Yes Dorothy, there is a word unpresidented. The Trump, who many gaze on with starry eyes to the extent that they now view America’s sworn enemy Vladimir Putin in a more favorable light than their own countrymen because Trump told them to do that, will expect them to correspond their thoughts with his thinking. They would argue that when Trump tweeted that “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act” that the use of the word unpresidented is correct. After all, the Trump is never wrong.
By the way, did I detect a sign of hope in the Trump’s statement? He did not threaten China with some draconian act. That is certainly a surprise. Did he get the bluster blown out of him when China sent a message to him that it wasn’t interested in his trying to play the Taiwan card? Was the research drone stolen in order call the Trump’s card and see if he would raise? Did it call his bluff and he folded his hands showing himself to be little more than a wind bag?
Most of us have played cards. Those who have know how important a trump card can be in determining who will win a game. It is perhaps better than the joker in a game where the jokers are wild. It is also important in an argument.
The Trump’s card has traditionally been the chorus of trumpeteers, the true believers who blast out whatever tune he wishes them to sing. Have you noticed how many in Congress have now become members of his chorus? It is truly frightening how quickly their principles molted. This has a historic precedent during the rise of Il Duce.
Welcome to the new America: Trumpland. The Trump card triumphs over all. It is a brand new stage in American history; we will have an unpresidented president who rejects the actions of all prior modern-day presidents and is setting the country on a far right trek into the wilderness where we embrace Russia and chastise our long-standing friends.
The world must get use to this new idea. The Trump has told all the other nations that he is going to take America in this new direction. Tear up your history books, throw away the knowledge gained through diplomacy; and disregard the intelligence agencies for the Trump, a man who had no idea what the nuclear triad is, plans to rule by the gut.
The Trump exhibits such puerile knowledge of foreign affairs it is truly scary. It was bad enough when Bush surrounded himself with the neo-cons who had one goal in mind which was the protection of Israel. Many of those who were in top defense positions under Bush had written to President Clinton asking him to attack Iraq because it was a danger to Israel. (*) When Bush won they were able to climb onto his team and convince him to do it. We have seen the consequences of that ill-fated decision and the rise of the Islamic State; fortunately unlike others who live in the areas where the Islamic State thrived we did not feel the personal consequences of Bush’s blunder.
The Trump’s behavior in picking his crew makes Bush 43 looks like a brilliant George Kennan. The Trump has surrounded himself with naive people ancious to pick a fight. They make the willful neocons look like amateurs. One of them is John Bolton who signed the letter to Clinton. All want to tear up the Iran agreement. All are ready to walk lock step with the leader of Israel who has been calling for war with Iran in the same way he urged us into Iraq.
Benjamin Netanyahu is beginning to believe that there is a Santa Claus (or at least an Insanity Claus) with all the gifts the Trump is putting under his Hanukkah tree. Was it only a coincidence that Christmas and Hanukkah arrived at the same time this year or did as the Trump said he arrange it and the trumpeteers believed him? Happy Hanukkah!