The Biggest Bully …

As we all know, last week Donald Trump reneged on our commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement, calling it a ‘terrible deal’.  It was an extremely poor decision – nay, it was a disastrous decision.  Within 24 hours after his announcement, tensions in the Middle East increased and Iran, Israel and Syria were playing a game of ‘chicken’.  Our allies looked at us as if we had two heads, shook their own heads, and then began frantically scrambling to salvage the deal, if possible, without the U.S.  Frankly, we have now become a non-player, a pariah in the global world, an albatross to our allies, and a danger to global peace, such as it is.  But there’s more …

Donald Trump, with advise from his new National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has announced that he will impose sanctions on any of our allies who conduct business with Iran!  Just who the Sam Hell died and left him boss of the world???  Donald Trump has absolutely no concept of how global relations work, and worse, he has surrounded himself with warmongers who advocate bombing first, asking questions later.  Diplomacy is not in their vocabulary, apparently.

According to The Guardian …

“Trump’s most senior foreign policy aides signalled that the US would continue pressuring allies to follow Washington in backing out of the pact, which gave Tehran relief from sanctions in exchange for halting its nuclear programme.

John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, predicted that “the Europeans will see that it’s in their interests to come along with us” rather than continue with the 2015 deal, under which major European corporations have signed billions of dollars of contracts in Iran.

US sanctions on Iran reimposed following Trump’s withdrawal not only block American firms from doing business in the country, but also bar foreign firms that do business there from accessing the entire US banking and financial system.

Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticised by European leaders, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement.”

This is bullying, pure and simple.  A simple example … five children are on the playground:  Rouhani, Donnie, Theresa, Angela and Emmanuel.

The children are playing companionably, when all of a sudden Donnie gets mad at Rouhani and jerks the toy out of Rouhani’s hand.  Then Donnie kicks sand in the other children’s faces and stomps off.  The other children remain and try to start playing again, but Donnie stomps back over and jerks the toys out of the hands of Theresa, Angela and kicks Emmanuel in the face before taking his toy also.  This is beyond being a bully … this is a kid with psychopathic tendencies.  This is exactly what Trump is doing … to our allies!  Our friends!!!

The United States ceded its role as a global leader.  Donald Trump made it perfectly clear in May 2017 when, at the Nato summit in Belgium, he refused to reiterate the U.S.’ support of Article 5, which affirms that NATO members will come to the mutual defense of any member that is under attack. Every president since Harry Truman in 1949 has pledged to honour Article 5 … but Trump refused. That wasn’t the first sign, but it was the first major red flag to our allies that he was planning to kick sand in their faces.

The very next month, he announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, making the U.S. the only nation on the globe that is not committed to doing its share to protect our planet.

It was only three days after his inauguration that he signed an executive order ending the United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and United States that had been signed one year prior.  This was, perhaps, the beginning of the end – the first move away from being a player in the global economy and a step toward isolationism.

And then, of course, there was the announcement that we would not fulfill our responsibilities on the Iran nuclear deal, formally Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  With all these moves, plus many more less far-reaching, Trump has signaled to every other nation on the globe that he doesn’t plan to be a global player, that he is not a part of the team, and he plays only by his own rules, nobody else’s.

Trump’s decision to isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world, even wishing to build walls on our borders, is a very dangerous move, but any way you look at it, there is nothing … nothing … that gives him the right to dictate to other nations with whom they are allowed to do business.  Not only, would it seem, is Trump determined to escalate tensions in the Middle-East with his poor knowledge and judgment, but now he is trying to cause the very nations that were once our allies to declare war on us!

Meanwhile, he panders to the likes of Saudi King Salman, Russian President Putin, and President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.  And he practically falls to his knees when he hears the name Netanyahu. Dictators all, to a greater or lesser degree.  While he bans immigrants from other predominantly Muslim nations, claiming they may be terrorists, he leaves the borders open to the Saudis, even though 15 of the 19 terrorist hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia!  When he visited Saudi Arabia in May  2017, he told King Salman that they “will never question our support,” adding, “We are not here to lecture.”

There are plans for Trump to visit the UK and meet with Theresa May, and possibly, though it is not yet certain, meet the Queen on Friday, July 13th (think about that date, folks!).  But, in light of his multiple slaps in the face to the UK and other European nations, I would not be surprised if the invitation is rescinded.  Frankly, I hope it is, for the British people emphatically do not want him there, and I don’t imagine that Ms. May is any too happy with him at the moment.

