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Is Trump Going Off the Rails or Just Possibly Getting Back on Track?

A crazy thought:

No surprise there. Clearly, the American people are sick of this country’s decades-long policy of permanent war — a policy that become firmly ensconced after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon with passage of the 2001 congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force (still in effect). And Trump knows this.

So could it be that, with his polls stuck in the 30-40 percent range, and with establishment attackers closing in and with a growing number of women he has had extra-marital relations with, some of whom are suing him, seeking court action, Trump has decided he needs to expand his base by doing something no president since, perhaps, Jimmy Carter has dared to do, namely cutting back on US military adventurism and trimming military spending? (In real numbers, Carter’s four annual budgets actually increased Pentagon spending a bit each year, but that can be attributed to the increased wage and benefit costs of implementing the 1973 switch to an all-volunteer army, not to actually increasing the size of the military.)

Probably not, I admit. This president has a marked tendency to, as he did in Ohio, go “off script,” saying things that his handlers in the White House and the various involved departments — in this case State and Pentagon — immediately attempt to explain away. And in fact press officers in both those agencies, besieged for comment by shocked establishment media reporters, were quick to declare that they “had not heard of any plans” for the US to pull out of Syria or the Middle East more generally.

So perhaps the Ohio speech was all more Trump BS, like his annoyingly repetitive call to “build a beautiful wall” along the Mexican border, or his ludicrous claim that the economy is growing under his guidance “like never before.”

But what if Trump really is seriously ready to bring the US involvement in Syria to an end and to let “others” — which would have to mean Russia, Syria and Turkey, and of course the Syrian government of Basher al-Assad — handle things in Syria? What if he’s really serious about bringing America’s immensely costly and bloody involvement in other various conflicts across the Middle East to a close? What if he really does want to pull the US military back within America’s wall-less borders and to focus his efforts going forward on adding domestic jobs?

I can tell you one thing: if that were the case, his and the Republicans’ dismal-looking prospects in this November’s off-year congressional elections would turn around quickly, as would his even more dismal 2020 re-election prospects.

I don’t know whether the guy could ever get rid of the angry women he has abused, scorned and allegedly attempted to silence by money and threats, but he could find a well-spring of heretofore unavailable support by returning the US to the community of nations instead of allowing it to continue as a widely loathed rogue one, and by shrinking instead of expanding a colossal Pentagon’s budget that eats up half of all federal discretionary spending.

Since, as we know, what this psychologically damaged man wants most in life in life is applause, approval and adoration, perhaps he might then consider how granting security to all those DACA residents he threw into limbo last year, and how responding favorably to the student crusade against sale and ownership of assault weapons might further boost his sorry-looking poll numbers.



story | by Dr. Radut