Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Crazy, he says

The Rolling Blunder tour continues.

Everybody loves Pope Francis, so the media front-and-center was his meeting with The Trumps, the women dressed as if for a royal Spanish funeral, the ritual exchange of gifts (Francis pointedly handing over his letter on climate change), the rare photo of him not smiling.  Meanwhile Newsweek brought us the official White House transcript of a phone conversation last month that boggled even my usually boggle-proof mind.

Trump loves a strongman, and if I were Vlad Putin I'd be jealous of his new bromance with Rodrigo Duterte, headman  of the Philippines.  He was very impressed with the way Duterte is dealing with that nation's drug problem, basically by killing everyone caught with drugs.  "Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that," he said, because he's shy and wanted to work around to the real reason, an invitation to a White House sleepover.  Because things went so well when Erdogan was here. 

Later the conversation turned to North Korea, as it will, and there came this tidbit:

"We have a lot of firepower over there.  We have two submarines -- the best in the world -- we have two nuclear submarines -- not that we want to use them at all.  I've never seen anything like they are, but we don't have to use this, but he could be crazy so we will see what happens."

"He" being Kim Jong-un, of course, and if he wasn't inclined to do something crazy before, wait till he sees the current Newsweek.  Two nuclear subs off his coast -- is it time to step up the missile tests, do you think?  Or will he assume it's empty bluster, since no American president would be treasonously stupid enough to mention the location of two nuclear submarines?

Then again...sharing foreign intel with Russians?  "Don't worry, Bibi, I didn't tell the Ussians-ray that it came from Ossad-may.  What are these called, hamentaschen?  I like pastry.  Is there ice cream?"

Kim probably knows that "crazy" is just trumpspeak for "won't do what I want," like Comey and Yates.  Kim's going to do whatever he wants, regardless.  The question is, what are we going to do about this disaster who can't open his mouth without jeopardizing lives by the tens of millions?




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