In Trump’s world––with his wacky, narcissistic outlook in which he has fallen in love with himself––nothing seems to matter, particularly if it has anything to do with facts or the truth. He continues to justify the assassination of the Iranian general, though now he declares that it really doesn’t matter whether he was planning a terrorist attack or not.
“The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist [Qasem] Soleimani was ‘imminent’ or not, & was my team in agreement. The answer to both is a strong YES. But it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past.” This was the summation of the fatal act by a man with little regard for human life and who considers himself Donald the First.
From this we can gather that whatever delusions manifest in his belfry it’s reason to take someone out, even if, as his Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said, he didn’t see any evidence of an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies.
In Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” there’s an exchange between Alice and Humpty Dumpty who tells her that “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Alice’s retort is “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.” Humpty Dumpty says, “The question is, which is to be master—that’s all.”
During Trump’s tortuous tenure in office, we’ve seen and heard again and again the shifting definition of his words and actions. And some have come with terrible consequences. Once he made up his increasingly narrow mind that the Iranian general was worthy of death there was only the matter of who was “master,” this time of the weapons of annihilation. This could have ignited a major confrontation since it was clearly an act of war without consultation or approval by Congress.
In other words, Trump only has to imagine the worst—there is no need to check his warped reality with an adviser, a surrogate, unless of course that might be a Tucker Carlson or some other half-baked commentator on Fox News.
Before his term in office is over—and it’s good to see the impeachment process is about to head to trial—we can expect another figment of his imagination to once more exercise his lethal powers.
And it appears the House has the votes to limit his war powers, even if we can’t remove him from office, when it comes to his presidency as Speaker Pelosi made clear, there is no way he can expunge the stain now attached to his legacy. He will be marked like the other three who have been indicted, if not convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors.
If what Trump said of the Iranian general is true, that he was exterminated because of his horrible past, then we needn’t look much further for reasons to ask with far more justification that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!