Note to self – President Trump is not a dumb guyPosted: April 7, 2017
I have to make a note to myself as a way to mark various events that are occurring, while I can still remember. A little time capsule if you will.
I did not vote for Mr Trump in the 2016 election, but I am certainly an observer of human behavior. I recently read an interview with Scott Adams in which he explained his views and observations of trump as essentially a mass hypnotist. I tend to agree with this view. That and the fact that Mr Trump is decently good at quite a few things, but probably not a master of anything. His combined skills on those several things have kept him in an elevated position his entire life.
But, what do I observe today, Friday April 7 2017? A couple weeks back, North Korea doing saber rattling as usual. US and Japan doing military exercises near them. Syrian government allegedly using chemical weapons on their own people, and the Chinese president Xi Jinping doing a world tour, stopping by the US colony to check on things.
So, what happens? The US drops a bunch of munitions (roughly 50 tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian airbase that was supposedly a part of the use of the chemical weapons. And, the next day, president Xi comes to visit…
Now, while the various pundits are wondering what this little show of aggression leads to in terms of the US involvement in Syria, I tend to think it has nothing to do with Syria at all. It’s a calculated way for Mr Trump to show his lack of fear, and ability to act unilaterally. He probably could not care less about Syria. What he does care about is showing China that he’s not afraid to go after North Korea. He’s trying to show the rest of the world that although his rhetoric is America first protectionist, it is in fact “American interests first”, which is subtly different, and means everything in the world. Mr Trump is telling the world, he will use American military to advance and protect American interests around the world.
This gives teeth to the “China better do something about North Korea, or I will”. Mr trump is going after the Vladimir Putin “strong man” leadership style. He doesn’t care about his popularity, as he knows there’s nothing like a little world skirmishing in the name of American interests to boost that. He’s playing the world, and the world is probably a step or two behind. This will be interesting to see the interaction with China, because although Mr Trump might be playing the world, China plans 50 – 100 years ahead.
Grab your popcorn.