CHARLOTTE, NC: When it comes to politics, it’s not unusual to have countless opinions on virtually every issue. When it comes to politics under Donald Trump’s leadership, the points of view increase tenfold. If there is one thing most unpredictable about this president, it has to be his predictability. Until it’s not.
In some ways, that could be a good thing, not unlike a pitcher in baseball who has little control, thereby making opponents describe him as being “effectively wild.” The premise is that if the pitcher doesn’t know where the ball is going, then how can the batter possibly know?
That’s Donald Trump in a nutshell.
Case in point, the current “cat and mouse” conflict between the U.S. and Iran.
When Iran foolishly attacked an American drone flying in international waters last week, Trump instinctively opted for retaliatory military strikes. However, at the last minute because the response was deemed “unproportionate.”
A military response could have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians. Military estimates were 150 Iranian deaths. Furthermore, some analysts speculate that a retaliatory stroke would put dangerously close to a hot war. Instead of the simmering cold war of words and actions.
Instead, Mr. Trump began the process to impose “major” new sanctions on Iran according to Breitbart News.
Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to Nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable. We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
The new sanctions, however, are also controversial because, as David Marcus of The Federalist tells us,
“Yesterday we found out he (Trump) did pull the trigger on a different kind of response, and the United States launched a cyber attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, disabling some weapon systems.”
Marcus opines that escalated cyber warfare is particularly worrisome for the United States because we are so vulnerable in that area. Writes Marcus,
“High-ranking military officials consider the cyber threat to the United States to be the greatest we face from foreign adversaries.”
“This is likely not the first time the United States has used a destructive cyber attack against Iran. In 2010 the Stuxnet virus wreaked havoc on the Iranian nuclear program. It is widely believed that this virus was created and employed by the United States and Israel,” adds Marcus who believes Trump’s strategy is correct despite the potential risk.
“How Iran responds will determine if greater cyber attacks might be employed. This was the right attack, it is the right threat to emphasize, and it is the dawn of a new kind of war that will shape the course of international relations,” continues Marcus.
In the world of technology Trump’s tactics are seen as more of an inconvenience, than a major threat. More severe cyber attacks would come in the realm of actually degrading computing capabilities.
A Cyber Pearl-Harbor
It’s easy to understand that technologically advanced nations in the West could be quickly marginalized in the wake of something experts call a “cyber Pearl Harbor.”
Does anyone recall the worldwide apprehension of an international computer crisis with Y-2K at the turn of the century?
Add our “effectively wild” president to the recipe and it’s difficult to know what to expect.
Donald Trump’s best friend may cross the line, no matter how innocently, at any given time, causing the president to blast that person on Twitter the following day.
Therein lies Trump’s playground mentality with his “unpredictable predictability.”
The only thing we know for sure is that when a crisis occurs, right or wrong, Trump will always do something. Meanwhile, the whole world will hold its collective breath that he will make the “right” choice or, at the very least, select the lesser of the optional evils.
As one analyst sees it, the best way to handle the situation is by using Reaganesque methods:
“(T)he best approach to this ideological war against Iran is through containment, deterrence, and multilateralism — the same tools that the United States effectively used to defeat the Soviet Union’s global threat in the Cold War.”
In politics, hindsight is almost always the easiest way out. Just label it the “I told to you so syndrome.” If lying wasn’t so prevalent in Washington, then finger-pointing would hand down be the most popular pastime.
The 2020 presidential campaign is not far away, at least by media standards.
There isn’t much time to set up events like impeachment proceedings. However, there’s still more than enough time to get a lot of things done that could influence the outcome.
One thing is predictable if Donald Trump runs again, and that is while the election process may appear to be in disarray and out of control it will likely be part of the Donald Trump’s game plan to keep his opponents off guard using predictable unpredictable.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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