Today in Trumpian idiocy
Over the weekend, a handful of powerful Arab states, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism. Here's a good precis of why this crisis has erupted.
Needless to say, an internecine fight erupting among key US allies is not something a normal administration would want to see. Remember, Qatar is host to the largest US military base in the region, from where Central Command manages the air war against IS.
However, this is not a normal administration.
That's right. Moronic president Donald Trump, rather than intervening to mediate between key allies, is egging on the fight, siding with the Saudis—who, remember, won't let our military personnel on its soil due to backlash from Islamists—and sticking a knife in Qatar.
We can argue the rights and wrongs of the crisis. To quote an airhead, Qatar is no angel. But the idea that a US president would engage in this sort of schoolyard diatribe is now the new normal. We have a chief executive who has no grace, no diplomacy. As the noose tightens around him for his collusion with Russia to steal our elections, he will lash out more frequently, doing politically and diplomatically what Hitler did physically: leave the Republic a ruin, a pariah in the world, untrusted. If we can't appreciate his brilliance then we deserve to go down as a state.
The 25% of the electorate which is his rabid base obviously won't care. It can't find Qatar on a map. All it sees is Trump sticking it to some Ay-rabs. But the world is looking on in horror. In a couple of tweets, Trump has ended an alliance. Did he know our biggest airbase in the region is in Qatar? Would it have mattered if he did? Facts don't impinge on his thought processes. He is guided by sheer reptilian instinct.
I pity the next Democratic president. He or she will have an exponentially harder job fixing America's world standing that Barack Obama had. George W. Bush was a disaster. Donald Trump is an extinction level event.
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