Donald Trump has become every bit as much a bully as any dictator in the world.  He is leading the U.S. down a path toward being a lone island, with few who will stand beside us.  Economically, between his horrendous ‘tax bill’ last December, the tariffs he is imposing on our allies, and pulling out of the TPP, we are likely to see our economy in far worse shape by the end of this year.  Everything he has touched, he has destroyed.  The United States should hang her head in shame, for we have lost everything we could once be proud of.  Our leader is a bully and we will pay the price.

** A brief footnote:  Because of Donald Trump’s poor decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem with all due haste, last night, at least 52 Palestinians protesting at the  border were shot dead by Israeli soldiers and more than 1,700 were injured.  Those 40 deaths lie directly at the feet of none other than Donald Trump. 

50 thoughts on “The Biggest Bully …

  1. War never solves anything. Wars are the bankers ploy, keeps the markets buoyed. War creates grudges and hatreds, War has never been good for anyone but the elites. I like Bob Marley’s version. Cheers Jamie

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    • Ahhh Jamie … I get the feeling there is nothing you couldn’t manage to blame on the bankers! The oranges in my fridge went bad. Bankers? But I do definitely agree with you on Bob Marley’s version … it is spot on. Cheers!!!

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  2. Dear Jill,
    There is no doubt that the bully-in-chief lives in the White House. Yes, Russia’s President Putin is very pleased with President Trump’s actions and how he is distancing the USA from its allies.

    I am praying that the EU and UK unite on this one to give the bully-in-chief, the bloody nose that he deserves. If Iran, EU and UK could form a coalition, that would be great. But Iran could use this overture by EU and UK to mend some fences. Russia. Israel is aching to go to war with Iran, and Iran has to deal with this reality.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I keep picturing Trump as a puppet on a string, but I can’t quite figure out who is pulling the strings. Putin or Netanyahu?

      I’m with you … I hope the EU and UK stand firm in the face of his threats of sanctions. My friend in the Netherlands tells me, though, that economically they may not be able to, that the cost may be too great. But if he gets his way on this … the only thing that can possibly follow is disaster! This is comparable to me telling my neighbor, “I don’t want to shop at Kroger any more, so I don’t want you to either, and if you do, I will break every window in your house!” Bully!

      Hugs!!!

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  3. Now Donster…riddle me this…
    Sanctions against Iran whose Revolutionary Guard have their economic action plan and investments here, there and everywhere. And if I am right, then sanctions means a lessening of exports, and since some of the major economic powers are dead set against breaking off with Iran, then does that not mean hard times for the US economy?
    So how does that work then?

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  4. Jill, it is nigh impossible for a man with a lying, demeaning and vindictive personality to change. His biographers noted he has a hard time with the truth and his mentor, Roy Cohn, told him to never apologize and sue everyone. With 4,000 + lawsuits and having rarely, if ever. heard him say he was wrong, he follows that advice.

    So, he had always been a bully. What his followers fail to realize, he often bullied blue collar and white collar contractors doing business with Trump companies. He refused to pay them, forcing them to sue and then countersued. An attorney who worked for him is frequently complained of bad service as the reason for doing this. And, a contractor said before the election, the word on the street in working with Trump companies is get paid up front. Now, why would he say that?

    So, little of what he is doing is a surprise. Our allies are bullied and lied to. He is imposing tariffs and sanctions on allies. We are no longer a trusted partner. That is sad. Keith

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    • It IS sad, and I am amazed when I hear people say what a great businessman he is/was … he wasn’t a great businessman — he lied, cheated and stole to get his money. Even in school, it is said that he often bullied the other children. Surprised, aren’t you?

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      • Jill, while he is called that by his followers, financial reporters disagree. He is a great marketer and merchandiser. He is far less skilled as a manager, as evidence by the continual chaos and incompetence of the White House. Poor vetting, poor morale, poor communication planning, poor turnover record, etc.
        Keith

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  5. I am very concerned. I am old enough to know when the USSR said they would take the USA over from the inside. I think that Russia did just that. tRump is an agent of Russia in the fact he is in deep to the Russian mob and Putin is the head of the russian mob. The fact is Putin wants the US isolated as much as possible and tRump has been trying to do just that since his election. What stuns me is the deplorables don’t see it or don’t care as long as their religion and race is allowed to have majority power / privilege. Oh my how badly the republicans in congress have let their greed overcome their love of country, not to mention common sense. Hugs

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    • There was a time when I would have believed you were exaggerating. Today? It’s anybody’s guess, but I have certainly suspended disbelief, for we have seen things that were unimaginable a short two years ago. The lemmings? They are deluded. I saw an interview with a truck driver in Devin Nunes’ district. Asked his opinion of Nunes, he stated that he knew nothing about him and didn’t need to know. “If he votes with Trump, he’s my man!”. Mass stupidity.

