War Paint

April 7, 2017

Drizzling-cold rain this Friday evening on California’s north coast, and seemingly we’ll stay wet until the end of next week.
There’s gaps in the storm-cycle, however, with sunshine sometimes blaring through the gray, so there’s that, and not much else…

Last night, the T-Rump acted the leader with heart — the crucial word there is ‘acted,’ as in theatre.

A narcissistic child playing war…

(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Agonizing Horse,’ found here).

And the T-Rump is a high-ball actor if he can stay on script. Just hearing the asshole’s announcement last night on the military action in Syria, you could tell he was reading straight from the screenplay. Delivered via a teleprompter from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, T-Rump performed another misdirection, ending with an unusual: ‘“God bless America and the entire world.”
The man is so full of shit, and really can not be trusted at all, and will never ‘pivot, or go ‘presidential,’ no matter the bullshit.
Despite that, Americans waxed wonder at the T-Rump for his war-making — no matter the prospect a self-centered, petulant man-child can order such shit, and is so ignorant of about everything, it should be shitting-the-pants frightful, not worthy of praise.

Joan Walsh at The Nation this afternoon nailed the episode — key points:

On CNN’s New Day Thursday, global analyst Fareed Zakaria declared, “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night.
To his credit, Zakaria has previously called Trump a “bullshit artist” and said, “He has gotten the presidency by bullshitting.”
But Zakaria apparently thinks firing missiles make one presidential.
On MSNBC, Nicholas Kristof, an aggressive Trump critic, said he “did the right thing” by bombing Syria.
Anchor Brian Williams, whose 11th Hour has regularly been critical of Trump, repeatedly called the missiles “beautiful,” to a noisy backlash on Twitter.

While The New York Times posted several skeptical, even critical stories, it gave us this piece of propaganda: an article initially titled “On Syria attack, Trump’s heart came first,” buying the president’s line that his opposition to anti-Assad military action was reversed by seeing the heartrending photos of children struggling to breathe after a chemical attack.
“Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump declared.
“No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” (No word how he felt about ugly babies.)
The piece also failed to even mention that Trump is keeping refugees from the Syrian war, even children, out of the United States.
Victims of chemical weapons are “beautiful babies”; children trying to flee such violence require “extreme vetting” and an indefinite refugee ban.
After a public outcry, the Times changed the headline.

There remains the possibility that some of this is theater.
It should be said: Some observers, besides RT, say it’s unproven that the chemical weapons attack came from Assad; rebels could be behind it.
There’s also the possibility of a kabuki performance from Trump, Putin, and Assad.
We already know the United States warned Putin of the coming missiles, and that Putin warned Assad, whose military moved airplanes and other military equipment away from the intended target.
Trump, plummeting in the polls, his domestic health-care and tax plans on the rocks, the investigation into Russian election meddling closing in on his team, really needed a boost; maybe they gave it to him.
Trump’s sudden about-face on Syria makes it hard to judge.
However, according to Syrian state media, nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the air strikes.
That is not kabuki.
Trump has said nothing about those “beautiful babies,” nor will he.
Liberals have to sober up and stop being besotted by beautiful missiles and presidential cruelty.
Trump is the same Trump he was Tuesday, and that should scare all of us.

Dangerous theatre of the “bizarre” it be…

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