“Why would the US president ever want to legitimize a brutal dictator” is, in all seriousness, no longer the question on the table. Maybe W was a bonehead to say he had “looked into Putin’s eyes” and gotten a sense of his soul. Maybe Obama should have been less eager to press “reset” with Russia, and more willing to walk away from the Iran deal. And Trump is unlikely to know as much as he thinks he does about Kim Jong Un and North Korea. Do we even have an ambassador to South Korea in place? Has Trump learned anything at all about Korea that he wasn’t spoonfed by Xi Jinping when they met in Beijing last year?
Trump’s rush to announce a meeting with Kim may yet be countermanded or undermined or sabotaged by the “Deep State.” And I don’t blame the Deep Staters. They are concerned, perhaps beside themselves, for good reason. At this point, sad and almost unthinkable to say, Trump looks more desperate to meet with Kim than Kim is to meet with Trump. Is it too much to ask an American president to stop trying to prove that he is bigger and better than all other presidents?
Our U.S. President showed again this week that he refuses to stump up for anything or anyone. Every problem is someone else’s fault. His problem isn’t really James Comey. His problem is that he never acknowledges he owes anybody anything. That is a big part of why he had, according to some reports, to turn to Russian banks to fund his schemes and/or bail him out–because, reportedly, American banks got tired of his repeated refusals to stump up. No, we don’t know all, or most, of the details yet. Maybe we never will. But we do have the big picture, if we are willing to face up to it. We have a legitimate but apparently deeply compromised president. Better to admit that than to wish it away. Exactly how Trump is going to get rumped up is quite unclear, but best to prepare as best we can by defending the checks and balances that Trump fails to respect–but that have made the US as great as it is. You want a smoking gun? Really? If you cannot smell all the smoke already you might need some nose work. Furthermore, impeachment is too good for our 45th president. At this point the 25th Amendment (incapacity) seems more poetically just, no?
hint re rump up: try “rump up cheshire”