When I was cutting my teeth in the Democratic Party, years ago, one of my mentors made a comment when I groused about somebody who had announced her candidacy for a state legislative seat that had been held by an old farmer who had been in the legislature for a couple of decades. Being in a red state, I thought why should we have primary when it was so hard to elect Democrats in the first place? It was probably a safe seat, why split the Democrats with a primary? My mentor’s wisdom has stuck with me all these years.
While there is no question we live in a nuclear age, numerous countries are capable of severely damaging or even destroying the planet, the actual possibility of this is remote. Any attempt of a pre-emptive military action would certainly be met with a response. Therefore, a nuclear pre-emptive strike would be unthinkable given the essential economic and power dynamics of the major world powers. It is more likely that any pre-emptive strike would take the form of conventional warfare. That is where Bolton’s strategy is not only flawed, but his tactics would be absurd as well.
Bolton is more than willing to have others do the actual fighting in any given military action. He is more than willing to sacrifice the young men and women, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers of our nation to be killed, wounded, or maimed for life. For all of Bolton’s bravado, when given the opportunity to serve his country, he dodged it.
Kim would like nothing more than to meet with Trump. It would give him something neither his father nor grandfather could accomplish – a meeting with the president of the United States and in Kim’s mind a recognition of North Korea as a legitimate nuclear power. No American president has ever done this in an official capacity. Trump agrees with a simple impulsive “yes.”
We can only speculate why Trump won’t authorize a counter-attack on Russia for its inference in the 2016 election and the current threats to the 2018 mid-terms. We will have to wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to conclude to thoroughly discern what President Trump’s motivation for inaction is. The question then becomes can we afford to wait another three, six, or more months to find out?
Last month was Black History Month. It is a time to recognize the accomplishments and contributions that African-Americans have made to our country. Over fifty years ago, a very significant and courageous contribution was made in Birmingham, Alabama. It was made by African-American children! Children who were fed up with the injustices of segregation in the most segregationist city in Alabama. The protest that lasted several days was called “The Children’s March.” On May 2, 1963, over a thousand school children left their classrooms and marched into history.
Here is the message: Democrats, many Independents and disaffected Republicans are fed up with the current Trump administration, the do-nothing Republican Congress (except for lining the pockets of their big corporate donors) and to be fair Democrat congressional leadership who have been around too long and need to retire.