There are many precedents a prudent man should eschew. For instance, if you want sex with females rather than hay bales you should not hide an inner tube in your neck like Michael Moore. Similarly, if you want a legacy beyond universal contempt, you should not pour your presidency into frivolous foreign wars like George W. Bush.
If his flock of offspring is any indication, Trump probably has sex with women well covered. Though there is cause for substantial trepidation on other fronts of friction.
China is posturing in the Pacific, where it’s own brand of greatness rejuvenation is being tied conspicuously by Peking to regional hegemony. The shadow of this colossal Asian sedge hat has been drifting steadily outward into the territorial fringes of its highly disquieted neighbors. The Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, and Taiwan have all chaffed at this encroachment, which Peking has thus far dismissed with bland inscrutability.
Of course the US Seventh Fleet poses a bit less-trifling matter, and thus the ongoing conversion of the Spratly archipelago into an unsinkable aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. This being intended to project Chinese area supremacy and no platform US naval units like they were an alt-right twitter account.
American officialdom has responded with reciprocal statements of conviction that these contested atolls will not become a Chinese military base and missile launch pad. One of these countries is going to be proven wrong. And sometimes people with wrong ideas end up on the bottom of the ocean.
A like situation is developing with Iran, the long-established recipient of America’s foreign policy pique. Like China, Tehran has ambitions of regional dominance (or at least recalcitrance to US-Israeli dominance). Whether these ambitions include a reprise of the Achaemenid Empire, and immortals landing in Greece I don’t know. But what isn’t in dispute are the frequent fireworks displays ongoing in that country. This being an action (like China’s island dredging) that America’s Sikh UN envoy has called “absolutely unacceptable.”
Absolutely unacceptable. That’s what Lindsey Graham said when he learned Ryan Seacrest was heterosexual. But in reality it was completely acceptable, because the stricken senator possessed no means of recourse. For something to actually be unacceptable, you must have the intent and capability to not accept it. Otherwise, it’s just absolutely not to my liking, which is a different concept entirely.
In both the cases of China and Iran, America has the ability to actually not accept the actions it has redlined as unacceptable. But not accepting a few missile launches during peacetime means you do accept many missile launches at war. So either way, Iran is launching missiles. The only question is how many and at whom.
Finally, there is Russia. Unlike his belligerence toward China and Iran, Trump has struck a prudently conciliatory tone with Putin. Which is good, since managing a desperately needed and viciously opposed domestic agenda can sometimes prove thorny in the midst of a three-front foreign war.
VLADIMIR Putin has ordered his army and air force to prepare for a ‘time of war’ during a check of the country’s armed forces.
The warning is a likely a response to the massive NATO operations currently underway in eastern Europe.
Germany and NATO this week underscored their commitment to beefing up the defence of eastern Europe’s border with Russia as the first of four new batallions under the North Atlantic alliance’s banner arrived in Lithuania.
The German-led battle group of 1,000 troops in Lithuania will be joined this year by a U.S-led deployment in Poland, British-led troops in Estonia and Canadian-led troops in Latvia.
I’m not sure what is the source of Putin’s agitation. I mean if Russia wanted to mount a few innocuous missiles in oh let’s just say Cuba, I doubt we’d act like such petulant pricks about it.
I don’t know if madness and malevolence will actually propel us to another grisly white fratricide, though there’s only so many of those we have left in us to enjoy. And toward that end, NATO troops were subject to inspection by the Earth’s most discerning military eye.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Europe realised it needed to strengthen defence cooperation and was doing more to solve its own problems.
She also said U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis reassured her about Washington’s commitment to NATO in a recent telephone call.
“After what we discussed, I have no doubt about his deep conviction in the importance of NATO and the commitment of the Americans within NATO to what we have agreed,” she said at a welcoming ceremony at Lithuania’s Rukla military base, 62 miles from the Russian border.
A photo accompanied the article.
We should very much hope Trump will command an end to these ludicrously antagonistic gestures. I realize the prospect of nukes rotting in their silos keeps John McCain awake at night in a cold sweat. However, it also keeps our President focused on the issues for which we hired him. A war would certainly arouse the neocons, just as it would leave MAGA impotent.
Instead of planting mushroom clouds, Trump should seek a detente that peels Russia away from China and into a more natural orbit with its occidental cousins. The great global conflict is no longer East v. West, it is South swamping North. And fighting the last cold war is another of those precedents that only the dimmest don’t eschew.