As the spy vs. spy circus continues, America is ever more vulnerable to attack for its lack of leadership

If ever the United States was vulnerable to an attack it is now. We have an incompetent administration in Washington headed by an incompetent president who tries to cover up his inadequacy by middle-of-the-night tweets and threats to his enemies, who now include legislators within his own Republican Party.

His so-called cabinet and staff are busy infighting, and the whole crew from the boss on down is enmeshed in some bizarre Russian spy and election sabotage scandal and so far totally unsubstantiated allegations by President Donald Trump that the previous president, Barack Obama, was using the government to spy on and sabotage the Trump election campaign.

I mean no one ever did see McCarthy’s list of known communists (early 1950s) in the government that he talked about and through which he disrupted and ruined lives and careers before he was shown to be a mad man — and not to say there were not spies and treason then and now, but we need proof, proof that is specific and real and that is public. We are getting little to none of that so far.

It all seems a jumble to me, and possibly all blown out of proportion on all sides. So far all I can make out is that it is possible that in the process of trying to find out what the Russians were up to the Obama administration got some Trump campaign contacts with Russians, or contacts, innocent or not, involving people somehow connected to Trump in their nets.

It almost seems like that (and you have to be a baby boomer to get this maybe) funny cartoon that appeared in Mad Magazine, Spy v. Spy. Both sides were tripping all over each other. Or maybe it was like that episode on the television show MASH where two Keystone cop-style American intelligence types (Col. Flagg was one) were stepping over each other in a competition between our myriad of intelligence agencies.

Meanwhile the world goes on without the United States in the forefront. President Donald Trump is making us a second-rate country.

Instead of the United States leading the free world, it is now left up to maybe Germany (Great Britain being mired in its own self-inflicted Brexit problems), with maybe China as the leader of the not-free world and ISIS as leader of world terror.

If this crew can’t even get a bill through congress with GOP majorities in both houses and supposedly an electorate behind them (but not so much maybe), if they can’t handle something within, how in the heck could they handle something from without?

It is observed that crises often can bring a nation together but one has to wonder if that would hold true in the United States today with so much disunity and distrust and with no leadership to look up to or depend upon.

We must remember that Trump was elected by a minority via a quirk in our voting system known as the Electoral College. In reality he has no mandate. He may have hardcore supporters, but one wonders how long they can hold onto the myth that their man is some kind of wonder hero who can transcend politics and the realities of a complicated world. He just recently, by his own admission, discovered that the health care issue is complex.

p.s.

I wanted to say something about Trump’s directives that the U.S. do an about-face on climate change and environmental regulations. But that is part of the danger of extremism politics on the right and left. It’s regulation overkill vs. pragmatic and responsible stewardship of our planet — we have to come to common ground for survival.

(And I just want to add that I am definitely not a climate change denier. I defer to the consensus of the scientific community and I have read nothing to the effect that there is any real doubt that man-made actions are contributing to the change of climate and destruction of our atmosphere. However, I also know one can get carried away with it all. I live in California, and when we have a drought, the blame is put on man-induced climate change, and then when it is followed by an extremely wet cycle, same thing. Well that dry and wet cycle has been the pattern since I was born in 1949, and while I have not looked up the climate records, I’m fairly sure that cycle has been fairly consistent through the centuries.)

Also, giving the military a freer hand in our ongoing wars sounds good to a point, but do we really have any strategy? Allowing continuous loss of lives of both our soldiers and innocent civilians is criminal outside of a clear and convincing written out strategy that sets forth the purpose and goal of our actions. I mean civilians will be killed — war is hell.

While I realize the nature of our modern wars (since World War II) has changed, I still believe we should only fight wars when it is clearly a matter of self-defense or to put it another way, our nation’s survival (we were originally interested in the Middle East because that was our main oil supply point — we overthrew governments to protect it and keep the Soviets out — and we complain that the Russians today are meddling in our politics?), and when we do so, we should only fight to win. Our history shows endless stalemates cost us needless bloodshed and cost us money that could be used in a much more productive manner — providing healthcare for all?

I kind of thought that is (most of it) how Trump feels more or less, from what he said in the campaign. Problem is, most likely he does not know how to get there any better than anyone else. I should say he has not a clue.

 

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