Another shoe drops as the Chief of Staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper resigns. Eric Chewing is was Esper's right hand man to a Defense Secretary only on the job six months. In the Trump Administration that must be some kind of record. Chewing is the sixth senior Pentagon apparatchik to resign this month. What does Trump need with the trained and the qualified? Do you own knee pads? Do you know how to pucker? Chewing's replacement is expected to be Jenn Stewart, Republican loyalist on the House Armed Services Committee and advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Joe Stalin once said, "In the Russian army it is more dangerous to retreat than to advance." In the Trump Administration it is more dangerous to advance than to retreat.
Hey, the phones ringing! You answer it. Not me!
Mike (Smoochey) Pompeo was quick to lick up the President's mess. Despite Press reports that the Pentagon officials were aghast at Trumps decision to assassinate a member of the Iranian government General Soleimani. Smoochey jumps right in to say it was a committee decision and got Mike Pence to play along. Pee Wee Herman saying, "We meant to do that!" Yes, it was a committee decision after Trump committed a war crime the amen corner nodded in approval. This has Trump incompetence written all over it and all the paid liars and all the paid men cannot put Dumpty Trumpty back together again. The administration can't change it with, "You believe us"don't you?
Trump threatens to destroy fifty-two cultural sights in Iran. Nothing says bone spurs, I mean courage like threatening more war crimes. The number fifty-two is significant because Iran took fifty-two American Hostages back in 1979 - 1980. Sure, it was forty years ago, but an elephant never forgets what he just learned. The revolutionary guards who took those hostages are retired now living on pensions. But I suppose they remember the time when the US Navy shot down an Iranian airliner killing 279 innocents.
See, that was different because we had this fully armed and fully loaded warship parked right off the Iranian coast. That civilian airliner just took off menacingly on its regularly scheduled flight from a civilian airport. The sailors rightfully thought, hey this could be a fighter jet on its way to attack us, so we better shoot it down just to be on the safe side. The US never apologized; we never apologize. To apologize means admitting a mistake and we don't make mistakes, so we never learn from them.
All in one day, just one day. Donald Trump destabilized Iraq specifically and the Middle East generally. Iraqi politicians have no choice but to throw US forces out on their proverbial ass. The question for the Iraqis is not who is leaving but who will replace them. No one good is coming to save them. No one good is coming to save us. The Secretary of Defense will need all six months of his experience to convince a convoluted narcissist not to do something stupid. Trying to talk someone who is stupid into rising above his own stupidity and respond sanely. This is the Trumpian Knot the lamentations of Caesar. Lost in history and psychosis, lost like a ball in high weeds. He grows quiet when he should speak.
The big Ham, the camera hog. What are you going to do now Fat Boy? Iraq is lost and probably Syria and Afghanistan too, all in one day. The big winners"Iran, Russia and China. ISIS and the Islamic state. In one day, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. After three years of incoherent babble, the big ape declines to address the American public on the night of the attack.