Trump’s Ten Trillion Dollar Political Stunt

Upon entering office in 2017, one of the first actions by our vainglorious, inept, and petty “president” was to tear up our treaty with Iran, which had been working.  He did so in his besetting and woeful ignorance of foreign policy, motivated only by his all-consuming jealousy of his predecessor and his deep and irrational desire to undo as many accomplishments by Barack Obama as possible. 

Why would Trump have taken this reckless action, endangering us–not only the United States, but also the citizens of the world–with another protracted war in the Middle East? When you are a president under the threat of impeachment, who is historically under water in the polls and facing an uphill battle for re-election, what should you do to change the conversation from your deeply-flawed presidency?  If you are an honorable, patriotic, visionary leader, you keep your nose to the grindstone and work as hard for the American people in the time that you have remaining. But if you are a profoundly corrupt, narcissistic, self-serving demagogue, you pull a stunt war that will shed innocent blood and burn through untold trillions of the tax dollars that we are stealing from our great grandchildren.

Why does Trump insist on smashing all political safeguards? Did he consult with Congress prior to this raid (as he is constitutionally bound to do)? Did he consult our allies whom he has been systematically alienating for the past three years, while cultivating closer relationships with totalitarian dictators instead? Did he consult the former presidents who have expertise in dealing with Iran? No. Apparently he only consulted his moronic son, Eric, who tweeted about it before the attack. Our troops who put their lives on the line deserve a carefully considered foreign policy by a wise and competent commander in chief, not a capricious one by a desperate candidate.

Moscow Mitch would not allow President Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office, and Obama had high approval ratings. Trump is the most politically vulnerable incumbent in a generation, and now we are going to allow him to plunge us into another endless, pointless foreign war?

When have we recently been successful in one of these wars?  And remind me, did Iran invade us? Attack us to provoke this response? If Trump’s recklessness leads to war,we will still be in Iran a generation from now and the untold trillions we waste there could have been spent on Flint’s drinking water, infrastructure, education, health care, high-speed train service, environmental clean up. But no, we will pump it into the military industrial complex. 

Ask yourself this: If your child dies in this political stunt by Trump, will it have been worth it?

Published by timnichols

First and foremost, I’m a dad. After that, by day I am a professor of Education at Alfred University, by night I'm a dog lover, a cancer survivor, and a daydreamer. Here are some thoughts and lessons learned from my journey…

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