Sick at home, wasting time on Twitter, I realize that a lot of people are pretty stupid.
Not low in intelligence (see Parts I and II of why clever people are stupid), but simply willing to swallow the neocon line and freely choose to believe comforting falsehoods that they know are false, this time about the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.
“Don’t mess with the us! We have Trump now, not Obama! Finally, a President who supports the troops. ‘Murika! USA, USA, USA! Anyone against the attack is a traitor. Why don’t you just live in Iran?”
Such is the battle cry of the Boomer who still remembers Grenada with pride, who can no longer obtain an erection so needs to substitute bombing brown people for his satisfaction.
“They attacked our embassy! Remember how weak we were in Tehran and Benghazi.”
No one even died in the attack. Not even the attackers. It was a half-hearted, symbolic attack meant only to send a message and vent anger, not to actually kidnap or harm any embassy staff – who had been evacuated anyway.
Of course, the US-Iran infatuation goes back much further than that, and neither side comes out smelling of roses.
Vox Day wisely suggests waiting 24 hours before passing judgement on any of Trump’s actions because he often reverses them, but neither he nor anyone else would suggest that there’s any reversal possible this time. The popular general is dead and a lot of hot-headed, fanatical Persians are furious.
Trump was no doubt poorly advised on this, deliberately. Those around him probably downplayed the general’s importance and forgot to mention his ongoing role in fighting ISIS. I very much doubt anyone told Trump: this guy is kind of a big deal, and killing him will provoke a serious reaction. I assume they also exaggerated the significance of the mob breaching the outer wall of the US embassy, reminding him of Clinton’s complacency during the Libya attack in order to manipulate him into doing Israel, Saudi Arabia and General Dynamics’ bidding.
The main Boomer failing in this sort of situation is that they are so excited in their dribbling ‘Us good, them bad’ doddering that they fail to consider likely consequences. Iran will respond, and once they’ve killed a high ranking American or bombed an embassy, the US will itself be obliged to respond. And then the US will be stuck in yet another Stupid War in the Middle East at a time when the giant should really go back to sleep and focus on border security, crumbling infrastructure and the $22 trillion debt.
Trump is not evil. He is not stupid. However, he is not clever or experienced enough to be President of the United States. His trolling of the left and the permastate has been hilarious, but even when his instincts are right he lacks the skills to put rational policies into place.
Work on the wall languishes and there is no talk of making E-Verify compulsory. Moderate reform of immigration policy seems to have stalled. There has been no serious drawdown of US troops from anywhere. The budget deficits continue to stack up. Bridges continue to fall down. The US economy’s strength seems to require continuous injections of money, like an ailing cancer patient sprightly in his final months due to massive doses of deadly palliatives.
I have noted before, it seems that it makes no difference who the US president is. A Clinton or Bush, Trump or Biden, Obama or McCain, few policies seem changeable. There shall always be more war, more debt, worse roads, less control over immigration. Would anything have been dramatically different under Hillary? Would it be different under Warren? It seems unlikely.
Trump is not a fool or a villain. He’s just a Boomer who loves ‘Murika and wants to make it strong and stable, but has no idea how to do that. The task would require a Hadrian or Diocletian, but he is more of a Claudius: pleasant, mostly harmless, opposed by the deep state, but much better than what had come before and what would come after.
Ok Boomer, you’ve had your Reagan moment. Rah rah ‘Murika, turn them into glass etc.
Now bring your boys home.