I’m beginning to suspect that, given who he’s likely to be up against in November, Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020. But as one of his advisers – and I guess in a sense I am, since I know he’s an avid follower of this blog – just to be on the safe side I’ve counseled him to start a winnable but not-yet-won war.
This is guaranteed to work for two reasons. First, it’ll be touted as a bad idea to switch commanders-in-chief while “America’s finest are in harm’s way.” And second, it would be utterly unpatriotic for any Democrats to criticize the war effort while “America’s finest are in harm’s way.” North Korea is out because it has nuclear weapons. But Iran doesn’t. Hence yesterday’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani.
What Trump is counting on, of course, is that the conflict will escalate. Unfortunately, at least for the Province of Alberta here in Canada, it won’t. Reality just isn’t that kind. An ‘accidental’ strike on an oil tanker would close the Straits of Hormuz for months. That, in turn, would put a hundred thousand Albertan oil workers back on the job. The royalties would flood the provincial budget, university belts would loosen, the Canadian dollar would soar, and so my April-to-September life in Italy would get even cheaper …
The downside, of course, is another four years of Trump. But as already noted, that may be in the cards in any case. If so, I’m not the kind of person to remind the Democrats that I told them so, though just for the record, I did. I said, if you recall, that a vote for Sanders or Biden or Warren is a vote for their running mate. And if you’re pushing instead for a fresh face, Joseph Kennedy would have been a much better bet than Pete Buttigieg.
It’s true that all’s well that ends well. But it’s the damage done in the meantime that has people worried. If you’re one of them, don’t be. In the same way, and for the same reason, that God won’t allow global warming to destroy the planet before the promised Second Coming, neither will He allow Trump to destroy it. Unless, that is, Trump is the Second Coming.