Category Archives: Trump

What next, I wonder

I’ve just finished reading The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes, former speech-writer and latterly confidant to Barak Obama, and I can’t help thinking that we shall come to see something of Obama in Theresa May, now that they are both former world leaders.

Obama was dignified, principled, full of integrity and was succeeded by what some folks would recognise as (and others believe is) a charlatan.

Against my better judgement, I believe May was all those things – though she did lack some of Obama’s charm and principled behaviour and was equally stubborn, among other things – and has been followed by a charlatan.

Alexander ‘Boris’ Johnson [to give him his proper name] was never my choice of Prime Minister – not that I know who should have been – but he was the outright choice of the Conservative Party members.

What happens over the next few weeks, months and even years is anybody’s guess. We may all be glad he’s in charge and that, instead of mind-numbing inactivity, decisions are being acted on unthinkingly, if not swiftly. Or we could all be wringing our hands, wishing and hoping that he won’t, or even can’t, be around for very long.

What’s certain is that it will not be easy. Those in work will find themselves worse off; those looking for work will find it even more difficult to come by than it is now.

As someone who’s retired from work – and from looking for it – I am not hopeful; I anticipate taxes and the cost of living will rise; that I am likely to be worse off than I was before Donald Trump took charge in the US and Alexander Johnson did the same in the UK.

It doesn’t look good.

Dogs that bark in the night

A couple of days ago, as he was giving his debut address to the United Nations, Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” and went on to ridicule the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, by referring to him as “rocket man”.

I ask you, what kind of language is that for a President to use? It’s certainly not what Barack Obama would’ve used.

Now the North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho, has witheringly described Trump’s threat as “the sound of a dog barking”, referring to a Korean proverb that says that the marching goes on even when dogs bark.

In all this rhetoric, one question bothers me: did Trump mean what he said, or was he just trying to put the frighteners on Kim Jong-un?

If he meant what he said – that he would “totally destroy North Korea” – we should all be afraid; very afraid.

If he was just trying to scare Kim Jong-un into ceasing his nuclear testing, I doubt the leader of North Korea is that easily scared. Even his Foreign Minister said, in reference to  the ‘rocket man’ epithet: “I feel sorry for his aides.” He also reminded reporters that, in Korean, a dog dream is one that makes little sense.

We may feel that this is ‘an American problem’; that Trump and the North Koreans should just carry on slagging each other off until they are exhausted.

The trouble is, it isn’t. Which is why I think we should all be very afraid.

 

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