Lee Smith’s seminal The Strong Horse: Politics, Power and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (2010) explains how the Arab world typically follows the leader with the most strength and power, i. e. the strong horse.
This proclivity for the powerful does not restrict itself to the Middle East, however. Xi Jinping these days is a pretty strong horse. Nor does it even restrict itself to dictators. Winston Churchill may have been the strongest horse of the last hundred years, having led the allies from the brink of defeat to victory in World War II, sometimes through sheer force of will.
Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn. Russia, China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, among other countries and non-state actors, not to mention a whole host of domestic foes, have all aligned themselves against him (and consequently America) in various degrees.
At the same time, an investigation into his inner circle threatens to sweep up virtually everyone from his personal lawyer to his son while his adversaries chortle.
But these adversaries, ambitious and vengeful as they are, have little idea of the chaos that will ensue in this country should Trump fall, the ruptures that will occur. And if they do understand that, they are the vilest of men and women. It is a chaos that will engulf Western Civilization itself, because Europe, the weakest of horses for decades, is in no position to defend its own values. They have already abdicated.
So Trump must be the strong horse and he must do it swiftly and thoroughly. In response to Assad’s use of gas, he must deliver a heavy punishment (huge, in his words) all at once to the Syrians and their allies — Russia, Iran and Iran’s lackey those international drug pushers Hezbollah.
This does not mean getting ensnared in a war. Just administer a deep, serious and paralyzing wound they will never forget and get out. Destroy Syria’s air fields and planes, as an example, laying waste to Russia’s missile defenses in the process. Increase economic sanctions on Putin to the max. The ruble is already tanking. Keep up the pressure until Putin blinks or the Russian people rise up against the dictator. Blast every discernible Iranian presence in Syria to kingdom come while warning the mullahs the same will happen to them at home if they make a peep. And, of course, void the absurd nuclear deal with the added warning that even the slightest move to atomic weaponry on their part will mean a massive air attack.
They probably haven’t given it much thought, being fixated as they are on avenging the worst candidate in US history losing her gimme election. But, if they did, they wouldn’t care. They are all about weakening the US so it isn’t so “oppressive” anyway. Indeed, they are vile.
Get Assad to reject Iran, assure Assad no regime change, kill ISIS get all those cockroaches, let Russia have its warm weather port. With Peace EU no longer has an excuse to allow invasion. http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Religion-the-overlooked-motive-behind-Syrias-uprising
People who haven’t listened to Donald Trump, the candidate, have a tough time understanding him as president.
He let us know, time and again, on the stump, that he didn’t mind a constant turnover of good people in his inner circle.
He specifically said he’d bring someone on just for a specific period of time or to accomplish one specific task, then he’d replace that person.
He thinks the USA is filled with competent, willing people who would happily serve as long as it wasn’t for years.
I doubt Trump is upset over this so-called “chaos” as his detractors would be were it their insiders. He’ll act out the theater to goad them on, though.