September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020


Gilbert N. Kahn is a professor of Political Science at Kean University.

There is a bizarre connection between a number of events and disclosures that occurred in the past few weeks which extend President Trump’s continuing disconnect from reality. Whether these actions will bring the American people to decide that enough is enough remains to be seen. The President, as he invariably presents himself, is confident that he has whipped all his critics into submission.

After being lambasted by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Magazine for his demeaning of the bravery of the military in many instances, Trump announced that he is planning to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and continue the downsizing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. How these steps correlate with his referring to American soldiers and war heroes as losers is not clear. The reemergence of his disparaging of John McCain, in particular, may especially return to haunt him in November.

The disclosures that were made in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about President Trump was alarming on multiple levels. The President clearly believes that he can say what he wants whenever he wants—including being recorded—and he never will be held accountable by the American people. It suggests the same outrageous arrogance that Trump uttered when he said in 2016, that he “…could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

His suggestion to Woodward that he knowingly opted to withhold the horrific news about the coronavirus from the American people so as not to cause a panic, is preposterous. To go further and claim it to be an example of good leadership was appalling. Treating an entire nation and the world like children knowing they are facing a crisis of unbelievable proportion which could produce thousands of deaths ought to be unforgiveable. To suggest that this is a person should now even should be considered for the Nobel Peace prize is ludicrous.

The sad irony behind many of the Trump maneuvers is that the President himself has no idea as to what his “legal” options actually might be. He seeks only to create greater havoc and distrust as the people prepare to begin to vote. Trump wants America to experience the most chaotic election campaign in history. The President’s goal is for Americans to distrust the system and only trust him. All that is apparent is that he wants to create as much chaos as possible and to disrupt the system.

What Trump apparently does have is a coterie of very devious and dangerous people surrounding him. These are not sycophants alone, rather they are a group of individuals who are prepared to do anything or concoct any scheme which the President could use to further undermine or sabotage the integrity of the Constitution and the American political system.

In 2001 on 9/11/, America was confronted for the first time with a genuine threat from outside the country on the American homeland. In 2020 on 9/11, it appears that America may well be facing a threat from within which could just as quickly destroy the integrity and basis of this 231 year old experiment as Al Qaeda sought to achieve 19 years ago.


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