Donald Trump is not a veteran. He attended the New York Military Academy where he was named a Captain for his Senior year. According to the Washington Post, after a month he was transferred to another position with no command responsibilities. Trump says he “got promoted because he did such a good job.” Other cadets said he, “delegated leadership responsibilities to others while staying in his room” which “allowed problems to fester.” It’s reported a hazing incident played a major role in the position change. Trump then, much as he does now, declared victory while moving to the new position. Trump has no actual military experience. He isn’t a General. He just want’s to play one on TV.
He doesn’t have the focus or the knowledge to make foreign policy decisions. Watching him is like seeing the movie “The Sum of All Fears” come to life. In this case we watch Trump playing at war in Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and who knows where else. Trump isn’t the fictional Jack Ryan who is guaranteed to win at the end of the film. He’s a blustering, narcissist who is currently sabre rattling all over the world. He’s not speaking softly while carrying a big stick. He’s yelling at the top of his lungs, “I’m king of the world!,” which even the American President is not. Trump’s wars:
- In possibly a “Wag the Dog” move to distract from Russian collusion investigations. Trump unleashed 59 Tomahawk Missiles on an airport in Syria. He did it, “because of the beautiful babies” that he still doesn’t want in this country. He apparently doesn’t want them dying on national television from chemical weapons. It’s acceptable however for them to die from starvation, disease and barrel bombs. Syrian planes resumed flights the day after the US Strike and resumed bombing the remaining babies.
- The United States used for the first time the M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Bombs) in a remote location in Afghanistan which was a reported ISIS location complete with fortifications and tunnels. Some reports indicate 36 ISIS members were killed. A number often cited as the cost of the bomb was $314 Million putting the average price per terrorist killed at just under $9 million each. What appeals to Trump however is the ratings, and a news cycle not dominated by talk of Russian spies within his administration.
- Trump reacts to North Korea’s missile tests by sending an aircraft carrier and two destroyers into the Korean Peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened the United States with nuclear war if they continue. The United States has leaked they have a plan for a “first strike” against North Korea should it appear a new nuclear test be imminent. In a variation of John McCain’s statement. We have “two crazy fat kids” leading their respective nations. Each dreaming of being a general. What could go wrong?
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