In a Squeeze
Anybody remember the source of the image of the person trapped in a room where the walls, ceiling and floor are closing in around him/her?
My guess is, this is an image that more and more seriously burdens President Donald Trump. Developments in the inter-related state and Federal investigations of Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the President himself are to put it mildly, menacing.
The contorted shrieks from Rudy Giuliani’s mouth and @realDonaldTrump’s thumbs flash “Panic!” in the face of an approaching apocalypse.
Approaching madness was Trump’s signature at the G-7 meeting. Like a barely human replication of the Kilauea volcano, Trump belched destructive fire from every orifice. He treated the leaders of our 7 most valued allies to a stream demonstrably false charges, delivered in a sulfurous, bullying tone.
And the stunning idea that Vladimir Putin should be brought back into the club, even as Crimea sits in his pocket and eastern Ukraine is bled by his minions? After he followed his electoral manipulations in the US in 2016 with more in France, Germany and Italy in 2017 and 2018?
Rushing this non-starter to the G-7 might best be explained as the action of a man who sees that he’s running out of time to pay back his debt to Capo di Tutti Capi Putin.
Even an impeached President, I guess, doesn’t want Polonium placed in his teapot or Novichok nerve agent up his nose.
Meanwhile, Trump’s shrunken status was stuck up his snout by Vise-Grip Macron and Tall Kid Trudeau. Each slapped Trump hard on tariffs in separate news conferences heard and seen around the world.
And then, there’s the epic newspicture, released by her Press Office, of the bright-blue jacketed Angela Merkel, surrounded by a sea of leading men in their dark-suit uniforms, confronting the “see if I care” face of the American President. Whatever it was Chancellor Merkel just finished saying, and don’t I want to know it word-for-word, it left Trump clamping his face and sphincter, while John Bolton’s both are gaping O.
Frozen before billions in the Internet’s version of forever.
What American President has had to endure that?
Unendurable is how President Trump feels about the reality at America’s southern border. That, too, he put on indiscreet display. Losing it in front of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and abusing her before her fellow members of the Cabinet, because all his talk about a wall, and his gratuitous cruelties to migrant families, hasn’t made a damn bit of difference in the flow of would-be immigrants.
Big boys don’t cry; and they don’t shout down the big girl they are supposed to be working with. Unless they are losing their grip.
The spectacular inequity of the Trump tax law; the wrecking ball taken to Obamacare, consumer protection and workplace health and safety; the preferential treatment to coal, the worst energy choice imaginable; the failure of bluster to conquer NAFTA, the endless insults to racial, national and religious minorities; and the tolerance for neo-Nazi thugs and EPA scoundrel Scott Pruitt; these have been extreme displays of a sick and ugly character, but they’ve been executed more or less within extended bounds of sanity.
The pace and intensity of the Trump spew has taken a sharp spike upward in the past couple of weeks, railing at his old adversary Mueller, and now, making new adversaries of old friends at the G-7.
Like an Iranian nuclear centrifuge bitten by the Stuxnet virus, President Donald Trump seems to be spinning out of control.
Just the guy you want talking with Kim Jong-Un about nuclear weapons?It’s a crazy would we live in.