8-16: The Company He Chooses

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

An Irish Ditty, or How I Learned Everything About Life

Some wisdom from an old Irish folk song:

You can tell a man who boozes

By the company he chooses;

And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

Should Donald Trump be held accountable for any/all actions of his staff, past and present? No! But his chief advisor Paul Manafort has enough in his closet to fill a laundromat–and lots of it needs cleaning. Like it or not, the titular head of the GOP has lots of explaining to do.

The New York Times reports that

Mr. Manafort’s involvement with moneyed interests in Russia and Ukraine had previously come to light. But as American relationships there become a rising issue in the presidential campaign — from Mr. Trump’s favorable statements about Mr. Putin and his annexation of Crimea to the suspected Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails — an examination of Mr. Manafort’s activities offers new details of how he mixed politics and business out of public view and benefited from powerful interests now under scrutiny by the new government in Kiev….

I am sure Donald Trump would/will classify Manafort as a “winner.” In sort of Machiavellian terms, best portrayed by Mel Brooks, “It’s good to be the king.” It matters not how one comes to that power. The NYT continues:

 “He understood what was happening in Ukraine,” said Vitaliy Kasko, a former senior official with the general prosecutor’s office in Kiev. “It would have to be clear to any reasonable person that the (former president) Yanukovych clan, when it came to power, was engaged in corruption.”…

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

Politics is a profitable business worldwide, it would seem. Judy Kurtz of The Hill looks at Trump’s financial situation from the “refusal to show his tax forms” POV. She cites erstwhile Republican shill and current Fox News contributor George Will as saying that “Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show ‘he is deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs.'” Will cites no proof of that allegation.

I honestly do not believe that that bomb will ever explode … although a lefty like myself certainly hopes so. Trump, I am sure, would agree with me that he is way out of his element in politics. He never thought the whole thing through, from loud-mouthed bragger who wins at all he tries to daily defender of every bon mot he utters as his party’s elected nominee for the presidency. In addition to himself, he now bears ultimate responsibility for his entire campaign.

Connection to PTSD

Soldiers are taught how to be then they are ordered to be responsible individuals. Somewhere up the military/civilian chain, a link is broken and irresponsible actions occur. Oh, somehow they are disguised in favorable terms, but at the bottom of the chain the grunt is dehumanized. McNamara called us assets in Vietnam. And so they, whoever they are, rained Agent Orange on us and the lush jungles and rice paddies Mother Nature had planted among the peasants.

It is difficult to remind oneself that he (I) was a guinea pig for some unnamed military-industrial complex corporation. Nothing more than a lab rat.

And so I fear a Trump presidency because of his lack of understanding of world affairs and his cavalier use of language. He is not a responsible person. How could he ever be trusted as Commander-in-Chief?

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