Trump’s Ego Makes the U.S. Less Safe

Trump’s Ego Makes the U.S. Less Safe May 5, 2019

So what would you call this? Blind hope, or overwhelming idiocy?

I know what I call it, and it ain’t hopeful.

To set the scene: Since 2017, when Donald Trump first took office, we’ve all had a ringside seat to a man who has gone out of his way to alienate and drive away our international allies, while simultaneously courting our geopolitical foes.

Given my evangelical foundation, this is where I always hear from someone touting the “bold” steps Trump has made in favor of Israel.

Yes, Israel is the one ally he has not openly insulted or demeaned, but consider what he did with the move of the embassy to Jerusalem in public was very different than what he was doing in private, and you realize that’s only a political move to dazzle the evangelical portion of his base.

Even that is not without a price. He has said on multiple occasions, once even surprising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press briefing, that Israel will have to “give up” something, in return.

Putting his pro-Israel song-and-dance aside, Americans should be stunned and repulsed at his acquiescence to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his touted “love affair” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

President Trump continuously harps on the need for “good relationships” with people who are absolutely opposed to our nation’s dominant position on the world stage, and would like nothing better than to see us fall.

On the one hand, I get it, and agree. It would be wonderful to lay aside animosities and forge comfortable connections with all people.

On the other hand, however, how do you do that when the other side not only will not lay down their animosity towards you, but actively works against you and your interests?

You don’t do it by playing the submissive, as Trump continues to do.

The problem with Donald Trump is solely rooted in his fragile ego and hunger to be seen as a real, world player, rather than a dupe.

He wants to make moves that are seen as historic, such as bonding with Putin’s Russia, or befriending a maniacal tyrant in Kim, in hopes of “taming the beast.”

Such is that drive, that when failure is sitting in his face and the house is burning down around him, he will ignore it, calling it a “win.”

It is not a win.

President Trump has signaled to despots around the world that mere flattery can gain his allegiance, and for our nation, as well as our allies, it does not bode well.

Such is the folly of electing vain, corrupt men, simply because they say the angry, empty words we want to hear.

On Saturday, President Trump spent the morning lashing out about the media and the Russia probe, as well as praising his dictator pals, Putin and Kim.

I told you about his Friday call to Vladimir Putin, where they talked over an hour, and Trump failed to tell Putin he expected there to be no Russian interference with the 2020 election.

He didn’t tell him because he doesn’t give the orders in that relationship.

“Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on ‘Russia Collusion.’ The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!” Trump tweeted early Saturday.

We’ve all gotten used to Trump’s Twitter feed being full of utter nonsense, but this is the musings of a fool.

Russia committed a hostile act against our nation. It is not their goal to get along with us. As usual, however, Trump will ignore his own intelligence and law enforcement agencies, even to the point of demonizing them, in order to bow to Putin.

Also on Friday evening came the news that North Korea had fired a number of short-range projectiles towards Japan.

There was no damage, and the projectiles landed in the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea’s military, but this was more of a message than an attempt at anything.

Kim Jong Un is signaling that they have not, and will not give up their nuclear ambitions, no matter what Donald Trump tells the world.

In the early days of Trump’s administration, he and Kim were at odds, trading insults and threats.

All it took was a few flowery words and letters from Kim to the president, and as Trump told one of his rally crowds, they “fell in love.”

This was the hook. Even as report after report came in, regarding North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weaponry, Trump ignored it all, praising Kim as a great leader – leaving out the part of systematic, state-sanctioned rape, torture, imprisonment, and murder of his own people – and gushing over their relationship.

When news came in on Friday evening of the launch of those projectiles, some reports of Trump behind the scenes were that he was livid. Aides had to convince him not to take to Twitter.

This wasn’t because of an aggressive act by Kim, but because it made him look bad.

His response on Saturday was worse.

“Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!” Trump tweeted.

He’s a bloody tyrant, but you’re with him?

Also, nobody knows what promises were made. I’m going to assume none, because two summits – the first in Singapore and the second in Vietnam – resulted in only Trump’s praise and Kim’s continued non-compliance.

