I know I’ve been neglecting this blog. Apparently, March isn’t a very good month for my mental health. My Facebook memories tell me that I’ve checked out of social media for most of the last two Marches. I’m not sure if it’s going to be something that I should start worrying about each year. I can’t remember what was going on last year — other than a prolonged depressive episode that had lasted for many months. But this year, I think part of the problem was that I’m just tired of politics.
I just can’t believe that people are saying that Donald Trump has finally “become President of the United States”
Well, not necessarily politics, per se. I just didn’t want to see a bunch of alternating opinions in my newsfeed of how wonderful President Trump is doing and how terrible he’s doing. I generally fall in line with the view that he’s not doing a tremendous job. I’ve kept up with the news, but in my more sensitive emotional state, I’ve tried to avoid engaging in any discussion about it. Hopefully, I’m past that. I seriously want to engage.
Right now, I just can’t believe that people are saying that Donald Trump has finally “become President of the United States” after ordering a missile strike on a Syrian missile base. They said it after he briefly flashed some maturity during his address to Congress, as well, and he quickly deteriorated into childish Twitter rants and deflections away from the investigation into the Russian government’s interference into the 2016 election.
I certainly don’t think it really clears the air of any alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian intelligence.
And, no, I won’t suggest that the strike was entirely a diversion from the investigation. I certainly don’t think it really clears the air of any alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian intelligence. Trump had to order that strike, not merely to show he’s not a puppet of Vladimir Putin — “No, you’re the puppet” — but to show that he wasn’t “weak,” like his predecessor.
I’m not going to get into a defense of President Obama’s decision not to attack Syria without consent of Congress. Trump, himself, wanted Obama to get approval from Congress. Republicans and Democrats in Washington can argue about what the right thing to do is and who should approve it. They’ll probably never agree about attacking another country, unless our country is attacked. I seriously doubt this situation is going to deteriorate into a declaration of war.
I don’t necessarily agree that ordering the missile strike needed to be done out of any “. . . vital national security interest of the United States. . .” I don’t think we’re in any significant danger of any chemical weapons being used against the US. However, I, myself, can agree that launching some Tomahawks at a Syrian airbase is a measured response that should send the right message to the Assad Regime. But, I’m also not going to get into an argument about how “effective” the strike was. . .
The damage report from Trump’s “decisive” airstrike: 1 cafeteria, 6 already-broken planes, some fuel units, and a training room destroyed. pic.twitter.com/Xt7IGHn10c
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 8, 2017
Targets of U.S. cruise missile strike. pic.twitter.com/mFYiFqUWV0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 9, 2017
I looked at some articles with satellite images of the airfield, and it looks like there was damage to some of the aircraft shelters. If nothing else, I agree with the Department of Defense press release. The missile strike should send a message. I’m certainly more convinced that there’s significant damage to the Shayrat Airfield than we should have been about any satellite images used to persuade us that Iraq had any chemical weapons.
A 70-year-old seething reactionary isn’t suddenly going to become decorous.
But back to our magically transformed President of the United States. Sure, transformational moments happen, but real change takes work. A 70-year-old seething reactionary isn’t suddenly going to become decorous. That kind of change takes real work, unless you’re in a movie. I’m also not going to fall for the idea that President Trump was so moved by the images of “. . . beautiful babies. . . cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.”
He can’t have avoided pictures of children who were victims of the 2013 gas attacks, and there’s no way he’s avoided images of children who’ve died trying to flee Syria. He must have seen footage of the little boy in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo. Surely, he’s seen these images, but I will have to agree with him. For, indeed, “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
I’m not going to say that President Trump is incapable of being moved to action by the images of child victims of war. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility. I guess I just don’t trust him. Why should I? He hasn’t displayed much of any personal integrity. He’ll say what gets cheers in his rallies and whatever got him the votes to win the election. He hasn’t shown any sort of consistency.
It will take quite a bit to show me that he’s developed the maturity to govern wisely and soberly. He hasn’t shown it yet.