Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Donald Trump's Response to the Orlando Nutjob Attack: Let's Return Fire, Increase Surveillance and Jack Everyone Up to a Higher Level of Fear and Hate

Here's what you need to know from Donald Trump's speech today on national security.

He said in part:
We need to respond to this attack on America as one united people – with force, purpose and determination.
Puhleez, that is the problem, the nutjobs among the Islamics want all Islamics to think of us as a united people who want to respond with force to all Islamics.

 Omar Saddiqui Mateen is dead, who are we going to respond with force against?

He then got more authoritarian:
As President I will give our intelligence community, law enforcement and military the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks.
But our intelligence community knew about the recent nutjob killers, what kind of tools does he want to give the intelligence community? Sounds like an expanded surveillance state.

And what "tools" exactly does law enforcement need? And how does the military come into this picture?

This is really all totalitarian talk.

He went on:
That is why our new goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism, not nation-building.
Got it? Trump doesn't want to end military adventures overseas, he wants to justify them in a different manner.

He ended his national security speech on a bizarre note about his Keynesian infrastructure plan:
I want to fix our schools, roads, bridges and job market.
Scary dude.

The full speech is here.



  1. Election 2016: Two brands of warmongering and authoritarian socialism

  2. Yep, Trump is full of it, "it" being more of the same. About the only argument in his favor as far as libertarian-leaning, non-interventionist folk are concerned---and it's not the strongest one---is that he *might* be less likely than Hillary to start World War III with the Russians. And recent Trump comments on Ukraine show he's moving closer to the establishment, pro-Cold War II line.

    Indeed, I can only shake my head at any poor fool who thinks---or who has ever thought---that Donald Trump is some kind of "outsider" or anti-establishment figure. As if someone who became a billionaire in corrupt, crony-riddled, late Imperial Amerika could be a stranger to the economic-political establishment! As the Donald gets closer to the White House his big mouth will sound more and more like it's attached to a standard GOP hack. And not that any sane or intelligent person or anyone who's not B. americanus really wants one--but Trump's no Mussolini; he's just a loud, vaunting, funnily-coifed crypto-Republican who plays an absurdist parody of Mussolini on TV.