Trump was right about Jerusalem despite the nervous nellies
Well, what do you know?
Our liberal etc. acquaintances took to the fainting couch when Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The networks dutifully posted images of Middle East rock-throwers as proof of this disruptive president’s reckless disregard for prudence and precedent. But then, they throw rocks in the Middle East on any day ending in Y.
The brain trust here at the Policy Werkes is properly critical of Trump’s crudity. Belittling war heroes who were caught and a lady’s appearance is goes beyond bad manners all the way to troubling character flaw. But when the man is right, he’s right. We said early on that, for those who voted against us in the U.S. — which was everyone except some island reefs in the South Pacific and, inexplicably, Guatamala and Honduras — that the U.S. should move its French embassy to Vichy, its UK embassy to Edinburgh, and its Spanish outpost to Barcelona.
That was then — “The US can no longer pretend to be an honest broker of peace,” lamented The Nation magazine, the English-language arm of the PLO, one month ago.
This is now — Sunday (01-07-18) the New York Times reports “… Tacit acceptance by Arabs of Jerusalem decision.”
Turns out the Arab world has bigger worries than Jerusalem or, for that matter Israel. As in Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and Obama’s favorite charity, Iran.
In language Lil’ Kim can understand
Trump is handling North Korea with the same aplomb, which rhymes with bomb. The President warned, “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Un-presidential! “Loony,” shrieked the never-Trump conservative Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.
But Trump’s direct language breaks through the dull background hum of dulcet-voiced diplomats expressing grave concern and promising “accommodations.” “My button is bigger …” translates directly in any language. It is why the lion roars. Why the tiger growls. It’s a smell-the-fallout, wake-up call for the boy dictator of a cloistered state surrounded by sycophants at home and appeasers abroad.
“My button is bigger …” has historical provenance. The bien pensants sounded the same klaxons of alarm when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. (“Most unsettling,” U.S. Rep. Bob Kastenmeier tsk-tsked.) State Department officials tried to warn him off demanding “Tear Down This Wall.” His strategy, “We Win, They Lose,” was decried as simplistic. The Left has been reduced to “Yah, buts” ever since.
Some mighty big buttons
It is easy, in hindsight, to dismiss Hitler’s appeasers. They were some of the best and brightest: Ambassador Joe Kennedy, air flight hero Charles Lindbergh, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and the president of France. The senseless carnage of the first world war remained fresh in 1940, the death camps were off in the future, Germany was prospering and Hitler looked unbeatable. As for FDR, he was convinced Winston Churchill was drunk and dangerous.
Only when Churchill ordered the sinking of the French navy off the coast of Algeria in July 1940 did he win FDR’s trust and admiration. Dunkirk, barely a month earlier, showed the world that Britain could still fight, Mers-el-Kébir showed the world Britain would fight.
Historical whoppers — The story of Britain’s lone holdout against Nazi aggression is heroic enough without inventing history. By all means, do see the movie Darkest Hour.
But that scene in the subway (or “underground”) where Churchill gets fortified by the courage of everyday blokes is pure humbug — a travesty that marred an otherwise fine movie of a Great Man. This grandson of a duke came to 10 Downing Street with his opinions well formed. His interactions with the hoi polloi were almost non-existent.
It’s also a fabrication that parliament met Churchill’s first speech — his ”Blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech — with deafening silence, supposedly because Chamberlain signaled his disapproval. That thing with the hanky. Rubbish! Just does not make sense. How is Churchill summoned to leadership if he does not enjoy significant support from Conservatives, the majority party?
Although not included in the movie, the money quote during the so-called Norway debate of 7-8 May 1940 that deposed Chamberlain came from a Conservative, Leo Amery:
“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”
King George VI never called on Churchill at the latter’s apartment, announced or unannounced. Just not done. And that backward, “up your bum” V-for-victory sign is also doubtful. That’s four crimes against history.
Go see Darkest Hour, anyway, because Winston Churchill had some mighty big buttons.