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Friday, January 10, 2020

Never Trumper realizes it backfired

Stormy Daniels was supposed to do him in. Michael Avenatti. Michael Cohen. Paul Manafort flipping. Roger Stone. The Mueller Report. Impeachment. And as always, World War 3 was supposed to do him in. All three of them, as well as the Depression of 2017. Make that 2018. No, 2019.

But Donald John Trump is still standing tall as President of the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave.

David Brooks of the New York Times is beginning to wonder if it is a good idea to leap on every little thing he does and distort it into an existential threat to America.

Today, Brooks wrote, "The events of the past week have shown that the anti-Trump echo chamber is becoming a mirror image of Trump himself — overwrought, uncalibrated and incapable of having an intelligent conversation about any complex policy problem."

In short, calling our president "impulse-driven, ignorant, narcissistic and intellectually dishonest" was projection.

Brooks called for being saner and more selective in denouncing President Trump. Brooks cited the killing of General قاسم سلیمانی  (I defer to the Arabic spelling).

Brooks wrote, "Stanley McChrystal, a retired general, and Michael Mullen, a retired admiral, thought it was worth the risk. Susan Rice, a former national security adviser, thought it wasn’t.

"But in the anti-Trump echo chamber, that’s not how most people were thinking. Led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, they avoided the hard, complex problem of how to set boundaries around militias. Instead, they pontificated on the easy question not actually on the table: Should we have a massive invasion of Iran?

"A great cry went up from the echo chamber. We’re on the brink of war! Trump is leading us to more endless wars in the Middle East! We’re on the precipice of total chaos! This was not the calibrated language of risk and reward. It was fear-stoking apocalyptic language. By being so overwrought and exaggerated, the echo chamber drowned out any practical conversation about how to stabilize the Middle East so we could have another righteous chorus of 'Donald Trump is a monster!'

"This is Trump’s ultimate victory."

His ultimate victory is world peace, but yes, this hands him a political victory in a year in which he seeks re-election.

Brooks wrote, "The world is more complicated than this cartoon. Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. When it comes to foreign policy, he is not like recent Republicans. He is, as my colleague Ross Douthat put it, a Jacksonian figure, wanting to get America out of foreign entanglements while lobbing a few long-distance attacks to ensure the crazy foreigners stick to killing one another and not us."

I prefer hearkening to the Monroe Doctrine, but calling it Jacksonian is almost as good.

And the president is not abandoning the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states showed in the Yemen war that they are perfectly capable of policing the area. Israel trusts them, why not we?

They headlined the column, "Trump Has Made Us All Stupid." Reviewing their post-Reagan foreign policy decisions, I would say he merely exposed the stupidity of liberals and Never Trumpers. Come on, they are grieving the death of General قاسم سلیمانی now.

Brooks ended his column, "Maybe once the Inflammatory One is finally gone from the scene we can have an intelligent conversation about that."

Why not start one today? If Kim Jong Un can hold talks with President Trump, why can't Obama and all his pussyhats?


  1. The North Korean Fellow wants Burger Kings. The O and P already have them.

  2. Brooks is using the term "Jacksonian" in the sense that Walter Russell Mead defined it along with "Jeffersonian" and "Hamiltonian" I was very impressed with Meads scholarly analysis of US History. But he, like Noonan, voted for the Obimessiah, and until I hear of a very public apology for that, I'll never trust anything they say again.

    1. All the right people did, vote for Obama. Even McCain.

  3. Jackson WAS the last president to leave office with zero nada no national debt.

    a most xlnt compliment.


    1. During Jackson's inaugural celebration the White House was open for visitors. People came in and wandered around.

      According to Jackson, the White House was "The People's House" and the people had a right to see it.

    2. I seem to remember reading somewhere that they actually trashed the place.

      Though one must acknowledge that that might have been a politically motivated "fact", better known in the day as "fakke newsse".

  4. Trump’s unforgivable sin is not treating the credentialed Washington establishment the respect they have not really earned anyway. Instead, he shows that it is possible to be rich and show respect to the average American. Most college educated plus Democrats either believe - via money and/or power - that they really are the country’s betters or seek the money and/or power to become betters. Trump’s behavior towards the average American threatens to expose the motives of Democrats that standing up for minorities or the working person is a code for wanting to make money off such divisions. If you don’t believe me, then compare the net worth of the past US Presidents before and 5 years after they leave office. I will leave you to check which party the greatest gainers belong to. Also, the voting patterns of the wealthiest counties in the America, of which a significant number belong in and around Washington DC. Our “betters” indeed.

  5. Brooks is a putz. While he, along with many others should be shunned, it is telling he understands that his actions have been futile.

    Thing is, he still thinks he is right.

  6. The president who had delivered more to the economy, American citizens and faced down murderous bullies other presidents placated and kowtowed to is "overwrought, uncalibrated and incapable of having an intelligent conversation about any complex policy problem."

    And Bruce Jenner is a woman.

  7. A good place to begin not writing or commenting on Trump is to not write or comment about him. Well, maybe next time he won't.

  8. Minor correction: Iranians are not Arabs.

  9. So, Trump is getting it right but he's still a dud President anyway. Did I understand Mr Brooks correctly?
    It's Happy Days all over again. Fonzie to Ralph: I was w-www-wrrrrr....

  10. How disturbing is that image of men in pissy-hats? I use the word men loosely.

    1. By default, it makes them dickheads.

  11. It is pretty clear that the pendulum had swung extremely far to the Left and the question is whether there is any more room for it to travel in that direction.


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