[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] A [/yt_dropcap] few days ago, on February 20, in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the EU, vice-president Mike Pence reassured the NATO- EU allies of the US commitment to the Atlantic Alliance.
Almost at the same time, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief ideologue and strategist in the White House, delivered an anti-EU message to the German ambassador to the US, which was subsequently echoed at Trump’s rallies in South Carolina and Florida, wherein a preference for disunity in the EU was expressed. That is to say, the EU is perceived as broken up and the US would prefer to conduct relations with European nations one-on-one.
Bannon’s world-view based on alarming historical theories of clash of civilizations, is that the future of Europe will be characterized by strong nationalist and populist movements. Enter Madame Le Pen.
Be that as it may, one cannot but wonder if we are dealing with schizophrenia, or derangement, or some other aberration. After all, Trump has never repudiated his sympathetic remarks about Brexit and his branding the EU “basically a vehicle for Germany.”
It is no wonder that some leaders in the EU are rather skeptical about those reassurances. They consider the likes of Pence or McCain sycophants sent around the world to clean up the messes of their boss, mere pooper scoopers of sorts. Or is it worse? Are they complicit in deception? One wonders about that too.
An essential component of reason, with which all rational beings are endowed, is that logically a thing cannot be and not be at the same time. Aristotle, the father of the art of logic called it “the principle of non-contradiction.” But somehow, within the walls of the present White House they seem to believe that such a rational feat is possible.
While Aristotle would probably consider it a sign of irrationality leading to chaos, Donald Trump in “The Art of the Deal” seems to believe that it is possible for something to be and not to be at the same time. Logic does not apply to business deals.
But perhaps President Lincoln had it on target when he asserted that one can fool some of the people all the times, and all of the people some of the times, but one cannot fool all the people all the times.
Lincoln also made it a point to remind people that a house divided against itself cannot long stand.
Comey treated in Thuggish Mafia Style by the White House
Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] I [/yt_dropcap]f there’s an economic idea that Donald Trump and his economic advisers continually reiterate it is that slashing taxes inevitably leads to economic growth. Let’s see how true this idea is.
The Demeaning of the Office of the President
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] C [/yt_dropcap]NN has recetnly reported that President Trump’s latest anti-media attacks “are beneath the dignity of the office of the President.” In an interview with Time magazine, Trump insulted CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and criticized MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He also called CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert a “no-talent guy.”
Critical Reforms Needed to Reduce Inflation and Accelerate the Recovery
While the government took measures to protect the economy against a much deeper recession, it would be essential to set...
Uzbekistan Continues to Modernize its Tax Administration System
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today the Tax Administration Reform Project in Uzbekistan, which is designed to...
Indonesia: How to Boost the Economic Recovery
Indonesia’s economy is projected to rebound from the 2020 recession with 4.4 percent growth in 2021. The rebound is predicated...
Swiss authorities restrict and mistreat international and local media at Biden-Putin summit
The Biden-Putin meeting is over and one of the highlights that got a good run on Twitter was the Russian...
Inequality Has Likely Increased in PNG, with Bottom 40% Hit Hardest by Latest Outbreak
A joint World Bank and UNICEF report based on mobile phone surveys of Papua New Guinean families has found that...
Who would bell the China cat?
If the G-7 and NATO china-bashing statements are any guide, the world is in for another long interregnum of the...
Hot air messaging: Iran floats reports of imminent Shanghai Cooperation Organization membership
Eager to enhance its negotiating leverage with the United States and Europe, Iran is projecting imminent membership of the China-led...
East Asia3 days ago
Looking back on India-China ties, one year past the Galwan incident
Americas3 days ago
Who benefits more from the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva?
Finance3 days ago
Top 5 Examples of Best Nonprofit Grant Proposals
Diplomacy2 days ago
Biden-Putting meeting: Live from Geneva
Energy News3 days ago
It’s time to make clean energy investment in emerging economies a top global priority
Economy2 days ago
The free trade vision and its fallacies: The case of the African Continental Free Trade Area
Intelligence2 days ago
UN: Revealing Taliban’s Strategic Ties with Al Qaeda and Central Asian Jihadists
Science & Technology2 days ago
Internet of Behavior (IoB) and its Influence on Human Behavioral Psychology