15 years after Sept. 11, we finally have the leader we needed

trump-lauer-575x288

It has taken us almost 15 years since the September 11th attacks, but finally, in the person of Donald J. Trump, we have a leader who reassures us that he alone can solve this problem, who tells us not to worry because he knows better than the generals and pointy-headed foreign-policy experts how to deal with ISIS and other iterations of Islamic extremism.

It’s such a relief to have a strong man to lean on.

A lifelong real estate developer, Trump tells us that he developed this keen insight into such matters while attending a grueling military-style New York boarding school, while running a beauty contest in Russia and while making Trump ties in Chinese factories. And really, it’s hard to argue with a resume like that. He brings a skill set unlike that of any previous American president.

Unfortunately, Trump says, he can’t tell us what his strategy against ISIS might be because, like the Coca-Cola and Colonel Sanders recipes, it’s a secret. But he reassures us that this undisclosed plan is the product of the same keen insight and judgment that led him to oppose the Iraq invasion as well as the U.S. intervention in Libya.

“I have great judgment. I have good judgment. I know what’s going on,” he told NBC’s Matt Lauer last night. “I’ve called so many of the shots. And I happened to hear Hillary Clinton say that I was not against the war in Iraq. I was totally against the war in Iraq. From a — you can look at Esquire magazine from ’04. You can look at before that. I said it’s going to totally destabilize the Middle East, which it has.”

I’m sure it’s no cause for worry that Trump never said any such thing. He must have gotten his dates a bit mixed up, that’s all. You see, the Esquire edition that he cites was in August 2004. The debate over the Iraq invasion occurred two years earlier, in the late summer and early fall of 2002. The congressional vote to authorize military action came in October, 2002. The invasion occurred in March 2003. So it’s kind of like taking credit for predicting the outcome of the 2002 Super Bowl two years after the fact.

And as far as opposing intervention in Libya? Apparently his amazing memory fails him in that regard as well, not that that’s anything that we should worry about.

In the past few days, though, Trump has deigned to give us at least a glimpse into the workings of his mind regarding ISIS. His plan, he said, is to call all the generals together and give them 30 days to come up with a plan.

Why no one else has thought of that ingenious approach in the past 15 years, I do not know. It seems so obvious, you know? But I guess that’s the genius of it.

As to temperament, Trump cites his recent trip to Mexico as proof of his capability to handle delicate international relationships.

“I think if you saw what happened in Mexico the other day, where I went there, I had great relationships, everything else,” he told Lauer. “I let them know where the United States stands…. And if you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today where the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That’s how well we did.”

And yes, he did great. He and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are now publicly calling each other liars over the Trumpian wall. And as Trump notes, he is so hated in Mexico that the Mexican cabinet officer who helped arrange the visit has now been sacked.

That’s how well he did, and that’s what we can expect to see often under a President Trump.

Trump further tells us that Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea was a sign of American weakness that he never would have tolerated as president. He also tells us that Crimea was actually part of Russia anyway so Putin probably was right to take it. He reminds us repeatedly, at every opportunity — he did it again with Lauer — that Putin has said such nice things about him, but he also reassures us that he is immune to this flattery that he keeps bringing up, endlessly, as if he’s obsessed by the thought that he has impressed a man such as Putin.

So again, nothing to worry about.

He lauds Putin — a man who assassinates his enemies, who imprisons those who dare object, who rules over a brutal oligarchy that has stripped Russia of much of its enormous wealth and left its economy in shambles — he lauds that man as a great leader, just as he had previously lauded China’s massacre of its own students at Tianamen Square as the right way to deal with dissent.

“They were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength,” he said of the Chinese government back in 1990. “That shows you the power of strength.”

Because that’s what we need in this country: Strength. We need men — certainly not women, who are better off posing in bathing suits and certainly do not look presidential — we need men who understand the importance of irrational action without thought, who appreciate the power of bluster and intimidation, who believe that if we want some other nation’s oil, then dammit we ought to just take it.

It’s taken us 15 years to get to this point, but we’re finally here.

