Monday, July 09, 2018

Useful Idiots

Jonathan Manthorpe understands Donald Trump. He understands that, where Trump goes, destruction follows:

Trump has denounced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as “obsolete” and pointedly shied away from committing to the pledge to mutual defence that is at the heart of the alliance. He has rudely dismissed all Washington’s trade alliances, especially the free-trade pact with Canada and Mexico, as means by which the U.S. is bled dry. The World Trade Organization has treated the U.S. “very badly.” In an unmatched piece of absurd ignorance, Trump even said the European Union “was put there to take advantage of the United States.”
Having abused the best friends of the U.S., Trump flew to Singapore to fawn on North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, one of the world’s nastiest despots with a record of killing even his closest relatives who get out of line.
But Kim played Trump like a violin. In return for giving Trump a glossy ten-by-eight of them shaking hands and a meaningless piece of paper with vague promises about peace and plenty, Kim got recognition from Washington that North Korea is in the club of nuclear weapons powers. He also got a de facto end to economic sanctions.

Kim recognizes that Trump is a useful idiot. So does Vladimir Putin. Ex KJB types know a useful idiot when they see one:

By his character and nature Trump was pre-programmed to betray the U.S., and Putin – alert KGB man that he is – saw a pigeon ready for the plucking.
Trump is a narcissist who, lacking any creative urges or abilities, uses chaos and destruction to ensure the focus of attention is always on him. Like many weak and self-pitying people, Trump is a bully who berates all those around him to hide the fact that he has nothing sensible to say and no vision of what might be created. He strikes out because he fears more knowledgeable and insightful people may expose his unplumbed shallowness. He lies because he fears the truth.

Whether Robert Mueller can prove that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election is irrelevant. He's colluding with them now.

And a huge segment of the American population refuses to see that. There is more than one useful idiot in the United States.


The Mound of Sound said...

It is increasingly difficult to see how this ends, where America will be by 2020. Will Trump be propelled to a second term as quite a few suggest? Can the United States withstand that much destruction? What a mess.

the salamander said...

.. I believe it was Robert Reich who penned an exceptional takedown of Trump and his whiny 'smokescree' - endlessly tweeting about 'no collusion' - whitch hunt - and blaring insults at all & sundry.. while lying daily. Reich points out that 'collusion' is essentially impossible to prove and the Robert Mueller is actually tracking

- Conspiracy
- Perjury
- Obstruction of Justice
- Money laundering
- Charitable mis-spending
and of course the Russian election interference

Owen Gray said...

It really is hard to see how this ends, Mound. But I'm more and more certain that it will not end well. It's been fifty years and lots of people have forgotten that, when Americans put their minds to it, they can do a a good job of burning their cities down.

Owen Gray said...

I'm sure that Mueller will deliver a list of charges as long as Trump's arm, sal. But, with a new Supreme Court Justice who believes you can't indict a sitting president, Trump may escape the law.