There is no duty we so much underrate as... being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Trying to not look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet seeing her, like the sun, without even looking.
Re: Donald J. Trump is still President in 2019
Donald Trump's readiness to fire people--a quality which he made (in)famous on that reality television series that, even if one chose to not watch it, one could not escape the memes pouring out of same--has remained perhaps his finest attribute as president. Not surprisingly. This poster was prognosticating back when Trump was being inaugurated that his ruthlessness in disposing of unwanted bureaucrats would likely come in handy.
However, Trump's mere hiring of John Bolton, the single most unrepentant Iraq War-pushing neoconservative in the Beltway, suggests how deeply in debt he found himself to Sheldon Adelson. This firing represents a major shift in Trump's foreign policy as it relates to the Middle East in particular, for Adelson is responsible for Bolton's appointment as well as Trump's divorcing the U.S. from the "Iran deal" of which the forty-fifth president has spoken so unfavorably for years. The twin moves in 2018 seemed as much driven by what the Adelson wing of Trump's donor base sought. Now, suddenly, Trump has moved to "the left" regarding Israeli interests, with the Department of Defense presently chastising Israel's drone-spearheaded attacks in Syria and Iraq, acts which are placing U.S. and U.S.-backed actors in both direct and indirect harm.
Due to Benjamin Netanyahu's government battling a legion of problems, largely internal and scandalous due to massive charges of widespread corruption, Trump finds himself in a spot from which he may place Netanyahu in the hot seat in U.S.-Israeli "deal-making" as Trump would doubtless characterize the process. Netanyahu has been out on the campaign trail in Israel and his increasingly grand declarations of his government's intentions to wholly colonize and possess Palestine "forever" as he put it himself in one of his most recent addresses have him in the position of having to go "all in" on his relationship with Trump as the, well, trump card in his efforts to keep his regime afloat with election day looming on Tuesday, September 17.
Predictably, Adelson and those who are effectively his voices within U.S. media such as Ben Shapiro, Josh Hammer and a plethora of others are presently writhing in agony over Trump's dismissal of Bolton, largely equating this with "appeasing Hitler"--which of course is the Iranian regime.
MrMr is probably correct. Based on everything that has transpired to date, Trump ostensibly brought Bolton into the administration mainly to placate the neoconservatives and Adelson, et. al., and with Netanyahu being confronted with "hard times" in Israel with the election fast approaching, he saw the opportunity to at least temporarily turn the tables in the geopolitical relationship. Usually U.S. presidents--George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, now Trump--find themselves over the past generation or so finally blanching under the constant barrage of demands from the Israelis, and Trump, having delivered more for Israel than any U.S. president since Richard Nixon found himself helping Israel in her time of need while most of his cabinet members ardently disagreed with him during the Yom Kippur War, decided to use the credit he had stored up for the first 31 months of his presidency right now.
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