The only stage prop missing from President Trump’s declaration of indivisible triumph in the missile attack on Syria was an aircraft carrier from which George W. Bush announced our “victory” over Iraq.
We could see it coming after Bush’s first team declared that homeowners in Baghdad would soon lay out a square dedicated to America. That was a couple of months or so before Bush landed carrier-top in his flight regalia to assure us peace was at hand.
After all, Dick Cheney had been telling anyone who asked that the war would end not in a few months but in a couple of weeks.
So, there was precedence for Trump’s vigorous heroics before the cameras since it had been a bad week for him with his cast of characters unsure of their fate in the relentless Mueller probe. As we have seen, Trump spends most of his time running with scissors. But with missiles (which he had all but claimed credit for their creation) and the support of Britain and France, Trump returned to his puffy glory days when he set out to make America great again. That mission unaccomplished. Trump can’t possibly hear the other voices in other rooms who are now calibrating his administration to a Mafia operation.
If you were as foolish as I was to look in on CIA director Mike Pompeo’s guarded testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, you would have witnessed the uselessness of these panels. In Pompeo’s case, he picked up where Jeff Sessions left off at his own hearing, insisting he couldn’t recall the more sensitive instances that could have cost him his appointment.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) announced that he would be leaving at the end of the year thereby adding more moving parts to the malfunctioning Republican caucus in order to spend more time with his family.
And Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who was under investigation for a lot of things, was spending more time with his own personal lawyer.
And then there’s Stormy Daniels, who says she isn’t going anywhere.