Lest we forget as we are loath to, Maureen’s instincts often dissemble.
In two missile attacks, costing millions, launching hundreds of warheads, Trump hasn’t killed a single enemy combatant or solider. His big attacks had no human costs and were essentially training runs. One took place as Trump ate chocolate cake with China’s President at his private estate. After, his staff mingled with the dinner crowd and took selfies.
Are his expensive fake attacks worth a Nobel Peace Prize? Not if Peace id to be genuine–an honest endeavor, not rendered as fake victories.
His first SEAL team attack telegraphed its arrival, flooding the village skies with drones. The night fighting (over thumb and hard drives we’ve heard no more from!) killed civilians, including an 8-year old American girl, fatally wounded in her bedroom.
We have no ISIS casualty list. What’s the body count? Are the relationships with Russia and Saudi Arabia efforts to promote Peace or regional spoils in energy and proxies?
His followers’ cathexis is sturdy. But is turning away the displaced as the country calls for low-income workers (Trump employs them) and high STEM skills wise? They support and create new jobs!
The Peace Prize must also consider the Income Gap. The widening disparity between rich and poor in the world’s largest economy and public treasury is a non-violent form of disruption, an attack on the lives of workers and families.
Peace is more than the absence of war, or the silent threat of weapons.
Maureen calls the hand of the clock on the correct hour, good time keeping—even thoough tge hands have failed to run! The clock gets credit: broken as it was, it called this hour correctly! Actually, the series of South Asia summits culminating in a US-North Korea face-to-face with its national leaders offered something they could not resist and bigger than war and peace—their vanity! The story was theirs; they created it, hyped it, spread it on social media, and sounding like the WWF. turned the hype into the biggest international story of the year.
The lesson is missed by citing Trump’s belligerence. Not threats, but constant recognition forwarded Kim into the keig lights. He had no way of getting there until Donald came. The perfect foil and nemesis, Donald spotlighted Kim (as he gaslighted Justice and Intelligence). Kim responded and took the shortcut to international fame. Trump says China helped; actually China stayed out of the way. If China opposed the Summit, it would not hve happened. Kim is smart. He wants dollars. Witness Iran’s return, his surround by wealth: he has to grow his economy and stop being marginal.
He’s about to collect pride and cash! With China’s advice mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmbmbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbce (China slyly shifted development costs to the US), Kim remade his image by crossing a wartime line in the sand. When Trump comes, he should bring Dennis Rodman.