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Will Donald Trump End Up Like Captain Queeg?

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For those of you who haven't read the book or seen the film The Caine Mutiny, the story takes place during World War ll and is about a nutty ship's captain who rolls two steel ball bearings in his hand whenever he feels he is being disrespected or his authority is being challenged--which, unfortunately, happens on a daily basis. As a result, he is always unfairly berating his men, making poor judgments in moments of crises, and drawing illogical conclusions based on his own paranoia instead of the actual facts. Sound familiar?

Eventually his ship, the USS Caine, is caught in a typhoon and Captain Queeg cracks up. His hands freeze on the tiller and he can no longer command the ship, which is about to capsize. His second in command, Lieutenant Steve Maryk, takes control of the ship, and with the help of Ensign Willis Keith, they prevent the ship from capsizing and steer it to safety.

When they get back to port Captain Queeg denies he acted irrationally and files a charge of mutiny on Maryk and Keith, who in turn hire an attorney to defend them in court. It is up to their attorney to prove to the court that Queeg is mentally unbalanced and his defendants were left no choice but to take charge of the ship during the typhoon.

If life often imitates art, we might want to start asking ourselves the question: Is President Trump following the same path as Captain Queeg? And what would happen to our country if it becomes clear to everyone that Trump is too nutty to handle the job as president, especially in a crisis?

Well, it may turn out something like this:

CHARGE: After declaring war on the press, President Trump has singled out news commentators Chuck Todd and Chris Matthews and charged them with treason during a turbulent news cycle of typhoon-like proportions.

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John F. Miglio is the former editor of the Online Review of Books & Current Affairs and author of Sunshine Assassins, a dystopian political thriller.

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