In the spirit of Oprah’s famous, “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car. . .,” Donald Trump has his own version that will live in infamy. Trump’s version sounds like, “You get a war, you get a war, you get a war.” In the last seven days Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase and heard Russia and Iran say they’re fully prepared to fight back. That to say: Syria gets a war, Russia gets a war, and Iran gets a war!
There is nothing fun and Oprah-like about what Donald Trump is doing, though. His bully tactics are a gross display of carelessness and tactlessness where matters of national security and military leadership are concerned. But the above isn’t the end of Trump’s you get a war, campaign.
On Friday, trigger happy Trump ordered that MOAB (mother of all bombs, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world) be dropped in Afghanistan. Afganistan gets a war! Shortly before that it was reported that 18 ally Syrian troops were killed by U.S.-led forces. Sadly, this still isn’t the end.
Insult to injury may just be that in addition to everything Trump has gotten this country into within the last seven days. There is more.
U.S. may strike North Korea if Kim Jong-un’s nuclear trigger gets happy. North Korea gets a war, sounds least funny of all of the conflicts and potential wars that Trump has pushed America to the brink of in the last few days.
An NBC News reports states Donald Trump stands at the ready to engage in a preemptive strike against North Korea if Trump feels Jong-un will follow through with nuclear weapons’ tests. North Korea has been bragging that a “big event” is imminent and some war-ready people believe that event involves nuclear weaponry.
The Trump administration isn’t being at all secretive with their strategy and plans. NBC News further reports that the U.S. has two battleships that are Tomahawk launchers, about 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test base. Bombers also stand at-the-ready in Guam, ready to attack North Korea.
For their part in this potential conflict, North Korea is very much taking a self-defense, approach. Their government released a statement saying:
“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S. is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war.”
For the sake of the brave service members risking their lives to protect the freedoms Americans are supposed to be able to enjoy, one must hope that Trump hasn’t met his bully match with Kim Jong-un.
Meanwhile, in the midst of all of the above: Ongoing questions about Trump’s connection to the Russian government continue to linger, Trump’s questionable personal business practices are still costing American taxpayers, details continue to emerge about people close to Trump who have proven ties to the Russian government, Trump and his staff still have no sense of decorum where matters of ethnic and religious sensitivity are concerned and so much more. All of these matters are important indeed, but while those events have unfolded, Trump was plotting to and ultimately secretly signed an anti-Planned Parenthood law.
The moral? However wise, pressing and generally important they may be, don’t be fooled by clever distractions.
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