JIM CREES: ‘But if they do, they do.’
The GOP’s front-running presidential candidate and oftwhile nightmare, Donald Trump, continues to fire up the base and excite his followers with examples of his leadership ability - things formulated in his “good brain.”
For others, the excitement he generates among his loyal following is something better described as concern, or even worry.
OK. Trump spouts his silliness about women’s reproductive rights and issues, then backtracks, and re-backtracks, then re-re-backtracks, and then re-re-re-backtracks, and finally re-re-re-re-re-backtracks. BUT, he says exactly what his admirers want him to say.
Still, far, Far, FAR more worrisome than Trump’s consideration of women’s bodies, or his astonishing idea for paying for the mythological wall between the U.S. and Mexico which he keeps dangling in front of his supporters, is his epic stupidity when it comes to some very delicate world politics and policies.
Trump got a lot of folks in Europe really nervous when he suggested we (the U.S.) could simply do away with NATO.
He didn’t stop at the suggestion our NATO partners pay their fair share (which would have been completely reasonable.) Nope. He said we could simply do without this treaty defense organization.
No one - not Republican nor Democrat; not conservative nor liberal; not American nor European - no normal person with any even simplistic understanding of world politics would support disbanding NATO ... except Trump and others of his ilk.
But even that wasn’t the worst idea he’s come up with.
Trump got people all over the globe crawling under their desks by suggesting a war between North Korea and Japan might be unfortunate but, hey, it would be nuclear and it would be over “pretty quick.” So, what the heck!
Long as we aren’t paying for it ...who cares?
Trump suggested that instead of depending on the U.S. to neutralize the North Korean threat, Japan should create its own nuclear stockpile and take on North Korea on its own.
It’s all about business, folks. Money. Moolah. Cold, hard cash.
“I would rather have them not arm,” said the Trumpster, “ But I’m not going to continue to lose this tremendous amount of money.
“And, frankly, the case could be made that let them protect themselves against North Korea. They’d probably wipe them out pretty quick.”
There you go. The guy who potentially would have his hand on The Trigger; the guy being followed around by the fella with the “Nuclear Football,” suggesting it’d be OK if more countries became nuclear powers, and then used that power to snuff the crazy guy down the street.
And the crowd went wild!
Then, if that wasn’t enough, Trump followed up with “If they fight, you know what, that’d be a terrible thing. Terrible. ...
“But if they do, they do.”
Yessir. If they do, they do.
Long as it don’t cost us nuthin’.
“Cause I got a good brain” and “I got a lot of common sense.”
Every president of these United States since Harry Truman has been concerned with issues of nuclear proliferation, nuclear balance, and/or nuclear disarmament.
“The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.” - President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.” - President Ronald Reagan
“Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.” - Secretary of State Colin Powell
But Mr. Trump?
Hey, crank it up. Whatever war there is will be quick, and it won’t cost us any money.
It could, however, cost us the globe.
“If they do, they do.”
C’mon, folks. What’s a limited nuclear war between friends. Heck, we won’t even hear the boom! And the money saved could be invested in another wall ...between us and ... Canada? Albania? Maybe, Agrabah?
He thought this out well, ‘cause he’s “got a good brain.”
Can anyone really take this buffoon seriously?
Are people listening to what he is saying and paying attention to the fact that what Trump is saying makes zero sense?
Hey. Don’t get me wrong. I understand folks don’t like Bernie or hate Hillary.
But Trump is the alternative?