2 thoughts on “Trump: Leading by the seat of his diapers

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-rogue-presidency-the-era-of-containing-trump-is-over/2018/12/22/26fc010e-055b-11e9-b5df-5d3874f1ac36_story.html?utm_term=.5971cf95bfc0&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

    Here is an article from today’s Washington Post. It lays it out there
    clearly. The famous tension between the more establishment figures in
    Trump’s administration and Trump himself has now ended… in favor of
    Trump. He has crossed a Rubicon. As the article points out, he is now
    relying purely on his hard core supporters, as channeled through Fox News
    and those like Ann Coulter, and his own “instincts”. “I have a gut, and my
    gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can tell me,” he
    recently said.

    The article quotes a “former senior official” of Trump’s administration as
    saying “an intervention (!) might be necessary.”

    John Reimann marxmail


  2. *AMY* *GOODMAN**:* Finally, before we go to break, Yazan, I wanted to ask
    you about President Trump saying that ISIS has been destroyed, many people
    calling this that George W. Bush moment when he said “mission accomplished”
    in Iraq.

    *YAZAN** AL-**SAADI**:* Yeah, I mean, it’s like—you know, it’s a very
    Trumpian moment. I mean, he said it on Twitter. Wonderful, great.

    I don’t think, I mean, whether—regardless if the U.S. remains or leaves,
    what is the problem in battling ISIS is the same problem we’ve been seeing
    since the start of the global war on terror 17 years ago. And you cannot
    defeat extremism and terrorism with war. You need to offer alternatives.
    You need to deal with the core issues that are driving these things, which
    is political issues, social issues, economic issues—true liberation and
    representation for the people and communities. And this is a major failure
    we’re seeing, whether from, you know, the states—not just the U.S., I’m
    talking about nation-states, internationally.

    And the problem, as well, is that the global war on terror mentality,
    discourse, ethos has been appropriated by a lot of governments worldwide.
    And it’s been utterly destructive. I mean, I was thinking about it. There
    is like a tragic reminiscence of like al-Qaeda. It seems like al-Qaeda was
    a cup of tea compared to what we’re seeing today. And I do think we’re
    going to see worse things tomorrow, because the key issues aren’t being
    dealt with, and these powers that be are really not interested in dealing
    with them, because this means a complete change of the *status quo*. This
    means changing core issues, whether it’s discrimination, injustice—all
    these things. So, they’re not interested. And actually, they benefit by
    having this continual enemy. They always benefit, and we get screwed as



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