How to Tell Someone Like Trump is not a “Stable Genius.”

One clue is that they call themselves a stable genius.   Nobody else does.  If they actually were stable they would not need to keep reminding others that they are and also need numerous pep rallies by their gob smacked fans to refuel their egos, like vampires need new blood.

Now we have an especially good example of our “stable genius” at work.  He has surprised just about everyone by throwing our Syrian policy into a tizzy by suddenly pulling out our last troops in Syria.  Besides opening the door of invasion to the Turks, our departure leaves the Kurds without much needed technical support in reconnaissance and such for fighting the Turks and ISIS.

Turkey’s President Erdogan has long wanted to invade Syrian territory held by Kurds who have formed the backbone of our war on ISIS.  If the Turks follow through on their plans, they will slaughter the Kurds while we stand aside.

Besides telling the world we can’t be depended upon to help those who help us, this opens the door for a resurgence of ISIS in the area.

This is such an obviously bad foreign policy move that even Republicans question his actions.  In fact they are his harshest critics.  For example, Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said that “a precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.”  None of which, I might add, do we want to benefit at all.

The oddity is that our self-described stable genius chooses to do this NOW while already enmeshed in full fledged attacks from Democrats along the impeachment road.  He needs all the help he can get from his Republican backers and he chooses NOW to make them furious?

Does our stable genius have some sort of death wish?   Or is he just so ignorant of foreign policy that he is clueless as to the ramifications of his actions?

Trying to pretend he is on top of this Syria thing, Trump has tweeted:  “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)…”

“Great and unmatched wisdom”?  Does that sound stable to you?

If Trump is Abnormal, Why Do we Respond to him Normally?

In a press conference today prompted by a visit of the Finnish president, the TV press displayed their habitual fecklessness by asking a few questions which only set the stage for yet another Trump rant.

Given the opportunity, Trump just railed on about his conspiracy theories and his delusions of grandeur about his great accomplishments, greater than any previous presidents.  Only he, Mr. pipsqueak president could have accomplished so much.

Coverage-wise it’s time to do something radical.  Like pressing Trump to tell the truth about something, the truth about almost anything for a change.  Keep asking questions when you are not supposed to.  I realize that is likely suicidal career-wise, but, hey, you’re always pressing politicians to come clean, how about yourselves.

Be still your ecstasy at scooping another news source.  Often only by hours, if not minutes.  Only you, the news obsessed, preen for getting the news out first when it usually comes down to a matter of minutes.

It is time to start working together a bit.

Every day I hear someone comment on the abnormality of Trump shaped politics.  Well, if it’s abnormal, shouldn’t the coverage become abnormal as well in order to combat it.  What do I mean?  I don’t know.  You tell me.  It’s your job.  I’m not getting paid for this.

You are.