WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020
Mister Trump's (still possible) War: Within the past week, we read an essay by Tom Nichols which we thought was almost completely undiscerning.
We can't recall what the essay was about. We can't recall where we read it. We're still battling with our computer, so we don't plan to seek it out now.
That said, we just clicked over to The Atlantic and we found this new essay by Nichols. Based on the headlines atop his piece, he's thinking about the potential disaster we've long been warned about:
Trump Could Still Start a Last-Ditch War With Iran
A final grand distraction before the president is forced to relinquish his office is a real danger that deserves serious attention.
Those are the gentleman's headlines. Highly disconsolate major experts have warned us about such possibilities over the past several years.
For ourselves, we breathed a substantial sigh of relief when Trump stood down from his threat to undermine the Covid relief deal. Based on that behavior, it seemed to us that Trump may not be planning, like Samson of old, to pull the temple down around him on his way out the door.
We retain that sense from the way Trump, like Achilles before him, chose to beat back his great anger. That said, disastrous behavior could still occur—or at least, so says Nichols in this piece, as he discusses his fears.
Given the fact that no one is, we don't regard Nichols as a seer. That doesn't mean that Nichols is wrong about this point of concern.
Nichols says this possibility "deserves serious discussion." Alas! The upper-end press corps agreed, long ago, that major aspects of our horrible ongoing situation simply cannot be discussed.
Repeat: Large parts of this matter cannot be discussed, under terms of Hard Pundit Law!
For ourselves, we breathed a significant sigh of relief when Trump sighed the Covid relief deal. We offer this as another snapshot, delivered right here at year's end.