THE GRINCH HAS LOST HIS MIND
’Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis — one of the last bulwarks against the president’s impulsivity — has cast a pall on the holidays and, perhaps, the future.
In his letter of resignation, Mattis said the president deserves a defense secretary who is “better aligned” with his worldview. This alone is a terrifying thought -what madman (or woman) would fit that description? There can’t be many generals left who would want the task of taking orders from a commander-in-chief who developed his military strategy playing Monopoly.
Having lost his battle to keep the president away from making stupid decisions that will backfire, he surrendered to what he apparently saw as his only option: abandoning ship. From this president’s bizarre flirtation with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — declaring without basis the end of Pyongyang’s nuclear aspirations — to his on-again-off-again romance with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a problematic trade war with China, Trump has behaved more like a casinogoer playing roulette than the leader of the world’s most-stabilizing force.