Saturday, January 11, 2020

All out war with Iran avoided--for now

In my last blog posting, I talked about how -- in the wake of the killing of General Soleimani -- it was a given that an actual shooting war was coming.

I'm very happy to say that I was wrong about that as cooler heads prevailed and president trump did not escalate the situation and opt for an all-out, balls-to-the-wall conflict.

I do still think that trump would like to have something big -- like a war in the Middle East -- to distract Americans while he's facing the Impeachment process.

I still think he looks at the prospect of war in general as an opportunity to blow stuff up and kill people -- lots of people -- he doesn't like.

But he did listen to his advisers for once and chose to not throw gas on a fire that was already raging. A fire that was merely smoldering, it should be noted, at the time he got into the White House.

It was burning brightly after the killing and I'm glad to say that he didn't make it into the huge conflagration that it could have been had he followed his worst impulse--as he so often does.

A fascinating article in the New York Times tells the story of how this process worked itself out and is certainly of interest here. I recommend it highly.

The trump presidency has been a long series of miscues and disasters.

The prospects that this destructive and insane modus operandi will change for the rest of the time this poser holds the reins of power are very, very close to zero.

But it is a good thing indeed that he didn't take us into war this time.

Let's hope he doesn't the next time has the chance.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

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