Opinion | Trump’s Dream Come True: Trashing Obama and Iran in One Move – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

My wife is building a language museum in Washington (I’m its vice chairman), so people often send her funny examples of word play, including a list of mixed-up idioms from oxforddictionaries.com. Among my favorites: “Don’t judge a book before it’s hatched.” “Every cloud has a silver spoon in its mouth.” “It’s not rocket surgery.” “You can’t teach a leopard new spots.” And one that perfectly describes President Trump’s approach to every one of Barack Obama’s policies, including his nuclear deal with Iran: “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.”

And that’s my subject for today. Trump, by taking a hard line on Iran, drew some needed attention to Iran’s bad behavior and created an opportunity to improve the nuclear deal. But to do so would have required Trump to admit that there was merit in the deal Obama had forged and to be content with limited, but valuable, fixes that our European allies likely would have embraced.

Instead, Trump pushed for the max, torched the whole bridge, separating us from Germany, France and Britain, undermining the forces of moderation in Iran and requiring Trump to now manage — on his own — a complex, multidimensional confrontation with Tehran.

Color me dubious that a president who has not been able to manage his confrontation with a stripper, or prevent leaks in his White House, can manage a multifront strategy for confronting Iran and North Korea and trade wars with China, Europe and Mexico.

via Opinion | Trump’s Dream Come True: Trashing Obama and Iran in One Move – The New York Times

David Lindsay:   Excellent op-ed. I wonder if the Iranians would have budged without major new concessions to them.   Here are some of the top comments I recommended:

Times Pick

Mr. Friedman, dare I suggest you made a misplaced assumption when you inferred that president Trump is astutely aware of Iranian misdeeds.

The president has never articulated a single cogent criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal. What we have repeatedly heard is, “It’s the worst deal ever. Very, very bad. Horrible.” This tells us nothing, which is the reflection of what the president knows. I bet you, and this is sad to think, that president Trump would be unable to locate Iran on a world map.

The Trump presidency’s primary political goal is to completely efface Obama’s legacy. Trump’s thinking is simple: if Obama said it was good, it must be bad. It’s really quite that simple. That is unfortunately the shallow depth of Trump’s capabilities.

Rick Gage commented May 15

Rick Gage
Mt Dora
Times Pick

You give Donald too much credit. There is, and never was, a strategy aimed at pointing out Iran’s other bad actions in the Middle East. He hasn’t even acknowledged the bad actions Russia has inflicted here in the U.S.A. Trump’s only reason for walking away from this deal, the TPP and the Paris accords was that Obama midwifed them. That’s it. Just childish petulance because Obama made fun of him, in public, at the White House Correspondents Dinner. His only strategy is to try to erase all of the Obama Legacy. But, the jokes on him because with every reactive overreach he only burnishes Barack’s reputation. The contrast between these two leaders will have historians laughing harder than the invited guest at that fateful dinner.

Socrates commented May 15

Downtown Verona. NJ

Just as Donald has destabilized the United States by systematically catering to the lowest common denominator, he is slowly destabilizing the world with the same destructive technique.

Everything Donald touches turns to fecal matter; it may not happen right away, but give his natural poison time to work and he will destroy everything he touches.

The appeal of smashing everything to smithereens has great appeal to simple infantile minds.

He tried to destroy the ACA….and replace it with nothing and send about 15 million Americans hurling into the outer healthcare atmosphere where they would waste away.

He wants to destroy the Paris Accord…and replace it with accelerated manmade global warming that trashes our climate every waking second.

He destroyed the Iran agreement…and replaced it with the Art of Acting Like A Tough Guy.

He incited Muslim religious fanatics by idiotically moving the American embassy to Jerusalem to please Christian and Jewish religious fanatics, putting a final nail in the coffin of Israeli peace.

We don’t know what he’ll destroy yet on the Korean peninsula, but he’s working on it.

Add in his domestic destruction by signing a one-sided tax law that bypassed all Congressional legislative norms, his abandonment of national infrastructure, and his comprehensive lack of ethics, curiosity and knowledge, and he’s destroyed the dignity of the Presidency and the United States.

The only thing Donald has built has been a ticking Presidential time bomb.

About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com. David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)gmail.com.
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