A bogus attack on an abandoned airfield in Syria, apparently mostly for publicity. Dropping the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, again, apparently mostly for publicity, and now this most recent acting out, calling all 100 U.S. Senators to the White House for what appears to have been another publicity stunt, forcing the country to spend money to set up a secure briefing room big enough to hold all those people at the White House when that same secure briefing area already existed for no additional expense on Capitol Hill. All Trump had to do was send his three or four people over to the Hill, rather than busing 100 senators to the White House. Is there a method to this madness? Maybe. Maybe he wants to make it appear as though he is doing all he can to keep the Congress informed as he ramps up the country for war with North Korea.
So far, none of it, not the bombing of the abandoned airfield in Syria, or the giant “Mother” of all bombs in Afghanistan or even losing an aircraft carrier battle group as he increases the potential for war with North Korea, has been enough to erase the investigations into his administration’s ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russians.
This is nuts. U.S. intelligence has informed us that the Russians and Turks have infiltrated Trump’s inner-circle. It’s the elephant in the middle of the room while one of Trumps’s top advisors, Steve Bannon, openly brags about the effort underway to “deconstruct” our government as hundreds of positions remain unfilled due to personnel not having been nominated by the White House.
We have been warned that we can either fill all those unfilled diplomatic positions to help avoid war, or we will be forced to spend even more money going to war. Generally speaking, military leaders are not heavily backgrounded in diplomacy. They are backgrounded in going to war. At the same time it is important to remember that the nation’s top diplomat, Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has no professional diplomatic experience. He is an oil company executive.
Mr. Trump says he is going to listen to his generals. It might be assumed then, that the former CEO of ExxonMobil and a military man nicknamed “Mad Dog” are taking the point for U.S. diplomacy?
How much of this are we supposed to be able to stand? Why is Congress acting like all this negligent and possibly deranged behavior is okay? Where will Trump be busing them off to next? A big lockup somewhere? Where is the FBI? Where are the patriots who care more for the country than their party affiliations?
Why, when the Trump Administration orders the United States Senate to get on a couple of buses for an unnecessarily costly and perhaps meaningless visit to the White House (other than giving Donald another opportunity to get all puffed up), did they do it? Kudos to Bernie Sanders for not going. Have our senators taken leave of their senses?
Oh wait. The Republicans are in the majority, so if the Democrats refused to get on the bus, then the Republicans could call the Democrats uncooperative, blaming them for everything and anything that might go wrong with whatever the Donald does or does not plan on doing in the future. It would be the Democrats fault, even if it wasn’t. It will be their fault for not getting on the bus. That’s the way it is, when party loyalty trumps loyalty to one’s country. There’s also the nasty fact that some of the Republicans feel a need to follow Trump’s orders or risk being targeted in their home districts in the next election.
Expect our collective sanity to be stretched to the max over the next few months or maybe even weeks as thinking Americans continue losing sleep. As for me, I am abandoning the pundits and switching over to old movies as a diversion from being forced to focus on when and where Donald J. Trump will start our next big war in an obvious effort to make his personality issues and connectivity with the Russians go away.
It no longer matters whether Donald J. Trump is doing what he is doing intentionally or whether he is simply oblivious. The Congress must take steps to put the ship of state back on a course that improves rather than threatens our security before Trump takes us to a point of no return.
This is not a business deal, this is geopolitics and possibly war. This is not putting America first.
This is insane.