Robert A. Levine 2-8-17
The BS just keeps flowing, on and on, every single day. Does the president and his team understand how this drains America of credibility on the world stage and makes it difficult for Americans to know what is real and what is not. What is important and what is not. Perhaps that’s the rationale behind the false news and alternative reality that Americans are constantly hit with, the travel ban, and the love fest with Putin, killer or not.
The dust-up over KellyAnne Conway’s claim of an ISIS massacre in Bowling Green, Ohio which never happened, seems to be dying down. Two Iraqis were picked up on terrorism charges there, but there were no killings and no newsworthy events. Conway admitted afterwards that she had made a mistake. (Happens to us all.)
Another claim from Trumpland was that the media were not covering all the terrorist attacks that were occurring in Europe as well as the US. Trump made it seem as if the media wanted to downplay the threat from Islamic terrorists, while the Trumpers were the protectors of the nation. When Trump’s team gave the list of so-called terrorist attacks to the media, it turned out that most of them were well known and had been well covered by the media. Would Trump say “my bad.” No way.
And the president claiming that the murder rate was the highest it has been in forty-seven years was an absolute lie. The FBI statistics for 2015, the last year available, show that the homicide rate was much lower than it had been in the 80s and the 90s, as well as the first decade of the 21st century. Trump seems to be pulling these numbers out of the air with no statistics to support him. Is he claiming now that the FBI is issuing false news, or is he blaming this on the media?
Then there is our “so called” president saying that the “so called” judge who placed a hold on the Muslim ban on entry to the US was putting the country in danger. What proof was there of that? Since 9/11, there has not been a single death to an American from an immigrant or refugee in a terrorist episode. And 9/11 was perpetrated by Saudi citizens. Why isn’t Saudi Arabia on the terrorist list when their Wahabi culture and support of madrassas is what drives terrorism against the West, Shiites, Sufis, and so forth.
And terrorist incidents in France and Germany were from Tunisians, another country not on the list (though it has become “democratic.”) Pakistan is another nation with an extensive history of terrorism against Christians, Shiites, and other religious groups. They should certainly be on the Trump list if it was really to protect against terrorism and was not just a sop to his base. In fact, the bombing attempt in Times Square in 2010 was perpetrated by a man of Pakistani origin. (Maybe Trump is unaware of the risks that Pakistanis pose. He’d rather fight with the Australian PM, one of our allies.)
And what’s going on with Trump and Putin. When O’Reilly on Fox mentioned that Putin was a killer, Trump seemed to dismiss it, saying that America wasn’t so clean itself. Was he equating American actions with those of Putin? What material does Putin have on the Trumper that keeps the big guy from unleashing some of his acid rhetoric against the Russian? The bromance between them just doesn’t seem to make sense.
So we have three disparate tracks from the Trumpers since the inauguration that raise questions. First is the constant flow of alternative facts, which we would call lies, with his blasting the media for its failure to do something which it clearly did. Second, we have the Trumper’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Islamic nations where ISIS is active. But the countries whose nationals have been responsible for terrorism in Europe and at home have not been put on the list. And Saudi Arabia, whose nationals hit us with 9/11 have also not been subject to the ban. And thirdly, the strange poetic fantasy that we see evolving between the Trumper and the Put-man.
Am I missing something here, or does the pattern of actions emanating from the Trumper defy one’s imagination and fail the test of reason? Is there some secret strategy that is beyond us?