Thursday, April 13, 2017

Let them eat chocolate cakes!

The reality show nightmare continues.  And it is not even three months yet!
“I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We are now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen. And President Xi was enjoying it,” Trump said.
So, he is describing his dinner with Xi, right?

Wrong.
“And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded. What do you do? And we made a determination to do it. So the missiles were on the way. “
And I said: ‘Mr President, let me explain something to you … we’ve just launched 59 missiles, heading to Iraq [sic] … heading toward Syria and I want you to know that.’
“I didn’t want him to go home … and then they say: ‘You know the guy you just had dinner with just attacked [Syria].’”
The asshole is boasting about how he operated as the commander-in-chief while entertaining the visiting Chinese president.  "we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen."  Oh how far have we fallen!

In an emotion-filled post at the NYRB, a Syrian-American physician writes about witnessing an earlier chemical attack--on August 21, 2013.   After this latest attack, he writes:
While I was submitting a report for the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) on how our hospitals in Syria handled the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun, I was struck by how familiar the aftermath is: journalists asking the same questions, pictures of the children killed, mothers looking for their kids among the unidentified bodies, Western leaders threatening retaliation, and the international media make a huge noise but without any effective action from the international community. All of this came to my mind.
Soap. Rinse. Repeat. :(

In lobbing the missiles, trump has traveled the same old rut:
Americans sometimes see the degree of military intervention as a function of political will — if the president cared, he would intervene. This reveals a deeper assumption: that American power can solve any crisis, but only if it is sufficiently and correctly applied.
Who else but trump who proclaimed that only he alone can solve our problems!  Remember that?
Jeremy Shapiro, the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, has argued that the United States is also driven by what he calls “the American omnipotence problem.”
A string of military victories in the early 1990s, Mr. Shapiro told The New York Times in October, established an assumption “that any problem in the world is basically solvable by American power if there is sufficient political will.”
As a result, when a crisis emerges, and Americans are confronted with images like those Mr. Trump saw from Syria, the question raised is often not whether the United States is capable of imposing a solution, but why it hasn’t.
Missiles lobbed.  Now what?
If the cruise missile attack was a one-and-done warning, it changes nothing. If it was an opening salvo of some kind, what follows? Either we're on a slippery slope toward deeper military involvement, or we remain helpless witnesses to unspeakable carnage.
Oh well, maybe the 63 million who voted for their fuhrer know better!

2 comments:

Ramesh said...

There are many military hawks in the GOP - McCain, Graham, et al. In fact if any other Republican had become President, the US would be in a lot more military intervention mode. Trump, at least, is not clued enough to do that.

There is something to say about Obama's strategy of leading from the behind .

Sriram Khé said...

"Trump, at least, is not clued enough to do that."
Not being clued enough is even worrisome. Over the last few days, the guy has made so many u-turns on so many issues all because he apparently only now is getting to know even a little bit about the issues. His own narration of his talk with Xi was telling:
"In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr Trump said he told Mr Xi he believed Beijing could easily take care of the threat of North Korea.

The US President said Mr Xi then explained the history of China and Korea to him.

"After listening for 10 minutes, I realised it's not so easy," Mr Trump said."

This guy is now barking orders to the mightiest military force that the world has ever known. And that is not a comforting thought!!!