Still Looking For the Up-Side

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President Trump has made good on yet another brain dead campaign promise, this time by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. There was a formal ceremony to recognize the change and it included words from a pastor who has publicly announced that all Jews are going to hell, comments from know-nothing, double-dealing Jared Kushner and self-satisfied chest thumping from hard line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Donald Trump on video.

After decades of U.S. Presidents having the good sense to avoid a declaration of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel (check out this post), Donald Trump has once again trashed well thought out policy in favor of smashing and breaking everything in sight and in the process has managed to jump into a smoldering pile of terrible.

Even as the lovely embassy ceremonies were proceeding, Gazans were conducting a massive protest just a few miles away, where dozens of Gazans were killed and thousands wounded by Israeli forces. It won’t stop – there will be more violence triggered by the U.S. embassy move, because it is seen in the Palestinian and entire Arab world as the full embracing of Israel by the U.S. and the total abandonment of Palestinians. Indeed, Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the U.S. in protest. The obvious dissing of Palestinians is exactly why Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama exercised the escape clause of the Oslo Accords and did not move our embassy.

Once again, though, Donald Trump has made clear that all he cares about is making transactional deals and that he has no concept of strategy or consequences. He’s actually ignorant enough to believe that he’s just achieved something worthwhile.

Instead, Trump has told the Palestinians that the U.S. is no longer an honest broker for peace, leaving them without hope, so they have nothing to lose by being violent. It is what all people without hope eventually do.

When Trump first announced in December, 2017 his intention to move the U.S. embassy, I asked for help to understand the up-side to the U.S. of such a move, because I couldn’t see a thing of value. Nobody offered anything. Crickets.

So, once again I invite you to offer the up-side of this for the United States. Please put your notions in the Comments section below.


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3 Responses to Still Looking For the Up-Side
  1. Joni Lindgren Reply

    Trump could gain Brownie points from his right-wing religious supporters in his 2020 bid for re-election.

    He’s already thinking ahead to his next election…..he’s out campaigning at rallies, he’s gearing up to use the airwaves of the newly purchased 27 radio/TV stations (Sinclair Broadcasting) where he can spread his right-wing propaganda and anti-Democrat hate speeches, and he’s now trying to eliminate Mueller so Mueller can’t hold his findings over Trump’s head going into the election.

    Here’s some good news: Since Trump’s inauguration, Democrats have flipped 42 seats from red to blue. Republicans have only flippd 3. In total, Democrats have seen flipped seats in 13 states: Georgia, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida and last night Pennsylvania where Trump and Romney won.

    • Jack Altschuler Reply

      Note that the brownie points with Trump’s right-wing religious supporters might be good for Trump, but what does America get? I’m still looking for that.

      • Joni Lindgren Reply

        My first two points above have nothing good to say for America (Sinclair Broadcasting and the continued support from the right-wing religious voters, and NOTHING Trump has done has brought anyone happiness except TO his base… we have to look elsewhere for good news that will catapult him right out of OUR White House. America has gotten zero, nada, zilch since this guy has been voted into office…..unless I’ve missed something and I don’t think so.