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PostTrump's Strategy: Chaos (from Ric Mauricio) (John Eipper, USA, 05/16/18 7:00 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
Between "tone-deaf" and "evil genius," I vote for the latter. Everything Pres. Trump does is for his own aggrandizement. Case in point: the new tax law. I am finding that amongst my clients here in California, 80% will experience a higher tax bill. I am very busy positioning my clients to work around the new tax law. But yes, it does enrich those who invest in stocks and real estate more than those who just salt their money away in CDs and Treasuries.
As to his foreign policy, I am seeing a consistent strategy of creating chaos (yes, Mao, Stalin, and Hitler thrived on chaos) by throwing out the baby with the bathwater. This strategy means that you can create chaos, blame the chaos on the other side (Hillary, the Democrats, Muslims, illegal immigrants, the Europeans, the Chinese, the Iranians), then claim credit when it gets fixed. If it doesn't get fixed, you again shift the blame.
Here's a scenario: 2 1/2 years from now, the world is at war. Do you want to change leadership in the middle of a war? Is it possible that Congress could suspend the elections?
JE comments: Goodness, no. Not even in 1864 did Congress suspend elections. (The idea did arise, however.)
US State Dept to "Regain its Swagger": Pompeo
(Paul Pitlick, USA
05/17/18 3:32 AM)
In response to several recent posts about current affairs, I ran across this article recently:
A quote, by the new (and inexperienced) US Secretary of State:
"In a town hall pep talk to State Department employees, Pompeo explained that his repeated calls for the agency to regain its 'swagger' meant that diplomats should act with confidence, knowing that the US cause is just.
"'Swagger is not arrogance; it is not boastfulness, it is not ego,' Pompeo said, according to the excerpts. 'No, swagger is confidence; in one's self, in one's ideas. In our case, it is America's essential rightness. And it is aggressiveness born of the righteous knowledge that our cause is just, special, and built upon America's core principles.'"
Apparently, some people just didn't learn much from the GW Bush years...
JE comments: Swagger is the thing of John Wayne, Charles Bronson, or Vin Diesel, not FSOs. How many wars began with "aggressiveness born of righteous knowledge"? All of them?
As every Wehrmacht soldier well knew, Gott mit uns.