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Trump Rebuts Corker “World War III” Charge

President Trump Tuesday rebutted a contention by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that Trump’s “reckless” behavior was putting the United States on a path toward World War III.

Trump took questions today from reporters during a visit to the Oval Office by Henry Kissinger:

Question: Mr. President, is Senator Corker right that you’re putting the U.S. on the path to World War III?

Trump: We were on the wrong path before. All you have to do is take a look. If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem — a problem like this world has never seen. We’re on the right path right now, believe me.

He’s right. He’s exactly right. If anyone put us on a path toward World War III, it was Corker. He arranged things in the Senate so that instead of Barack Obama needing a two-thirds majority to approve the Iran treaty, as required under the Constitution, a two-thirds majority was needed to reject the deal. The agreement, of course, allows Iran to make nuclear weapons in about a decade.

Sounds like World War III to me.

Many who supported Trump worry about his rashness. But they believe he was well worth the risk.

The fact is that nothing has gotten us closer to the abyss, whether it’s the debt, ISIS, or nuclear weapons for North Korea and Iran, than the cool, calm heads that reign in the Washington establishment. These people ultimately believe that other countries think like we do and can be persuaded by reason. They can’t.

American voters reasoned that Trump is someone who won’t accept the status quo that is potentially leading us to doom. They decided he was bold enough and strong enough in his beliefs that he would do something to change it. He’s not a pussy, and he doesn’t assume that Ayatollah Khamenei “gets it.” And that makes Trump a lot less dangerous than Barack Obama, who was afraid to act and who didn’t understand other cultures as well as Trump does.

That’s right, Trump gets foreigners better than Obama.

Here’s Trump with Kissinger. Earlier, a crane had deposited Kissinger into his seat, where he awaited Trump.

Where Have You Gone, Henry Kissinger?

Wanted to share this video of an appearance by Henry Kissinger on Greta Van Sustern’s show the other day.

Watch it. Bask in the warmth of the clarity, depth, and wisdom of the analysis of the Libya situation. Notice the effortless recourse to strategic thinking by the man, where the urgency  of the chattering class about Libya crisis is cast indelicately aside in favor of a sober understanding of the broader national security issues facing the United States.

And ask yourself, do you feel any single tiny bit of confidence that we have anyone running out foreign policy and looking out for ournational security who can play international chess like this man? Who understands the world affairs, history, and U.S. interests in the way that Kissinger does?

What exactly qualified Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State? Nothing, except a book Obama had just read, “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, that suggested he should act like Lincoln and put his antagonists in the Cabinet. And to keep Hillary from challenging him in 2012.

And National Security Adviser Tom Donillon? He’s an amateur who spent most of the last decade as a lobbyist.

Not saying we need Kissinger. But we need someone like him.

Obama Gets a Visit From the Tooth Fairy

The Scene: President Obama is sitting alone in his hotel room in Seoul, South Korea, nursing his wounds from a G-20 summit that has seen the rejection of his entreaties for China to let its currency rise and the failure of efforts to secure a trade deal with South Korea.

Suddenly, a small figure with a wand dressed like a magical fairy enters the chamber. Obama looks up from his slumber, stirring with mild concern.

“Excuse me, who are you? How did you get in here?”

“I’m the Tooth Fairy.”

“The what?”

“The Tooth Fairy.”

“Okay, you’re the Tooth Fairy. What are you doing here?”

“Well, I’ve come to complain about something.”

“You and everyone else.”

“Yes, well, it seems your cheap dollar policy is ruining me.”

“We don’t have a cheap dollar policy.”

“Please, don’t give me that bullshit. I’m supernatural, I know what’s going on.”

“Well, OK.”

“So I’ve been putting dollars underneath all the pillows of these kids who lose their teeth, and they’re totally dissatisfied. I mean, they’re demanding euros for chrissake. You’re destroying my business.”

“Listen, what am I going to do? The Chinese won’t devalue their currency. I gotta get them buying U.S. goods or the economy is never going to get going. There just a bunch of jerks”

“Well, why don’t YOU start being a jerk.”

“Well, they’ll get angry and -”

“They expect you to be a jerk. They will respect you and like you for it.”

“But if I can just show them my goodwill they’ll see I’m only trying to -”

“Will you grow the fuck up? These people clawed their way to the top of a massive dictatorship. They don’t have any time for your feel-good bullshit.”

“But I felt if I could just reason with Hu Jintao -”

“Yeah, well, he told his aides you were very reasonable.”

“Oh, that’s good.”

“No, that’s bad.”

“That’s bad? He said I was reasonable.”

“Yes, but he’s unreasonable.”

“But if I -”

“He’ll only listen to you if you’re unreasonable. You have to get outside yourself Barack. The world doesn’t operate on your elevated level. You have to take people for who they are.”

“Well, what should I do?”

“Declare China a ‘Currency Manipulator.'”

“Oh, yes, well the Commerce Department has been studying that for months but right now we feel it could provoke a terrible reaction.”

“Are they manipulating their currency?”

“Yes.”

“Then declare China a Currency Manipulator.”

“What else should I do?”

“Bomb Iran.”

“Bomb Iran?”

“Do you have a lot of bunker busting bombs?”

“Yeah, lots of them.”

“Use them all. Bomb the shit out them. What’s your choice? Sanctions aren’t working. Is it really acceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons? It’ll be the end of the world as we know it.”

“But what’s this got to do with China? They’ll be furious. The Middle East will explode.”

“No they won’t be, and no it won’t. They’ll all love it. They’ll worship you. And they’ll know you finally mean business.”

“I do mean business.”

“You don’t mean crapola. How do you think Reagan got the attention of the Russians?”

“He was tough with them.”

“PATCO strike.”

“The what? Oh yeah . . . ”

“He fired all the air traffic controllers for striking, and Russia knew he was someone not to mess with. But you’re way too far gone, buddy. You need to bomb Iran to let China know you’re the man. Instead of messing with them, which is what they expect, you got off on the wrong foot with them by letting Hillary says she didn’t want to talk to them about dissidents.”

“But they know it’s pro forma.”

“But if you don’t mention it, they take it as signal they can do what they want, and that you are too weak to stand up to them.”

“You have a pretty subtle grasp of diplomacy for a Tooth Fairy. You even sound a little bit like Henry Kissinger.”

(Silence)

“Wait second, take off that costume.”

“I really must be going.”

“Give me this – you ARE HENRY KISSINGER.”

“You never take my phone calls.”

“Well, I’m sorry. Maybe we can talk some more in the future.”

“Thank you Mr. President.”

“Let me ask you – why did you dress up like the tooth fairy?”

“Well, it just seemed from the way you were conducting foreign policy, you probably believed in the tooth fairy.”