ELIOT COHEN ISSUES A WARNING THAT WILL ECHO THROUGH THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HISTORY


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In his article in the Atlantic Magazine Eliot Cohen, former counselor to the State Department under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, writes, “I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he would force Mexico to pay for, even as the Mexican foreign minister held talks with American officials in Washington. Not by the quiet, but no less dangerous bureaucratic orders, such as kicking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of meetings of the Principals’ Committee, the senior foreign-policy decision-making group below the president, while inserting his chief ideologist, Steve Bannon, into them. Many conservative foreign-policy and national-security experts saw the dangers last spring and summer, which is why we signed letters denouncing not Trump’s policies but his temperament; not his program but his character.

We were right. And friends who urged us to tone it down, to make our peace with him, to stop saying as loudly as we could “this is abnormal,” to accommodate him, to show loyalty to the Republican Party, to think that he and his advisers could be tamed, were wrong. In an epic week beginning with a dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and now an attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims (including interpreters who served with our forces in Iraq and those with green cards, though not those from countries with Trump hotels, or from really indispensable states like Saudi Arabia), he has lived down to expectations. Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity—substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have. It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better.”

It is quite rare that Cohen and I agree on anything, but in this case and about this subject the two of us are in lockstep. Trump has begun just as many observers here expected him to begin. He has used the power of the executive order to keep campaign promises to the very nationalist base that elected him. He has not ceased to be more interested in his image than the workings of government for all. And finally, Trump has, as Cohen so eloquently points out, a reckless disregard for those he has elevated to Cabinet posts in favor of listening to “the people” or ideologues who will keep him “popular” in the hearts and minds of less than a quarter of the American population.

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In Hindsight

This is a path to destruction and if a neoconservative historian of the class and character of Eliot Cohen can see it, then I have to acknowledge it. It has been said many times that history is written by the victors. I was terribly wrong about the 2016 election, however my guts tell me that these first twelve days of irrational missteps will lead to a critical mass of failure that as Cohen predicts will bring a Trump presidency and quite possibly the GOP to a final flaming ruin.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
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14 Responses to “ELIOT COHEN ISSUES A WARNING THAT WILL ECHO THROUGH THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HISTORY”

  1. neocon01 Says:

    freddy and the dreamers…= EPIC FAILURE, ROTFLMAO

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      Bill the funniest part of all of this is that you and those like you ideologically are so desperate to be right, to thump your chests and parade around patriotically that you have fully forgotten two very important things. First that the Truth is its own thing not simply what you choose to believe to feel good about being “right.” And more importantly, winning an election is the easy part; governing is the part no one is going to give you a pass on. If you think you were harsh on Obama whose wife was never naked in a magazine and released his tax returns wait until the “Trump honeymoon” is over and he actually has to deal with a crisis issue. Seriously you should read Cohen’s article and start scraping those MAGA stickers off your truck. You are going to be denying you ever voted for the man before the midterm elections in 2018.

      MYLIIT

  2. neocon01 Says:

    ACTING AG SALLY YATES FIRED BY WHITE HOUSE….

    yup draining the swamp one TRAITOR at a time MAGA!

  3. neocon01 Says:

    another TRAITOR jew leading their own into the ovens, this the oven of islam PATHETIC

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      I haven’t really been able to express to you Bill how grateful I am as a Progressive for this opportunity to watch you bigots fail so far so fast. While I truly hope no Americans, or anyone else comes to harm due to Trump’s arrogance whatever happens is going to be the fault of those who voted for him including you.

      May you live in interesting times . . .

      • I don’t think tRump will make to mid-terms as more evidence emerges supporting the 35 page rpt that campaign officials coordinated w Russian intel. Remember, Mannafort had to leave the campaign for this very reason. And the alleged source, an FSB officer, was arrested in Moscow and his aide was found dead w multiple gunshot wounds. Course that means President Pence who, at least has executive experience, unlike this tRump clown car ejecting Russian turds as they round corners. Oh, and Bill – eat me, eat me raw pissboy.

      • Before Trump is forced out he will last one month short of three years but the final year of that time will be an unbearable crisis period for America. Mercifully, the nation will survive, but the party of Trump will not.

      • US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier
        Jim Sciutto-Profile-Image
        By Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez, CNN
        Updated 5:25 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2017

        But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.
        The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement “greater confidence” in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents, these sources say.

        http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/russia-dossier-update/index.html

      • o3: It is in this vein that Trump’s destruction will be mined. How curious, We, Ourselves, find it that a nation hated by conservatives as “communist” is now the benefactor of their ideological saviour?

  4. neocon01 Says:

    ahhhhhhh the “BIGOTS” accusation, while your TRAITORS attempt to fill our country with killers, burn, loot, beat, shoot, and destroy the very country that protects you…..the day will come when the very marxism coupled with islam will slaughter you jews and homos……you WILL reap what you sow, and your kind are sowing the whirlwind…..enjoy…

  5. iLoveGoodLife WillProtectit Says:

    You people have no hope! You’re so sad to quickly run that crap out of your mouth without caring for the world. THAT’s your problem. Do you care about anything deeply and truly that’s flourished in your life, or is it all in your head? Your only true hope is Jesus.

    • We have all hope and are resolved to offer that hope to Everyone. All paths are possible not just the one you have chosen.

      Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

      • neocon01 Says:

        obviously you have chosen Hell as your path….enjoy when you REALLY get there.

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