Un­rav­el­ling pres­i­dent in the White House?

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

The Shia rebels are pur­port­edly sup­ported by Iran and Eritrea, and the Saudis by the U.S. and U.K.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the in­ter­ests are ap­par­ently based on greed.

Saudi Ara­bia wishes to con­vert the state into a vas­sal of its own be­cause of its de­sire to con­trol an im­por­tant oil pipe­line.

Pres­i­dent (Don­ald) Trump has con­tin­ued for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s pol­icy on Ye­men, in fact con­clud­ing an arms deal with Saudi Ara­bia worth more than a bil­lion dol­lars.

The U.S. has also led air strikes in the coun­try, stat­ing that Iran needs to be con­tained and ISIS and al Qaeda de­stroyed.

The po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary mo­tives are con­vo­luted, as they al­ways are, but the civil­ian suf­fer­ing is sim­ple and hu­man.

The world must step up its ef­forts to de­liver ur­gently needed hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in Ye­men. @FarzanaHas­san1

When uber-con­ser­va­tive Steve Ban­non was ban­ished from the White House as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s chief ad­viser, he made no bones about how he was now gunning for the en­tire Re­pub­li­can Party.

To him, it was an ex­tremely dys­func­tional anti-Trump col­lec­tive, pop­u­lated by di­nosaurs, that was in dire need of a good culling.

The other day, Ban­non was in the head­lines again af­ter re­port­edly telling Van­ity Fair that he be­lieved Trump had an only 30% chance of serv­ing a full term in the Oval Of­fice.

He wasn’t talk­ing about Trump be­ing whacked by some crazed gun­man in a gun­crazed Amer­ica, or about him be­ing im­peached in a fash­ion rem­i­nis­cent of pres­i­dents Richard Nixon and Bill Clin­ton.

The for­mer was a crook, and the lat­ter a horn-dog.

No, Ban­non was talk­ing about the ob­scure 25th Amend­ment, in­voked af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of John F. Kennedy, that would al­low Trump’s own cabi­net to vote him out of of­fice un­der spe­cific sit­u­a­tions if the pres­i­dent’s health — phys­i­cal or men­tal — im­pairs his abil­ity to per­form his du­ties.

In other words, if Ban­non is cor­rect, there is a mod­ern-day Julius Cae­sar play in the works where Trump’s in­ner cir­cle is plot­ting to take him out, and put Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence in the big chair.

It takes no ge­nius to as­sume that it will be Trump’s men­tal health that would be brought into play if Ban­non’s prophecy has any va­lid­ity since the pres­i­dent’s phys­i­cal health ap­pears to be fine.

It’s his un­pre­dictable brain pat­terns that are wor­ri­some, with both Democrats and Repub­li­cans alike voic­ing opin­ions that come close to say­ing out­right that there is a lu­natic in the White House.

With­out ques­tion, Trump makes out­ra­geous state­ments, lies with­out sec­ond thought, tweets both venom and threats, and of­ten comes across as if play­ing Crazy 8s with a euchre deck.

It doesn’t help that Van­ity Fair re­ported that sources in the White House have Trump “un­sta­ble … los­ing a step … un­rav­el­ling,” and pro­claim­ing he “hates ev­ery­one in the White House.”

Ban­non, of course, is no fan of Mike Pence. When Pence mark­bonokoski@gmail.com was named as Trump’s vi­cepres­i­den­tial run­ning mate, emails from Ban­non ob­tained by Buz­zFeed, had him call­ing Pence an “un­for­tu­nate ne­ces­sity” and the “price we pay for the #nev­ertrump move­ment.”

Now out of the White House and back with Bre­it­bart, Ban­non is ramp­ing up ef­forts to field a slate of pri­mary con­tenders to re­place in­cum­bent Re­pub­li­can sen­a­tors in 2018 with a more pro-Trump crowd, par­tic­u­larly Sen­ate ma­jor­ity leader Mitch McCon­nell who is seen as both the en­emy and the money man in the GOP.

And he wants to see the 25th Amend­ment sce­nario doused.

Since late Septem­ber, when the Ban­non-backed for­mer judge Roy Moore ousted Sen. Luther Strange in an Alabama Re­pub­li­can pri­mary, Ban­non has been hun­kered down with big GOP donors and po­ten­tial can­di­dates to plot against Repub­li­cans re­spon­si­ble for Trump’s fail­ure to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare.

Ban­non’s vic­tory in Alabama in­vig­o­rated his de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Moore, to most pun­dits, didn’t have a hope in hell of win­ning. In fact, he was twice tossed out as the state’s chief jus­tice.

The first was for his re­fusal to re­move a Ten Com­mand­ments mon­u­ment, and the sec­ond was for re­fus­ing to rec­og­nize the U.S. Supreme Court’s rul­ing le­gal­iz­ing same­sex mar­riage.

Yet he still beat out Luther Strange, who rode into the elec­tion bol­stered with $10 mil­lion in ad­ver­tis­ing from the McCon­nell-aligned Sen­ate Lead­er­ship Fund.

On Thurs­day, Wash­ing­ton Post po­lit­i­cal columnist Robert Ka­gan penned a syn­di­cated piece that car­ried the head­line, “Steve Ban­non is killing the Re­pub­li­can Party.

“Good rid­dance (to it),” was the kicker.

Crazy times.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.