Erod­ing trust

Chicago Tribune - - PERSPECTIVE -

In the after­math of Fri­day’s mis­sile at­tack against Syria, my con­cern is not whether it nec­es­sar­ily was right or wrong, as I will leave that to the sup­posed ex­perts of mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence. Rather, I wonder if we can be­lieve the leader of this coun­try, when he now de­clares the at­tack an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess, with all tar­gets hit and de­stroyed. Given this man’s track record thus far for truth­ful­ness, and de­mand­ing his sub­or­di­nates’ un­qual­i­fied loy­alty with­out re­gard to what is re­ally cor­rect or factual, this now seems to be one of the main is­sues the cit­i­zens of this coun­try must wres­tle with day in and day out, along with his daily petu­lant child-like com­ments.

Granted, it ap­pears even the mil­i­tary ex­perts seem to be of the same opin­ion as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, but then again, what pres­sures may they be fac­ing from within, based on this man’s his­tory dur­ing his term of of­fice? Is what he seeks just more self­grat­i­fi­ca­tion of his sup­posed lead­er­ship? Or can we ac­tu­ally take his word at face value for once? He has put him­self and the rest of us in this quandary, and now it ap­pears we must live with this con­stant un­cer­tainty. It shouldn’t have to be like that. Yet, it ap­pears he has no one else to blame than him­self, and maybe so do we.

— Charles Kliche, Lom­bard

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