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Tenerife Trump

Vox has a post on Republican Senator Bob Corker’s comment that Trump “is setting a path to World War III” and that he’s not the only one who is thinking this.

Well, heck, we’re *all* thinking it.

From Vox:

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he told the newspaper,going far beyond what even many of Trump’s sharpest Democratic critics have been willing to say, at least in public. “Of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”

That, in a single quote, may the most jarring thing about his criticism of Trump. Corker is saying out loud what I hear privately from sources throughout the military and the US government, and from both foreign ambassadors and visiting foreign diplomats. The broad consensus is that Trump is a uniquely dangerous commander in chief, one whose inconsistency, dishonesty, immaturity, and inability to control his anger pose a genuine risk to the national security of the US and the stability of the world as a whole.

These fears, whispered for months, have now been brought to the surface by a member of Trump’s own party.

Yeah, but, here’s the thing: what are they prepared to do about it? I’m sure I’m not the only person to ask this question in the last 24 hours.

Trump *Is* the most dangerous man on the planet. He’s a 2 year old with access to the nuclear codes. And we’re all standing around acting like we’re completely unable to do anything because why, exactly?? Is it because he is the President? The most powerful person in the world and we must not interfere with his office because whether the Trump voters were severely mislead or not, he has the right to protect us by blowing other people to smithereens triggering a swift retaliation?

And who could blame the rest of the planet for taking us out? We’re not to be trusted if we leave this impatient, temperamental and volatile 70 year old toddler in charge.

This reminds me of that horrific collision of two planes in Tenerife back in 1977. The K LM pilot was in a hurry to get back home, there were some inflexible rules about flying, fog and terrorism elsewhere kept the plane in Tenerife for too long and when his co-pilot said he didn’t think the plane had gotten clearance to take off, the pilot took off anyway and there was no one to stop him.

It would have been presumptive for an underling to question his superior.

And so they died. And took almost 600 people with them.

That’s what it’s like to be a passenger on this plane with Trump at the controls. He needs a nap, not a nuke and someone better stop him before his stupidity turns to malice.

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  1. Yeah, but, here’s the thing: what are they prepared to do about it?

    Nicole Wallace on MSNBC has a great hardhitting show but it is at 4 and I am not usually home to see it (and I don’t record stuff). I saw her today and she was great and her panel was great with the exception of that Brett guy they brought in from WSJ. Tennessee Rep Harold Ford was asking that very same question on the show — ‘If you are saying WWIII, adult day care and all of this very serious stuff, what are you and others going to do about it?’

    But here is my outsider in perspective. America wants to hang on to its appearance of this very sophisticated democracy. He showed his true colors during the campaign loud and clear but people still voted for him. Electoral College didn’t do anything even though all signs of this were there then. GOP embraced him as if he were a sane guy. Media paraded his circus as if it was newsworthy and NORMAL. They enabled him and put him in the WH. Now as per the constitution he could be removed through impeachment but what are his ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’? Since all his past highly dangerous indiscretions were treated by the media, GOP, and people who voted for him as NORMAL and SANE (and some are still doing that), I ask again, what is his crime?

    At this point I am thankful that Corker is saying out loud what is going on in everybody’s mind and may be it will turn into something bigger.

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