Trump gets credit for walking away from the table in Vietnam, but nothing he’s done since that time has resulted in any improvement. His continued rosy outlook towards relations with the hermit nation, even in the face of their defiance shows just how rooted in his fantasy narrative, with himself as the bold hero, he really is.

The thing about fantasies, you eventually have to come back to real life, and real life is rarely as pleasant.

Too bad we the people are stuck with the cost.

 


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  • Ronald Langdon

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Trump’s ego is part of his” ART OF THE DEAL” Smarter than all the lefties including Susan Wright on the left not on the right as patheos says

  • Though Donald Trump’s true character was publicly known long before he ever announced his candidacy, his announcement of Andrew Jackson (the Democratic Party’s first POTUS) being his favorite president should have further served as a omen.The bad traits of both men and their partisan supporters are striking.

    In a 1824 interview by Daniel Webster, Thomas Jefferson said this,

    “I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has had very little respect for laws and constitutions, and is, in fact, an able military chief. His passions are terrible. When I was President of the Senate, he was Senator; and he could never speak on account of the rashness of his feelings. I have seen him attempt it repeatedly, and as often choke with rage. His passions are, no doubt, cooler now; he has been much tried since I knew him, but he is a dangerous man.”

    Of course one major difference is Trump is no able military chief even though he fancies himself one.

    Moving on, let’s see if this one from Congressman Davy Crockett rings familiar in the age of Trump.

    “It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson, and follow him in all his motions, and windings, and turnings, even at the expense of my consciences and judgment. Such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles. … His famous, or rather I should say infamous Indian bill was brought forward and, and I opposed it from the purest motives in the world. Several of my colleagues got around me, and told me how well they loved me, and that I was ruining myself. They said it was a favorite measure of the President, and I ought to go for it. I told them I believed it was a wicked unjust measure, and that I should go against it, let the cost to myself be what it might; that I was willing to go with General Jackson in everything that I believed was honest and right; but further than this, I wouldn’t go for him, or any other man in the whole creation.” ~A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834)

    If only Trumpkins could be bothered to read Crockett, or our founding papers for that matter, rather than the so-called “Art of the Deal”… But then again if they ever did they would most likely just retort back with, “Muh principles!” since their loyalty is clearly to a man after their own hearts.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Ronald, I agree with every word Susan writes. To me she is definitely Susan on the Right. And before you start calling me names too, you should know that not only am I always and forever #NeverTrump, I am also #NeverDemocrat. I have voted straight Republican all of my life. The ONLY Republican I have not voted for is Trump in 2016. And I won’t vote for him in 2020 either. So what does that make me? I’m sure you will respond with the word “stupid.”

  • Alpha 1

    I’m not sure why you’re surprised by Trump being friendly with dictators. Whether it’s the Shah in Iran, Pinochet in Chile, the apartheid regime in South Africa, or the Saudis, America has always been friendly with oppressive governments. If there’s anything different about Trump, it’s that he’s so dumb he doesn’t realize America is supposed to pretend to care about human rights. The best example of this was the Khashoggi affair: any president of the last 30 years would have stood by the Saudis, but they would have made a show of wagging their finger at them after the killing instead of issuing a statement saying “I don’t care because the Saudis give us money and help fight Iran.” Trump’s foreign policy is just normal American foreign policy with the mask off.

  • chemical

    From Susan:

    I told you about his Friday call to Vladimir Putin, where they talked over an hour, and Trump failed to tell Putin he expected there to be no Russian interference with the 2020 election.

    I wonder how many bridges Trump bought off of Vladimir Putin during that phone call.

  • Cousin_Ken

    Stunned (Over and Over), Repulsed (More and More), by Vlads’ dummy, while Congress Sleeps.

  • Bruce

    I’m skeptical that there were, or are, any flowery words from Kim. I think Putin simply ordered the submissive Trump to back off and Trump invented the “love affair” myth as an excuse for his public backdown.

    Furthermore, I note that TASS informed the world about the Trump – Putin phone call (or facetime) and said Trump called Putin and the call lasted an hour and a half. Putin wanted the world to know he’s ordered Trump to back off Venezuela too. Will Trump invent another love affair with Maduro?

