It is becoming very clear that Trump wants a war. As he said during the campaign, “I love war, in a certain way” and clearly pointed out that nuclear weapons were “very important to me.” Red takes Trump at his word. His already flagging approval rating is merely the latest warning sign.
There are two sure ways to temporarily boost your popularity in the White House – 1) do things that are actually popular and improve the country, or 2) start a war. The first way is hard and Trump seems incapable of doing anything likely to get a majority of the country behind him (and remember readers – Red fully supports complete implementation of the Trump/GOP agenda starting with locking up Hillary and deporting 12 million illegal aliens and building a wall at Mexico’s expense). But all he has been able to do so far is make some weak moves on immigration that are getting tied up in the courts and pay some lip service to unleashing Wall Street to deservedly feast on the unwary – yet again. It isn’t working. We are only 2.5 weeks in and Trump is already stalking the corridors of the White House late at night when the cable news outlets go into repeat mode. That usually doesn’t happen until deep in a second term.
So what’s a poor billionaire to do when faced with an increasingly disapproving public and the “dishonest media.”
Red has an idea! Drum up a war. And who can most of America agree to hate – that’s right IRAN. It’s only been 36 years since the hostage crisis and the aged clerics are bound to screw something up that will provide at least a thin veneer of an excuse for unleashing hell. And a thin veneer will suffice for Trump and likely for a good number of Americans.
Which brings us to the coddling of Russia. Trump is smart enough to know that a war against Iran will be much easier if Putin throws in with us. They are right there after all and we can stage operations from Mother Russia much more easily than from say – Iraq. The question is – what is the price of Russian cooperation. Is it the Ukraine? The Baltics? All of Central Europe? Whatever it is, Trump may be willing to pay if he thinks that a US-Iran conflict will deliver him the ratings and favorable poll numbers that he so greatly desires. And if we have to lose a few thousand men and women and spend trillions of dollars, well that is a small price to pay to have your ego stroked.
Yes, there is that small problem of the Constitution and Congress and a declaration of war, but that hasn’t really stopped any president in a long time. If war is what Trump wants, Congress is likely to give him one.
So those of you out there with teenage boys and girls, like Red, take heed. Do you want your son or daughter sacrificed on the altar of Trump’s vanity? We fought a failed war in Iraq without a draft, but a war against a much larger, much richer opponent may just require reinstitution of compulsory service. No more fighting wars on the cheap. The price is blood and Red thinks there will be many payments made before Trump is sated.