William J. Astore: Just keep one image in mind: Republicans are Lucy holding the football, and you are Charlie Brown.
Trump operates in the shallows. His experience is in high-priced real-estate and media. He’s best at hyping a certain image of himself. He’s a bull-shitter, and he’s had lots of practice.
William J. Astore: Forget about the global fight against ISIS: The big focus at the Pentagon is now going to be on spending that windfall of taxpayers’ dollars.
William J. Astore: When you forge a bigger hammer, you tend not to leave it unused in the tool shed. No — you look for bigger nails to strike.
William J. Astore: Nowadays, most people admit Iraq had no active WMD programs in 2002 and that the mission wasn’t accomplished in 2003, but the success of the surge in 2007 is still being sold as truth
William J. Astore: Basically, the U.S. is rewarding Afghan governmental forces for failure. The more they fail, the more aid the U.S. sends in the form of money, weaponry, and troops.
William J. Astore: King Trump I is about to escalate what he and his courtiers see as a religious/civilizational war. Donning a military cap and flight jacket, Trump promises quick victories against a dastardly enemy.
William J. Astore: Be careful what you wish for, Trump and cronies, and be especially careful about declaring victory in wars before you’ve even fought them. Here Sun Tzu has much to teach our “warriors” in the White House.
William J. Astore: Trump is a lasher. He attacks everything: “failed” generals, “murderous” Mexicans, “terrorist” Muslims, the “lying” press, unfair judges, even Rosie O’Donnell , beauty queens, and Nordstrom (!).
William J. Astore: But what makes people truly secure? How about a living wage, decent health care, and quality education? Affordable housing?
William J. Astore: If the U.S. is now “a nation at war,” when, do tell, will we return to being a nation at peace? If the answer is, “When the last terrorist is eliminated,” say goodbye right now to what’s left of American democracy.
William J. Astore: Trump’s president now, a symbol (like it or not) of America. Generating animosity and discord as a public servant is divisive, fractious, selfish, and unwise.
William J. Astore: Flynn’s war against radical Islamists would be unending, driven as it would be by outrage against what he saw as a verminous enemy.