  • Michael Weyer

    Sadly, it’s the new rule of the GOP: If you’re against Trump in any way, you must be an Obama-loving, George Soros paid radical socialist communist Nazi.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    True – I think you’ve put your finger on the true “gospel of Trump” that his “pet evangelicals” have foresworn Christ to serve.

    Every Trump-supporter I know (including the one-time pastor of the last Church I left) says pretty much the same that you’ve just summarized above.

  • chemical

    The ONLY Republican I have not voted for is Trump in 2016. And I won’t vote for him in 2020 either. So what does that make me?

    A sane person that has at least some principles, or someone who’s not willing to debase herself for short-term political power.

  • JASmius

    You delusional denial if of epic proportions.

  • JASmius

    Trump is what he is – in this context, a Kremlin stooge. What does peak my curiosity is what changes in foreign policy direction the (overtly) Democrat administration that replaces him in 2020 will take. Will President Biden move permanently in a more hawkish direction vis a vie Russia, Red China, and North Korea – in essence, doing the right thing for the wrong reason – or will that merely be the initial stages of reverting to dovish foreign policy form? My guess is the latter, but I’m more than willing to be pleasantly surprised.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I don’t think the Democrats have the principles, ethic, values or moral courage it will take to stand up to world-stage bullies and extortionists (such as Trump, Putin & Kim), and world-stage corruption. TIme and again we’ve seen US so-called “leaders” become “outraged” at an action taken by another country (that they would defend if done by the US) because it either rejects US social-engineering attempts (such as Obama’s push to force Muslim nations to accept homosexuality and women as a “protected-interest” group or “black rights” in Africa) – even going so far as to start wars when other countries refuse to adopt the US-demanded social policies. Then – when people get tired of the cost (or the war loses its luster and becomes unpopular, (a few years and thousands of lives later), the Democrats decide to surrender and abandon the field, thus “bringing peace”. Now we are seeing this same ‘strategy’ on the GOP side.

    By keeping our military constantly deployed in the interest of “social justice” or (in Trump’s case: in the interest of whatever country is willing to make the best “deals” for Trump’s US “mercenaries”), the liberals keep our military too drained of resources to be truly effective while simultaneously cutting aid and resources to those dwindling numbers that are willing to actually defend this country instead of just talk about it.

    Whoever gave Obama the idea that it would be a good idea to send openly-gay ambassadors to Muslim countries (as he did with Libya) appears to now be advising Trump on HIS foreign policy – and we now see US “leaders” sucking up to foreign bullies while denigrating our own military and intelligence sources. Meanwhile, “popular culture” and the “social values” of the “social utopia” of NYC and other inner-city Democrat havens continues to be pushed as “normal” on the rest of the country with the threat of military intervention in city and state law enforcement if they don’t comply.

    As to our overall financial situation, OF COURSE Trump has no problems doubling the gas tax to pay for inner-city mass-transit and other ever-increasing “infrastructure” that will primarily be wasted on inner-city vote-buying scams – city people rarely own cars and so WILL NOT (by and large) be paying the gas tax – such thinking is just redistribution of wealth from rural citizens and producers (living outside the cities) to further subsidize the give-aways to city-dwellers in exchange for the votes necessary to keep Democrats (and Trump’s family) able to avoid bankruptcy while staying in power.

    As to the general decline of morality, ethics and moral courage in government in recent administrations, I think it traces back to the idea that “we are electing Presidents, not Pastors” and therefore the character of our leadership should never be questioned as long as no one is allowed to get elected that actually has a faith strong enough that they have built their life around. Remember the Atheist fear: If we ever elect an openly-practicing Christian to office, they will turn the US into a Therocracy (as opposed to a dictatorship under Trump’s tyranny or a communist nation under the Democrats I suppose).

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The title of that book was actually a mis-print.

    The book SHOULD have been entitled “ART OF THE STEAL” because that’s all Trump actually knows and the way he actually operates in his businesses and in his public and private life.

  • Michael Weyer

    For crying out loud, just look at how there are scores of Trumpites still claiming Mueller ‘Is an Obama stooge” ignoring he’s a lifelong Republican appointed by Bush.

