Ask Yourself: Will Donald Trump EVER Become President?

As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the president bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the president bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media. It’s been a week now since Donald Trump once again became our president.Here’s how it happened.After he unleashed missiles on a Syrian airfield, members of Washington’s national security establishment and élite pundits swooned. Top Democrats and Republicans led the way. Good soldiers all in the military-industrial-political complex, they stood smartly at attention and saluted the commander-in-chief for sending a message to the world, although exactly what the message meant remains far from clear.

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The headline above Glenn Greenwald’s story at The Intercept summed up the response: “The Spoils of War — Trump Lavished with Media and Bipartisan Praise for Bombing Syria.” The hawkish Hillary Clinton, who long had been critical of Barack Obama for not bringing Bashar Assad to heel, “appeared at an event” — and this was before the bombing even happened! — “and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning.”

Up in the choir loft, the media and pundits sang as one from the official hymnal, praising Trump’s “presidential moment” and transforming him from a pathetic dunderhead suffering from narcissistic personality disorder into the Lord of Hosts. It was CNN’s Fareed Zakaria who pronounced the decision to fire away as the “big moment” when “Donald Trump became president of the United States.”

The theatrics were perfect. The Pentagon shopped to the media a video of the missiles as they were lofted up and away. MSNBC’s Brian Williams was among those moved by the aesthetics of violence: “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two Navy vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean. I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.’”

When I heard those words, I thought back to that night in 2003 when another president lit up the skies over Baghdad with the “shock and awe” of his air attack on Iraq. Suddenly the press was talking about George W. Bush as if he were George Washington, George Marshall and George Patton rolled into one. A touch of George III came later, as our newly refurbished president donned a flight suit and strutted aboard the aircraft carrier with the banner behind him that read: “Mission Accomplished.” Not quite.

Then a more recent scene and another miraculous moment came to mind, from six weeks ago — Feb. 28, to be exact. Donald Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress. He paused, pointed to the balcony and recognized the widow of the Navy SEAL who was killed during a raid on an alleged terrorist compound in Yemen, the very first military mission dispatched into harm’s way by the brand-new commander-in-chief himself.

That mission went badly, so much so that at least two dozen local civilians, including women and children, were killed. Trump did not mention them. He focused on honoring the grieving widow in the balcony who was trying, unsuccessfully, to hold back her tears as wave after wave of applause rolled across the House chamber and ricocheted from wall to wall.

There’s much more to read at: Ask Yourself: Will Donald Trump EVER Become President? @alternet


  1. I remember that fireworks in the sky over Iraq and I remember weeping about it.
    I saw a video clip of before and during and after the bombing in Syria, and thinking, this is not right. It was horrific.
    They keep saying there was no civilian loss of life, but how do they know this? And do we really believe them?
    Why does a president who bombs another country get to suddenly be Presidential….?

    I am now, cynic that I am, waiting for the retaliatory attack from Syria. It doesnt just end there, it isnt as if the entire ISIS movement was wiped out in one blow…

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    1. It never ends with one big bomb, except, I suppose in Japan and even there, it took two. And in the end, it never really ends at all. How many unpopular presidents have started wars to improve their popularity? Didn’t work for Bush, either.

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  2. I’ll never forget I was in the CBS MarketWatch control room the night the second Iraq war started. Everybody was oozing and awning over the video of Baghdad being reduced to rubble. I was the only person in the room going “Uh, guys, we are invading a country that’s done nothing to us. The guys who invade a country are the bad guys. Do any of you remember World War One, or Two? All I got was blank stares.


    1. We are a very warlike country. It has taken me a really long time to realize that starting wars is one of our “things.” I can’t actually count the number of wars in which we have engaged in my lifetime. When Vietnam was finally over, I though “Phew. NOW we get some peace.” Yeah. Right.

      And no one in this country knows any history … or can add without a calculator.


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