Sun Dec 23rd, 2018 at 07:29:46 PM EST
The Myth of Rome, Athens and Trump
Enlightened by a Israeli news article about Trump in comparison with Roman emperor Caligula, I thought to frame Trump newest careless endeavor to get rid of Mattis and assign the Pentagon job to his man from Boeing - well a winged type anyway.
○ Trump taps Boeing executive Pat Shanahan for deputy secretary of defense | Seattle Times |
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Trump announces name of new Acting Secretary of Defense | Gulf News |
Alone and uncontrolled, Trump is the American Caligula | Ynet News |
Alone--this is the situation in which US President Donald Trump finds himself on Sunday, in every respect: he is alone politically, ideologically, internationally, and physically.
It is true; Trump still has Fox News and enthusiastic social media fans from small towns in the US and around Israel. But they are too far way, in spirit and body, from Washington.
The generals he was so proud of two years ago--Flynn, McMaster, Kelly, and now Jim Mattis--are all out, and his confidants Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort are headed to jail.
Trump's closest ministers and advisors, those who supported him from day one, like Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon, wouldn't dare show their faces at the White House. Even his wife, Melania, and his youngest son Barron, were planning to spend Christmas in Florida without him.
Solitude at the top is not only sad, it is dangerous: the Roman Emperor Caligula, as the legend goes, was so lonely that he talked to the moon and wanted to appoint his beloved horse, Incitatus, as consul in the Roman Senate.
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