The Trump Administration is creating one crisis after another and all because Mr. Trump couldn’t wait to hit the ground running. The problem is that he didn’t have a plan or a destination. In his haste to change everything, he has made several strategic and tactical blunders, blunders that you and I will have to pay for. Let me list but a few.
- The ban on refugees and immigration from certain countries is having international repercussions.
- The Australian phone call
- The Steve Bannon threat
- The military mission that failed
- The relentless bashing of Mexico
Issue Number One; Refugees. Everyone knows that Trump has stopped all immigration from Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. One has to ask, why those countries when no one from any of them has killed a U.S. citizen in a terror attack. Strangely, the countries from which the 9-11 hijackers came which include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon were left free to travel at their pleasure. Even stranger yet is the fact that the ban also did not include Muslim-majority countries where the Trump Organization does business. They include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
Not only does the Trump policy make no sense in terms of national security, it clearly shows that countries with which he does business were left alone and that’s a real conflict of interest and one he should be called upon to explain.
Now a Federal judge has ended the ban and the country is awaiting the administration’s next legal action. In the meantime, the President called the judge who issued the stay a “so-called” judge. Trump just can’t seem to learn. This judge was a Republican appointee, who got nearly unanimous approval at his confirmation hearing. He is a respected member of the BAR and not a so-called judge. This is the most thin-skinned president we’ve ever had and he is out of control.
Issue number two; Australia. The nation down under while small in both population and economy, has been one of America’s staunchest allies through two world wars and every other conflict since. They stood by us when the rest of the world wouldn’t and now Trump has offended them by getting angry with their Prime Minister because of an agreement to accept Syrian Refugees that President Obama worked out with the Kangaroo nation. Trump has all the tact and diplomacy of a caveman seeking food for his starving family. Trump should leave some things to the professionals. The state department with their new leader, even though he is untested, would likely know better than to get into a fight with a friend. One has to ask why he would fight with Australia and defend Russia, the nation that hacked our election. Where is Trump’s head and is there no one in that administration who can talk to him about his temper. If all he has on staff are “Yes,” people we are in for the roughest four years in history, if he isn’t tossed out on his head before then.
In a related development Trump has joined Russia, China, and radical Islam as a threat to Europe, says Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.
In a letter to national leaders, the conservative former Polish prime minister called on Europeans to stick together to avoid domination by three other continental powers. He said the E.U. faces its biggest challenge in 60-years because of an “assertive China,” “Russia’s aggressive policy” toward its neighbors, “radical Islam” fueling anarchy in the Middle East along with mounting worries about the new American administration.”
Issue number three; Steve Bannon. The former publisher of Breitbart news. Bannon, not Trump is said to be guiding the direction of White House policies and agenda. Bannon, has no loyalty to any political party, despises Paul Ryan and will be happy to topple both the Democrats and the GOP. He is, according to some analysts, using the White House to create a populist conservative movement based on “ Fascist style economic nationalism, anti-globalization, anti-free trade, anti-immigration and job creation by rebuilding infrastructure.” He depends on the type of voter who sees waging total war against Islam as the only way to ensure white, Christian Democracy will continue. He has made it clear that if eliminating terrorism means eliminating all of Islam then that’s what will have to be done.
Recently President Trump named Bannon to the National Security Council while at the same time removing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of national intelligence. This is unprecedented and makes no sense. Fortunately, an old law turned up that may require Bannon be approved by the U.S. Senate for the position. So far he has been able to avoid that kind of questioning. Now he will either have to subject himself to it or give up the post. I hope it is the latter.
Issue number four; the failed military mission. The Reuters News Service quoted “U.S. military officials” as saying that the assault—Trump’s first covert counterterrorism operation—went forth “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” As a result, according to “three officials,” the attacking SEAL team “found itself dropping onto a reinforced Al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamic extremists.”
After being dropped by aircraft near the compound, the US Special Forces members engaged in a fierce firefight with suspected Al Qaida militants, according to US officials. Chief Petty Officer William Owens, a member of the elite US Navy Special Forces unit Seal Team 6, was killed in the battle, which is reported to have lasted about 50 minutes.
