump is about to place that piece into a giant map of the world.

Has the great Donald finally figured out that the reason there are so many refugees, the ones he disdains and fears, running away from this repulsive dictator and the ghastly reality of dead babies?

You see, you can talk about ISIS and brag about how you are going to eradicate them from the face of the earth, which not only makes a great campaign slogan for you, but a dandy recruitment clip for them, but that is only one piece of the enigma.

Dictators who kill people when they get in the way are just as bad as ISIS. If you thought domestic healthcare was complicated, the Middle East is ten times as tough.

Remember, if Assad is as depraved as you think he is and now believe he should be stopped, you are going to have to face Putin. You will have to tell the Russian leader that you want him to help you STOP ASSAD, not the rebels. The rebels – or as they are also known as – the Syrian people, are being killed by Russians and Assad’s troops. And Assad gets aid from Iran, another Russian ally. Who knew it was so complicated?

We all know, that Obama was tricked by your buddy Putin into believing that all the chemical weapons were taken out of Syria. We also know that Putin is now trying to fool you into believing that the rebels gassed their own people. Really? Does that make any sense?

The world is waiting for the President of the United States to get his focus back on important issues and stop with the stupid tweets about TV shows and Bill O’Reilly.

America First is a nice chant, but the world is a big place. You say you need $54 billion more dollars for the military, but what you need a damn strategy and well-thought-out policy for what you plan to do with that much might.

This on-the-job training is fatiguing. Sad!