Roger Ailes was a misogynistic ratings whore with a righty agenda. He set off an explosion "of cyberbullying and chyrons, trolls and tweets" and fake news. He showed no empathy for his many victims and could care less about accuracy. The following opinion piece is a very personal insight that should be read by all!
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse. -
- A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer
- A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer
Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.
He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
Trump is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump's confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.
Witnessing an American Tragedy
Trump is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn't care that his spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I'm president after all.
Nothing is as it should be in this White House. Everyone working there has been compromised multiple times and now they all despise each other - and everyone except for Trump despises Trump. Because of all that, after just 120 days of the Trump administration, we are witness to an American tragedy for which there are five theoretical solutions.
The first is Trump's resignation, which won't happen. The second is that Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would be justified by the president's proven obstruction of justice, but won't happen because of the Republicans' thirst for power, which they won't willingly give up. The third possible solution is the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That isn't particularly likely either. Fourth: The Democrats get ready to fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option two, impeachment. Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth doesn't directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless necessary - and possible.
No Goals and No Strategy
Not quite two weeks ago, a number of experts and politicians focused on foreign policy met in Washington at the invitation of the Munich Security Conference. It wasn't difficult to sense the atmosphere of chaos and agony that has descended upon the city.
The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue of DER SPIEGEL.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
|I took a picture of this poster in Cairo in March 2015.|
It continues to disturb me that so many of my fellow countryman lump all Muslims into the same category. The people who identify as Islamic fundamentalist practice a perverted form of Islam that has no resemblance to the genuine Muslim faith. I compare the perverted Islamic fundamentalists to the phony Christians of the Klu Klux Klan. The facts are: the phony Muslims of groups like ISIS have killed more genuine Muslims than any other of their targeted groups. More importantly, the most effective fighters putting their lives on the line against ISIS are Muslims themselves.
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