Donald Trump is now our, what used to be called “Fearless Leader”; however, since January 20th, I believe that a majority of Americans are now, indeed, Fearful—of him, and what he might do! Over the decades, many crises have presented themselves to the Free World and, as has often been the case, America had been expected to play a key leadership role. We have always been willing to step forward, and confront the problem with sound ideas, good people, capable allies and, in most cases, we were successful!
Consider the following crises that the U. S. has been faced with:
1. The ICBM stand-off that we engaged in, with the Soviet Union, during the Yom-Kippur War of 1973.
2. The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, when jet airliners flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and brave passengers crashed a fourth jet into a field in rural Western Pennsylvania.
3. The Great Recession of 2008 which threatened the American, and probably the Global Economy.
4. The 2013 Ebola Virus outbreak, in West Africa, which could have turned into a global pandemic.
When President Richard Nixon was drinking heavily during the Watergate Era, Henry Kissinger and James Schlesinger stepped-in and averted a potential nuclear war in 1973. During the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a group of dedicated Americans, spread throughout the Government, managed to keep things from getting worse. Presidents Bush’s (43) and Obama’s respective Fed/Treasury Teams took the heat and kept the dire 2008 financial crisis contained. And, President Obama provided funds, and sent people from CDC and the U. S. Army to assist in turning-back the deadly Ebola Virus.
Those crises occurred during both Republican and Democratic Administrations, and the various teams of national security, military, financial, law enforcement, and medical experts—and so much, much more—all rose to the occasion. They brought experience, rational thought, a spirit of cooperation and a willingness to put-in long hours, and get the job done. Today, with the Trump Regime in power, I just don’t get that feeling of comfort.
When I consider the various people that Donald Trump has appointed to key posts, I don’t see much in the way of strong leadership and management skills. I see ideological biases, loyalists, power-players and mostly those with histories of attacking the very departments that they are supposed to be leading. Political connections will mean nothing when a dangerous crisis erupts—and perhaps much different from the ones noted above.
I only feel comfortable with a few of the key people who should be in a position to advise Donald Trump on National Security Matters: H. R. McMaster, his National Security Advisor; James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, and Fiona Hill, NSC Advisor on Russia. With Trump, however, the question is whether he will really listen to them? Trump’s history of attacking the intelligence Community on numerous occasions sure doesn’t instill much confidence.
During past crises, the people who were heading the Crisis Command Centers had the President’s ear. The only way that a government, with a large bureaucracy, can respond in a major crisis situation, is for those who are leading the response to truly feel trusted and empowered. But, that’s just not Trump’s style!