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Reality Sets In

by baldilocks

Don­ald Her­bert Walker Trump–Zman on the Amer­i­can mis­sile strike in Syria:

Trump won the nom­i­na­tion and the pres­i­dency on one core issue. He would be the Pres­i­dent of the United States, not the Pres­i­dent of the world. That was his line. He repeated it often. It allegedly cap­tured his one core belief. What is good for Amer­ica is what is good for Amer­i­cans and the gov­ern­ment should always be work­ing to fur­ther the inter­est of Amer­i­cans, over the inter­ests of foreigners.

The fact that some­thing so obvi­ous and sane has to be explained speaks to the degen­er­acy of our age. But, we live in a time when we have to debate phys­i­cal real­ity with peo­ple who insist things like biol­ogy and math are a plot by a mys­tery cult of white men to keep down women and non-​whites. Still, Trump run­ning on a plat­form of ratio­nal­ity, and win­ning on the plat­form, gave a lot of peo­ple, includ­ing me, a spark of hope. Maybe what comes next does not have to be what always comes next.

Yes­ter­day, the alt-​right and even many sea­soned geezers like me took a body blow when Trump aban­doned every­thing he said over the last two years and embraced the idiocy of yet another war in the Mid­dle East. Not only is he embrac­ing the lunacy of the trai­tor­ous neo­cons, he is risk­ing war with Rus­sia. His “rea­son” for con­demn­ing him­self to ruin is that his daugh­ter got the sads over see­ing pic­tures of dead kids in Syria. She takes to twit­ter over this lat­est agit-​prop and in a day daddy is launch­ing mis­siles at Assad.

Many who were gung-​ho for the Trump can­di­dacy and pres­i­dency are ticked off about this or at least ques­tion­ing it. Thus, they are catch­ing a lot of flak from the true believ­ers, the Trump-​worshipers.

Michael Sav­age is one of Pres­i­dent Trump’s solid sup­port­ers and he believes that the basis for the mis­sile strike is phony. A micro­bi­ol­o­gist by train­ing, he says that sarin—a nerve agent – wasn’t even used and, while I’m no micro­bi­ol­o­gist by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, I received NBC train­ing cour­tesy of the USAF — some­thing which all troops sta­tioned in Cold War Era Europe received – and Mr. Savage’s logic is sound. He posits that some other chem­i­cal agent was used. (By the way, in 2014, the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion asserted that Syria had no chem­i­cal agents.)

As a Trump-​skeptic who voted for him in the gen­eral elec­tion — like Zman – I’m not upset that he broke a promise. After all, it isn’t the first one he broke. And, for cer­tain, Pres­i­dent Trump is, by far, not the first pres­i­dent to break a promise.

How­ever, I am upset that he chose to break this par­tic­u­lar one. What this strike looks like to me: another step in the “Arab” “Spring.” And I’ve always sus­pected that the pur­pose­ful desta­bi­liza­tion of coun­tries with large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions has one goal: clear­ing the deck for the New Caliphate.

I hope I’m wrong and that Peter is right.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

Donald Herbert Walker Trump–Zman on the American missile strike in Syria:

Trump won the nomination and the presidency on one core issue. He would be the President of the United States, not the President of the world. That was his line. He repeated it often. It allegedly captured his one core belief. What is good for America is what is good for Americans and the government should always be working to further the interest of Americans, over the interests of foreigners.

The fact that something so obvious and sane has to be explained speaks to the degeneracy of our age. But, we live in a time when we have to debate physical reality with people who insist things like biology and math are a plot by a mystery cult of white men to keep down women and non-whites. Still, Trump running on a platform of rationality, and winning on the platform, gave a lot of people, including me, a spark of hope. Maybe what comes next does not have to be what always comes next.

Yesterday, the alt-right and even many seasoned geezers like me took a body blow when Trump abandoned everything he said over the last two years and embraced the idiocy of yet another war in the Middle East. Not only is he embracing the lunacy of the traitorous neocons, he is risking war with Russia. His “reason” for condemning himself to ruin is that his daughter got the sads over seeing pictures of dead kids in Syria. She takes to twitter over this latest agit-prop and in a day daddy is launching missiles at Assad.

Many who were gung-ho for the Trump candidacy and presidency are ticked off about this or at least questioning it. Thus, they are catching a lot of flak from the true believers, the Trump-worshipers.

Michael Savage is one of President Trump’s solid supporters and he believes that the basis for the missile strike is phony. A microbiologist by training, he says that sarin—a nerve agent–wasn’t even used and, while I’m no microbiologist by any stretch of the imagination, I received NBC training courtesy of the USAF—something which all troops stationed in Cold War Era Europe received–and Mr. Savage’s logic is sound. He posits that some other chemical agent was used. (By the way, in 2014, the Obama Administration asserted that Syria had no chemical agents.)

As a Trump-skeptic who voted for him in the general election—like Zman–I’m not upset that he broke a promise. After all, it isn’t the first one he broke. And, for certain, President Trump is, by far, not the first president to break a promise.

However, I am upset that he chose to break this particular one. What this strike looks like to me: another step in the “Arab” “Spring.” And I’ve always suspected that the purposeful destabilization of countries with large Muslim populations has one goal: clearing the deck for the New Caliphate.

I hope I’m wrong and that Peter is right.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!