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  6. I just hope the European leaders will not let themselves be bullied! Sadly, Europe has not shown a lot of spine the last decades, but maybe we will grow up now. And I hope we will do it quickly enough. Sigh.

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    • Hey, my friend! I was just thinking about you last night and wondering why I hadn’t seen you for a while.

      I think the European leaders are getting more and more disgusted with the madman at the helm in the U.S. by day, and I don’t think they will let themselves be bullied. At this stage, there is too much for them to lose … they cannot afford to bend to his will, and he has no right to even attempt to impose his will. Though, he seems to think the entire world was put here for his pleasure and that it is his personal playground.

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      • The problem of course is the economy … if European companies continue doing business in Iran, that could lead to problems at their US branches. I think the EU politicians are still trying to figure out how to deal with that.
        (P.S. I was on holiday in Austria! Took my laptop of course to do a little writing, but kept a away from political things for a while … quite peaceful!)

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    We knew long before he became the ‘candidate’. Why didn’t anyone, someone stop this before it got this far is beyond me!!
    ‘DrumpF has become every bit as much a bully as any dictator in the world. He is leading the U.S. down a path toward being a lone island, with few who will stand beside us.’

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    • Why didn’t anyone, someone stop this before it got this far …

      First, because his supporters think he’s the GOD of the U.S. … and second, the people he’s “hired” to “work” in his cabinet mostly agree with his thinking or they are too chicken-sh__ to disagree (lest they get publicly canned!).

      The ONLY way (at least IMO) we’re going to get back on solid footing is when he’s history … HOWEVER that comes about.

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      • Agree!! But he showed signs of all his evil during the campaign trail … I meant then. Now? I know why? As you have stated … Questions: when will he be history? What will it take? Can this country wait all that time? 4 years? 6 years? Or continue more years as he has suggested?

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      • Right now, there are two potential ways to either get him out or at least clip his wings. The Mueller investigation and the mid-terms. Neither are a certainty, though, so we must be doing everything we can to make sure that people get out there and VOTE in November, and as tiresome as it is getting, we need to keep writing and calling our elected representatives to voice our objections to them licking the boots of a madman. I’m with you, Nan … I don’t care HOW it happens, just make it happen!

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      • I agree that we stand no chance of a return to ‘normalcy’, whatever that is, until he is gone, but I think we also need to look at the underlying factors that put him into the office to begin with, for those factors are closely linked to the reason he feels empowered to do and say the things he does. He isn’t, after all, losing any of the support from his base, which indicates an even deeper problem. Sigh.

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  8. And yet…his minions mindlessly support him! I greatly fear what his next moves in further isolating our country will reveal. I greatly fear what horrors are sure to follow in the coming months as they are revealed. I greatly fear for the future of my children and grandchild at the mercy of this man’s whims…I am old, they are not. The citizens of this country MUST wake up to the possibilities of what may come to pass under this man’s destructive leadership, or lack thereof. Thank-you!

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    • I fully agree! His minions … lemmings, really, for they would gladly and blindly follow him off the edge of the highest cliff. I believe that changes will come before long. For better? For worse? Who can say, but the current situation cannot continue for much longer. Fingers crossed that the lemmings wake up and smell the coffee, rather than starting a civil war.

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  9. Ah yes, the threat of sanctions. 20 years ago, this may have been a real threat? Today, with the new silk road. Maybe the US under Mr. Trump, has not really taken that into account? Yes, he’s a smart guy? Maybe he knows more than we, the ordinary, know? The new silk road, as it is called, will be run by China, Russia and yes Iran. The bankers got Mr. Trump out of four holes. Maybe he’s trying to repay the debt? Cheers Jamie

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    • I think that the ‘new silk road’ will go on just fine, but without the U.S. Trump plays by his own rules, apparently, and has decided to isolate the U.S. in every way from the rest of the globe. We either get him out of office soon, or we are done. Cheers!!!

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    • One might laugh, if it weren’t so sad and frightening, when we remember that he said he was the only one who could bring peace to the Middle-East. I told my friend Herb today that I think Trump must define the word ‘peace’ differently than I do. Twice inside of a week, he has increased the tensions in the area, and this time he has at least 52 human lives on his shoulders, for in my book, he caused those deaths. Annnnnddd … with the alienation of our allies, we are a sitting duck.

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