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Letter: Something wicked this way comes

  • Author: Douglas Hope
    | Opinion
  • Updated: January 24
  • Published January 24

President Donald Trump’s latest skulduggery would bring a tear of nostalgia to old Al Capone’s eye if he were alive today. The ambush of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with their entourage, rivals the St. Valentine’s massacre of gangland Chicago. Trump had been briefed about Soleimani’s arrival by the Iraqi Prime Minister and had signaled his approval for a diplomatic detente between Iran and Iraq. Upon their arrival at the Baghdad airport, the president ordered the procession to be annihilated by a drone missile strike. Who is next on the Trump/Pompeo hit list of people to eliminate? Nicolas Maduro? Recep Erdogan or Rudy Giuliani?

This is what makes America great again: invasion, occupation, theft of natural resources, regime change, endless civilian casualties, separating undocumented children from their parents and penning them up like stray dogs, lies, sanctions, embargoes, torture, sucking up to the terrorist royal Saudi family, trillion-dollar deficits, trade wars, assassination and tax breaks for the wealthy.

Apparently a sense of morality, personal integrity and character are not necessary requirements for elected officials. The Trump presidency is the last gasp of a corrupt, ruthless and delusional superpower. His most ardent supporters are the very people who will be adversely affected by his impulsive reckless policymaking.

However, as P.T. Barnum famously observed, there is a sucker born every minute. This is certainly true of 21st-century America.

— Douglas Hope


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