Woody Allen without the humour

This is fairly scathing from Peggy Noonan at Wall Street Journal:

Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor

The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.

He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen.

It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife.

Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.

Half the president’s tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.

Noonan can probably expect a near dawn attack by Twitter after this.

It’s all whimpering accusation and finger-pointing: Nobody’s nice to me. Why don’t they appreciate me?

His inability—not his refusal, but his inability—to embrace the public and rhetorical role of the presidency consistently and constructively is weak.

This is brutal but I think it is brutally perceptive.

Meanwhile the whole world is watching, a world that contains predators. How could they not be seeing this weakness, confusion and chaos and thinking it’s a good time to cause some trouble?

And that is a major concern, for the US and for the world.

If a country perceives weakness and takes an opportunity to take advantage of the US chaos to predate on another country then the chaos could spread.

It has already happened to an extent to Qatar, with other Middle East countries, under cover of Trump’s tacit support, dumping on them.

The biggest threat is that exploiting Trump’s weakness may push him into trying to assert some power, via the nuclear button.

Trump frequently goes nuclear on Twitter, attacking people who annoy him or won’t do what he wants. But to the world his twitty tweets are a harmless joke.  He is becoming a laughing stock, and by association the US is at risk of being dragged down with him.

A weak bully with a big button is a big risk.

There’s nothing we can do from here but watch with amusement, bemusement and concern, and hope that there are people with strength of character who will stand up to Trump when it really matters.

 

 

13 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  July 29, 2017

    Yep just the same, well except that Trump has never had an affair with his adoptive step-daughter (I think that is the correct relationship), before marrying her.

    • Blazer

       /  July 29, 2017

      Nevertheless Trump did say Ivanka would be a target for his affections if he were not her father. ..creepy enough.

  2. Corky

     /  July 29, 2017

    Poor Trumpy. However, thank god for his inability to hide his flaws. At least we know “where he is at.”

    Now lets apply the same test to Putin…? All we see is a sombre face, and a man who tells an interviewer he doesn’t have bad days because he is not a woman( very revealing).

    That’s it…apart from a few dead bodies.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 29, 2017

    Another snarky bitch. What’s new?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 29, 2017

        Yes, looks like Trump is going to get rid of the politicians and replace them with generals and business people. There’ll be a lot of wailing about that in Washington and gruesone predictions in Lefty academia and media,

        • Conspiratoor

           /  July 29, 2017

          Arent these folks going to be fully unhinged when they find the great unwashed actually like what he is doing, depart from the script and re-elect him. The ‘Shy Trump Voter’ speaks again. It will be a beautiful thing to behold…

          • artcroft

             /  July 29, 2017

            Are you talking about the Russians here?

        • Kevin

           /  July 29, 2017

          Don’t forget not allowing people with gender dysphoria in the military making for a stronger army.

    • @aw I replied to your RSA visa/Capetown post on yesterday’s Open Forum.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 29, 2017

        And an interesting post it was trav. As a consequence I learnt two things about that part of the world. i could now bore you for hours on Namibia’s panhandle and the pros and cons of the concessions vs private land from a safari perspective. Definitely worth a visit one day. Cheers,c

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 29, 2017

        Thanks trav. Replied now https://yournz.org/2017/07/28/open-forum-friday-139/#comment-205416

        Busy day yesterday and didn’t get bsck here.

  4. Hahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahaha…. And Trump is still president and is slowly swapping out guys more loyal to the Republican National Committee than to him…….

    Interestingly unlike the “strong” Obama, Trump hasn’t turn any countries in to war zones yet. He has just inherited conflicts and is trying to manage them…

    Barry and Hills though:
    > destroyed Libya and uncorked the bottle of uncontrolled, illegal migration form Africa to Europe. BRILLIANT job Barack and Hillary – just BRILLIANT
    > de-stabilised Ukraine with a stupid NATO on Russia’s doorstep strategy totally ignoring Russia’s longstanding, valid fear of invasion from the west and wiping out the tradition of the Rus trading space for time by having buffer states to protect mother Russia..
    >Made Syria much, much, much worse by undermining Assad… becasue Syria is a Russian client state

    Yip the previous administration was STELLAR on the foreign affairs front…..

    Trump has had what 6.5 months or so – and the whole time even before he took office there has been a co-ordinated attack on him.

    I suspect he will have the last laugh