 

 

 

Reader Comments 0

703 comments
bill.davis195@gmail.com
bill.davis195@gmail.com

Thank God someone has finally got it right! The AJC allowed this article or most of it in the opinion section FIRST ON the page.   These are my exact thoughts as I listen to the antis and haters that are spewed on us by  the media.


I don't understand  how the lemmings who can't think for themselves even consider having another four years of a weak nation reviled and ridiculed throughout the world.


Young folks don't know what the United States is.  We aren't the bullied whimps that we know today.  We are strong and resilient  and can rise above this confligation with a strong leader who doesn't bow to every politically correct flatulence.


Keep spreading the strength that is Donald Trump. Lead us Mr. Trump. Vote for a Strong America again.

Molly Johnson
Molly Johnson

You've got to be kidding - he failed that interview immensely. He made it very clear he has no clue whatsover what being a "Commander in Chief" is all about. It is quite clear he see himself more as a dictator than anything else. This is the most dangerous man is American right now

Stewdaday
Stewdaday

Better than no policy which seems to be what Obama and Crooked hillary are serving up

honested
honested

Sorry I missed this thread.


The weak excuses for the orange idiot remind me of a wet toilet paper hammock hanging over a canyon, but feel free to lie down!!

KSU OWLS
KSU OWLS

"Among America’s most-educated voters, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, a Morning Consult analysis has found"

"Educated" means one thing, successful, another.  Many "educated" academia with advanced degrees influence this number and for many there's a reason they can't make it in the business world outside of the comfort and "tenure" of there dependable pay checks.

"Trumps numbers are great for uneducated white males.  Which is kinda funny..."

I'd also be very careful with this kind of stuff.  Clinton's greatest support comes from minorities and I would tender a guess there's a few "uneducated" in this pool of support.

Airdale
Airdale

@KSU OWLS Pretty sure the KSU owls would object to you using their brand to spout half baked drivel on a web site.  Or just using their brand for anything.  It is called copyright infringement.

rimsky
rimsky

@KSU OWLS I guess you have not heard of grant applications by almost all tenure track academicians.  It is a business deal.

HUBEE
HUBEE

TATER WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE MUST WANT LIEING HILLARY WHO CAN;T REMEMBER WHERE SHE WAS YESTERDAY NOR CARE LESS THAT THE WHOLE WORLD TAPPED HER EMAILS. BUT I GUESS SINCE THEY WERE ONLY ABOUT WEDDING PARTIES AND SONG AND DANCE HER 4 YEARS AS SEC OF STATE WHILE HEROES IN LIBYA AND IRAQ DIED.  AFTER ALL  "WHAT DOES IT MATTER NOIW" SHE SAID, THEY DEAD AND SHE CAN'T BRING THEM BACK.

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

@HUBEE Put in your hearing aid now please. The rest of us have been deafened. And you kicked over your Styrofoam spit cup. Would you mind wiping up that drivel you spilt on my screen? Thanks much.

N-GA-Online
N-GA-Online

Trump's definition of strength is Fascism.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@StraightNoChaser @FIGMO2

Define what you mean by trashing this country. 

Our politicians have been tossing it into the trash for some time. 

Does she trash talk this country? No.

Trump does have positive things to say about the American people. 

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

Someone asked why "peeps" should vote for Hillary, aside from the fact that "she's not Trump." I'd like to know why "peeps" should vote for Trump, aside from the fact that "he's not Hillary." 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Citizen-of-the-World

Neither are deserving in my opinion. 

Trump is an unknown quantity.

Hillary, on the other hand, is all too well known among the political elite in this country.

What the American people know of her, the majority do not trust.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@Citizen-of-the-World


Hillary is the safe bet. Trump is the wildcard. This country is not too deep in the crapper to go with the wildcard. Going with the safe bet and will re-evaluate in 4 years.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Hillary - Blacks are superpreditors!

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Among America’s most-educated voters, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, a Morning Consult analysis has found.


https://morningconsult.com/2016/07/28/poll-educated-voters-favor-clinton-trump/


The survey, which interviewed more than 23,000 registered voters from June 1 through July 14, found Clinton with a 17-point lead over Trump, 51 percent to 34 percent, among voters with post-graduate degrees.