Three other US service members were injured when an Osprey MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft made a hard landing during the operation, Capt. Davis said, adding that the inoperable Osprey was subsequently destroyed in place by a US air strike.
Medics at the scene told Reuters news agency that about 30 people were killed, including 10 women and children, while a Yemeni official told the New York Times that at least eight women and seven children aged between three and 13 years old had died.
Issue number five; Mexico bashing. Trump’s constant Harassment of the Mexicans is having a very negative effect inside Mexico. His constant talk about the wall and the questionable moral character of Mexicans along with his talk of a possible 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports will hurt both countries in the long run. So far the wall has not even been started and no new tariff is in sight yet, the Mexican Peso is in tumbling rapidly and analysts say the New President’s attitude toward Mexico is partially responsible. If the Mexican economy tanks and sends the nation into a recession that could bode poorly for both nations. Our economy would take a hit, but more importantly, if the Mexican economy slows down and their job growth disappears we likely will see a very large increase in illegal border crossings, before a wall is constructed and before the Border Patrol gets the reinforcements and extra money that Trump has promised.
An injured Mexican economy hurts both countries, but one that is robust and growing can cast benefits both ways. It might be wise for Mr. Trump to consider helping them, rather than hindering their growth. Here’s more info on the Mexican economy. http://www.focus-economics.com/countries/mexico
Those are five very heavy duty issues and I only gave them momentary consideration. They deserve greater attention, but then so do a lot of the President’s other initiatives. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
Finally this parting thought. Some see my criticism of Mr. Trump as unwarranted and not giving him a chance. I do not criticize Trump out of partisanship. I do so as an American citizen who cares for my country. I want him to succeed. I want him to accomplish great things, but I would be derelict in my duty as a citizen if I didn’t offer either criticism or praise whenever possible. I can praise his ideas on repairing our infrastructure. I can praise his commitment to our veterans and I can praise his awareness of the need for well-paying jobs right here in the U.S. Those are all good things. But!!!! He must step back and slow down, pandemonium only serves to confuse. He can’t accomplish all he wants to do in the first few days or even months of his presidency and he can’t do it by Executive order either. He is operating as a sovereign and should take more time to think things through. There are already rumblings of discontent in the GOP. Those rumblings could turn into civil war if he doesn’t slow down and include the leadership of both parties in his plans. You were elected for four years Mr. President. There’s time. Take it!
Finally this parting thought. Some see my criticism of Mr. Trump as unwarranted and not giving him a chance. I do not criticize Trump out of partisanship. I do so as an American citizen who cares for my country. I want him to succeed. I want him to accomplish great things, but I would be derelict in my duty as a citizen if I didn’t offer either criticism or praise whenever possible. I can praise his ideas on repairing our infrastructure. I can praise his commitment to our veterans and I can praise his awareness of the need for well-paying jobs right here in the U.S. Those are all good things. But!!!! He must step back and slow down. He can’t accomplish all he wants to do in the first few days of his presidency and he can’t do it by Executive order either. He is operating as a sovereign and should take more time to think things through. There are already rumblings of discontent in the GOP. Those rumblings could turn into civil war if he doesn’t slow down and include the leadership of both parties in his plans. You were elected for four years Mr. President. There’s time. Take it!
Why I sign off with the word “Peace.”
From February of 1966 to December of 1974 I hosted a radio talk show called Viewpoint. It was one of the first political call-in shows in the country. Each day at the end of the show I signed off with one word, “Peace.”
In December of 2016, I started a political blog on WordPress called Bob Aronson’s Viewpoint. I was going to sign off each blog with that same word until I discovered that Keith Olbermann was using it on his TV show and I didn’t want people to think I’d stolen the sign off from him so instead I chose, “and from where I sit, that’s the truth.”
Yesterday two of my fans (Perhaps the only ones) my wife, Robin and sister in law April, strongly suggested that I take my traditional sign off back, that it wasn’t Olberman’s it was mine. I was using it when he was a child. So, I’m going to follow their advice. It completes the circle. You’re on notice Olbermann I’m taking “Peace” back.