More from one of my favorite writers, Will Bunch.
The Field Negro education series continues.
“It was exactly one week ago that President Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airstrip last week and the punditocracy went wild, proclaiming in the never-to-be-forgotten words of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that “Donald Trump became president of the United States.” You knew right then that the adulation-starved POTUS was already plotting a bolder second installment, his own “big bang theory.”
So what do you get called now by the self-satisfied Beltway elites after dropping “MOAB” — the 11-ton “Mother of All Bombs,” the most lethal non-nuclear weapon in America’s awesome arsenal? Did he become Emperor of the Air today? King of All Weaponry? Did the Pretty Big One turn the 45th president into the Godfather of Hole? Or does lobbing the “mother” bomb into some Afghanistan caves finally make Trump the daddy, worthy of the respect that icy Fred Trump never paid his little boy?
(And in a loosely related matter, will MSNBC’s Brian “It’s All Too Beautiful” Williams turn to his guest tonight and say that “I am reminded of the Springsteen classic, ‘Blinded by the light…'”)
The funny thing — OK, actually not that funny at all — is that just moments before Trump’s latest bomb, I’d been fretting about how our new president’s gross inexperience, his penchant for blatant dishonesty, lack of coherent policy or moral convictions, horrible approval ratings, and the growing stench of corruption had already made his position in the White House untenable, on just his 84th day in office. And that the only thing that remains solid is Trump’s ability to trigger World War III in a blood-red eye blink.
But the news that the Trump-commanded military had now escalated the conflict in Afghanistan — in a place called Nangarhar that no one can find on a map, in a war that’s been going on for 16 years and will probably still be happening long after I’m dead and buried — felt like a crossing of the Rubicon. I know you’re supposed to rally around the flag and our commander-in-chief when the bombs — even the old-fashioned normal-sized ones — start bursting in air. But Trump’s lack of any moral or ethical compass, not to mention his inability to tell the truth, make it impossible to have faith in our military missions — or in him.
I know it’s only been 12 weeks, but America has seen enough. It’s already past time for sensible Republicans to join with Democrats to start the process of removing Trump from office and making Mike Pence the 46th president. The fate of the earth may hang in the balance.” [More]
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