Contributed by Arthur Ahrens of Branchport, NY.
The Former Guy is at it again!
The Conservative Political Action Conference was once an exercise in conservative intellectualism. It has degenerated into an annual airing of white privileged grievance harping on the culture wars. This year’s conference was no different, with the Florida Man DeSantis going on and on about everything from immigration and “mob violence” to critical race theory, the Bill of Rights and the peril of a “biomedical security state.” He failed to mention in his diatribe anything about the horrendous invasion of the Ukraine. Still, he received thunderous applause.
As did TFG who rehashed old grievances while avoiding the destruction of democracy in the Ukraine.
He did manage to talk about a fascist threat by going on at length about the tyranny overtaking our neighbour to the North, our great friend, Canada.
Let that sink in a moment. So the following won’t come as too much of a shock.
TFG is now taking a victory lap for making NATO stronger during his reign. TFG today : “There would be no NATO if I didn’t act strongly and swiftly.”
Consider the following:
“Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States,” the New York Times reported in 2019.
John R. Bolton published a memoir in 2020 that described Trump as repeatedly saying he wanted to quit the alliance, saying at one point, “I don’t give a s— about NATO.”
Trump’s former chief of staff John F. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, was also described as saying that “one of the most difficult tasks he faced with Trump was trying to stop him from pulling out of NATO.”
In a fit of pique at Germany, Trump in 2020 ordered the withdrawal of 12,000 U.S. troops, about one-third of the force based there. When Biden became president, he quickly reversed the plan and kept the troops there.
Imagine now, if you will, TFG running in 2024. And winning.