I thought I had long given up being surprised by Donald Trump’s tweets, that stream of nonsense that flows constantly from his account. But this one today, in response to the criticisms he is getting for giving the Turkish government control over the regions in Syria that are disputed by the Kurds and whom the US had been allied with up to now, took me by surprise.
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
“I, in my great and unmatched wisdom”? Who talks like that? It is tempting to dismiss this as yet another attempt by him to rile up his opponents with expressions of vainglorious self-regard. But I am increasingly drawn to the idea that this may actually be the way he thinks of himself, which would make him dangerously delusional.
His threats to destroy Turkey’s economy if they displease him will, like all his previous bellicose threats to other nations, be dismissed by them. I think world leaders have realized that they have little to fear from his rhetorical lurches this way and that.
Where I think Trump needs to be careful is making the bipartisan war party his enemy. As long as he keeps the war machine chugging along, the political-media-business establishment (the real power in the US) will continue to back him, especially the Republicans among them. But if they feel that he is not pursuing that agenda and is serious about ending the never-ending wars in that regions, they may turn on him and that is the real danger he faces. Even obsequious Trump lackeys like warmonger Lindsey Graham have criticized his latest move regarding the Kurds.