  • Michael Weyer

    And Trump didn’t even write it himself.

  • Michael Weyer

    There are some things I take issue with in that…but I sadly must agree that it’s been a long-standing bit of U.S. policy (both Dems and Republicans) to turn a blind eye to how terrible someone is as long as it helps us with money and other bits.

    It’s been that way for decades from the messes of Vietnam to Iran-Contra to the constant way administrations from both sides ignores China’s history of human rights violations. And it just doesn’t look to stop thanks to so many willing to ignore things for the “common good.”

    Although I do take issue with your “atheists don’t want an openly-practicing Christian in office” as Obama was an openly practicing Christian. What they fear is a truly radical type who thinks the Rapture is nigh, only Christians can hold public office and gay people should be locked into camps and “Converted” with the Jews and Muslims.

    I know, that’s radical but sadly have heard some radicals on the Christian right pushing that very idea. Which is why I don’t judge everyone on the right by those loons anymore than everyone on the left should be judged by the real socialist nuts.

  • chemical

    As to our overall financial situation, OF COURSE Trump has no problems doubling the gas tax to pay for inner-city mass-transit and other ever-increasing “infrastructure” that will primarily be wasted on inner-city vote-buying scams…

    Well, look at that, you and I agreeing on something again. Although I think we need the infrastructure, I don’t want this paid for by doubling the gas tax (the end result being a tax hike on rural areas, and less cars on the road in urban areas, which will reduce congestion and pollution there). All the benefits of that go 100% to urban areas. Being a resident of Houston, TX, I SHOULD support it, but honestly some of the rural areas are having a hard time and I recognize that there is a whole lot of America outside of Houston.

    Remember the Atheist fear: If we ever elect an openly-practicing Christian to office, they will turn the US into a Therocracy (as opposed to a dictatorship under Trump’s tyranny or a communist nation under the Democrats I suppose).

    Well that was nice while it lasted. I’m opposed to Christians who wish to turn the US into a theocracy. Donald Trump is no theocrat (he doesn’t take religion seriously at all and only uses Christianity to fool gullible rubes, IMO), but Mike Pence is. And you may be surprised to hear that I think communism is a dumb idea, too. I see it as a funhouse-mirror distorted extremist vision of liberalism, much like you might see Trumpism as a distorted extremist version of conservatism.

  • fanodan13

    Yup! Muh principles, Muh countary (they misspell a lot) and sometimes they sound like an alley cat hanging off the remnants of some division fence between tenements, crying out into the night, Muh wall, muh wall, muh wallwallwall! Sometimes, I wish it was as simple as throwing a shoe, and quietening up the bunch. lol

  • IllinoisPatriot

    For a “practicing Christian”, Obama sure violated a LOT of Biblical standards, ethics and tenants with his openly pro-gay and extremely racist views and policies.. Not to mention Obama’s emphasis on government “taking care of people” rather than people taking responsibility to take care of themselves and their own families.

    I SERIOUSLY doubt Obama has EVER studied Christianity. His life-history is rife with scams, lies (even to the IL Bar Association), and social agitation while his terms of office were rife with him siding with the Muslims over our own country (Remember Obama changing NASA’s mission to “Make Muslims feel good about themselves” ?

    I’d say that Obama is about as Christian as Trump is – perhaps a bit less so because Obama was consistently pro-abortion and anti-gun rights while also being racist, anti-police (“The police acted stupidly”), and a HUGE believer that Christian beliefs must change to accommodate his abortion funding in Obamacare insurance policies.

  • Michael Weyer

    I never got the “Obama a racist” line at all but don’t want to hijack this thread on a huge fight over it. Although the “changing NASA mission” line just has me scratching my head. Also, it looks to approach the “who’s more true Christian” bit and that never ends well.

  • mudskipper

    I got curious about the NASA remark, so I googled it. It looks like the usual bad faith interpretation of remarks made by an Obama administrator. Obama’s NASA director, when clearly commenting on NASA’s outreach efforts, said Obama wanted outreach to Muslim countries to be a priority. This got misinterpreted as a change to NASA’s central mission, which it most certainly was not.