Lee30519
Lee30519

@Hedley_Lammar Uh that was in July, her numbers have dramatically dropped since then and now they are virtually tied in all of the polls.  Good try.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@LordHelpUs @Lee30519 @Hedley_Lammar 

Which is kinda funny..

-

You might not want to laugh too hard there. 

Hillary Clinton's negative ratings hit a new high in an ABC News/Washington Post pollreleased Wednesday, and it looks as if she might be in trouble even among her core supporters.

For the first time in a year, most women surveyed in the ABC News/Washington Post poll said they view the Democratic presidential nominee unfavorably. Last month, 54% of women said they viewed Clinton favorably, but in the new poll, that figure dropped to 45%.


http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-unpopularity-2016-8

KSU OWLS
KSU OWLS

Just reported that Hillary Clinton appears to be wearing an ear piece at last night's forum.  Speculation rampant on whether this is due to a hearing loss or having someone pipe in answers for Matt Lauer's questions.

CrzSERYWYAAMjt_.jpg:large

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@KSU OWLS Heard this one before.


Wasn't it Bush with a wire on during one of the debates ?


Photoshop BS most likely. 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@KSU OWLS How do people get suckered by this crap over and over again and STILL keep going back to the same sources that sucker them?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

It's amazing, almost unbelievable that many LibProgs here still don't think Hillary is guilty of a prosecutable offense.

Here's just one that is a fact, cannot be denied, set in stone.

Hillary signed an affidavit under penalty of perjury that she had turned over all work related documents from her server.

Then afterward the FBI finds thousands that had been deleted on her server.  Some of which had the confidential and above top secret classifications.

In the area of still active, Congress is investigating how when a memo and subpoena had been issued to preserve documents that many days afterward there was a conference call between Hillary's camp and the server provider, then a few days later the server company used Bleach bit or bot, whatever the heck the name of it, on the server trying to shred any way to restore the documents.

You LibProgs can keep living in la la land, but these are facts on your corrupt, lying candidate for president.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JohnnyReb We can litigate the emails on this blog (as we've been doing for months, now), but, we won't accomplish one thing.  Until we get a Congress or a Department of Justice willing to do their respective jobs, we will continue to litigate it in the very small corner of the world...Bookman's blog.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@JohnnyReb  It's amazing, almost unbelievable that many LibProgs here still don't think Hillary is guilty of a prosecutable offense.


Many Republicans including the head of the FBI dont either


In fact he said.


It wasn't even close.


Who is being extreme on this again ?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 Who's the 'dictator'? 


Putin


What would you call a guy who makes himself Prime Minister because he cant legally run again. Then has the Constitution changed so he can. Then becomes President again.


That is Banana Republic stuff.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko 

If you want to deflect to our complicated relationship with the royal family fine.

-

Oh I see, so pointing out the embrace of a blood-thirsty line of leaders with word, deed, and $$$$$ is 'deflection', but Donald Trump's alleged 'praise' for Vladimir Putin is out of bounds. Got it.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

What would you call a guy who makes himself Prime Minister because he cant legally run again. Then has the Constitution changed so he can. Then becomes President again.

-

Yeah right! Like Washington has any qualms about embracing the products of such arrangements, if not helping to engineer them outright, when it suits its geopolitical objectives. You're insulting the intelligence of anyone reading, Heds.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Because Putin's relationship with Trump seems to be very relevant to this election.

-

Not one shred of relevance has been supplied to date.

Not one.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko If only that were the case.


Either way Trumps praise for Putin, even citing his approval ratings by Russian state media, should alarm anyone.


If that is what he has planned for America


No thanks

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar You didn't answer the question.


If you want to deflect to our complicated relationship with the royal family fine.


But that doesn't change the question we are talking about here and now.



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Yes


Let me know when Obama or any other President has the Constitution changed so they can stay in power indefinitely.


Until then.....