Alright, let’s tackle that elephant in the room, and then I’ll take your questions…
Killing folks is wrong. War is bad. Launching missiles to kill generals in order to incite a war that can be a distraction to your own impeachment in the hopes of securing an election on the road to a desired position of despotism is … exactly what we all expected from Donald Trump. There was never a question of if, just a question of when. He wants the coming retaliation and doesn’t give a shit how many have to die to get it. In fact, to him, the more bodies the better. Tyrants need causes to topple democracies. Hitler had the Reichstag fire. Putin had the Dubrovka. Trump wants Iran.
Classically, war makes for a great coup on liberty. Propping up your enemies, at home and abroad, as “extremist” and portraying “this moment” as the critical moment in history and “myself” as the only answer is vintage autocracy. Whether Trump is smarter than he looks (doubtful) or happens to be the right man at the right time with the right, fearful, gullible populace and the right warhawks around him (likely), it is the right move. For anyone who puts himself before his people. For anyone who wants to be king. It’s the right move for that.
So here we are. In the last year of this misbegotten presidency with all his corruption on full display, unapologetically. With the call to arms, the cries about enemies in the press and on the American left, the desire to turn brother against brother for the greater glory of a demagogue. As democracy after democracy fails across the globe, with the greed of rampant capitalism giving birth to inequality and oligarchy and fascism and nationalism, and the politics of fear wielded as a weapon to club the masses, we too – the harbingers of modern liberty – now fall prey to the whims of the selfish and the mad.
One of our bad guys killed one of their bad guys. I shed no tears for a bad guy fallen, but neither do I think I ought to make the Joker a hero for taking out the Riddler. Or vice versa. Since coming to power Donald Trump has systematically – no, that’s the wrong word – foolishly made the world more unsafe. This week, for his own self alone, he did it again.
Donald Trump is self-serving and reckless. Always has been. He’s upped the stakes and will continue to do so for his own benefit. If he can he will send our young to die. If he can he will stop the free press. If he can he will rip up the Constitution and burn the Bill of Rights. If he can. He will.
It is up to us to speak truth to power. To hold the corrupt accountable. To preserve democracy.
Killing folks is wrong. War is bad. This was unnecessary. Escalation is unwarranted.
Republican or Democrat, you ought to see that by now.