AMERICAN TITANIC: Donald J. Trump in Command

Sailing through the Troubled Waters of Foreign Policy Dilemmas, Domestic Political Polarization and Cultural Clashes

DEAR WORLD: I’m Taking a Sick Day.

While I am trying to write, CNN, MSNBC and FOX NEWS are spending most of the morning endlessly speculating and over analyzing the fate of a German airliner en route from Spain that has crashed in the Swiss Alps.  The gist is there seems no possibility of survivors and no one knows why it crashed.

That is really all they know and it could take days before they know much more but that won’t stop them from parading endless speculations, piling new ones on old ones fully or partially regurgitated, reminding us frequently of painful facts like a couple of babies were on board and so were a group of high school kids, the sadness of it all, injecting every element of drama and “human interest” the cablization process can muster.

One cable mouth called it the “big story” of the day.   Not to me.

Really, I just told you most of the story.  It is the “big story” of the day if you knew any of those unfortunate people aboard or were tied to the event in some meaningful way, but for most of us it is a passing thought unless cable’s endless dramatization of the event has ensnared your addictive personality like a spider a fly.

I’m sick of it.

But then I have to admit I am addicted to watching news on foreign policy and somewhat less on American politics, neither of which is good for my mental health, as the world order is falling apart and the American government is increasingly sucking the fun out of dysfunctional.   So, I’m sick of that, too, but at least there are much greater possible ramifications from those events, even if I can’t figure out what they’ll be.

Like it or not, they do merit much attention.

On the other hand, I haven’t felt much like writing about real news topics over the past two weeks – I mean such topics as the nuclear talks with Iran undercut by Bibi and the Republicans in congress or the battle for Tikrit in Iraq, which is a microcosm of Iraq’s ability to degrade Isis while somehow not further alienating Sunnis by relying on Shia militias to do it.

Or take Yemen, which is a burgeoning civil war only months after President Obama cited it as a successful example of our counter terrorist strategy, now an increasingly lovely neighborhood for terrorists to blossom, not to mention other sectarian divides that may well impact neighboring states and further destabilize the convulsive Middle East.  Squeezed in between the plane crash news, I heard one expert on Fox suggest neighboring Sunni states need to band together to send an Arab force into Yemen.

Then there is Hillary and the fact that I am already tired of her campaign and she hasn’t even announced her candidacy as yet, prompting a vision of her front-running train running out of steam before the finish line.

Not to mention the Vladimir P. show, etc., etc., etc., etc…………….

Yuck.  I can’t wait until Thursday when I can resume an obsession that I at least enjoy:   Mad about March Madness.

On Wisconsin…..

When it Comes to Tom Cotton Kathleen Parker Says it All

In case you don’t know, Kathleen Parker is a syndicated columnist who describes herself as “mostly to the right of center”, but I think of her as mostly right on the mark in her columns.   I find this is especially true in yesterday’s piece:  Tom Cotton’s grandstand play.

…..which of course is about the letter the freshman senator spear headed and 46 fellow Republican senators signed alerting Iranian leaders that any deal on Iran’s nuclear program was susceptible to be changed once Obama leaves the White House, as if these guys, several of whom have doctorates from American universities, needed to be informed of the basics of American government.

Let me cut to the chase with this snippet from Parker’s piece:

“….  ol’ Tom Cotton, who is actually the youngest senator, is wasting no time establishing himself as a party leader. Rounding up other Republican signatories, Cotton launched a bunker-buster smack in the middle of the negotiations. But to what avail?

Iran quickly dismissed the letter as “propaganda.” Democrats were forced into a partisan corner. Even the seven heroic Republicans who declined to sign the letter have been undermined as they fix their sights on a longer-term strategy to derail a bad deal.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who did not sign the letter, has sponsored what he hoped would be a veto-proof bill requiring congressional approval of any deal with Iran. But for it to be veto-proof, he needs Democrats.

Nice going, guys”.

To me that is the fundamental point of the column, but she makes other good ones as well, so give the whole column a glance.  It’s not long and she writes so well.

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