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The Madcap Caution of Donald Trump

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 6/22/2019 12:48:22 PM

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another indication of the underlying modesty — not a very Trumpian word — of the administration. Subtract Trump’s taste for nonstop controversy and rhetorical brinkmanship, and you’re left with an incrementalist center-right government that has pursued an expansionary fiscal policy and avoided foreign war, for a period of peace and prosperity that — in any other universe — would be at the core

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Turninggrey 6/22/2019 12:53:27 PM (No. 104138)
National Review? No thanks, I don't need pandering appeasement pushed on me today. No clicky.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 6/22/2019 12:58:48 PM (No. 104140)
“Madcap”? Only to a simpleton like little Richie… If he could put his #NeverTrumpism away, he might learn something from a President whose thinking is a quantum leap beyond his...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: lana720 6/22/2019 1:18:59 PM (No. 104156)
Pure snark from NR’s madcap to the not so Rich analysis
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 6/22/2019 2:11:43 PM (No. 104184)
Rich Lowry on Trump......Nah, I have some paint that is drying, I think I'll go watch it. Probably will be much more interesting and surprising.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 6/22/2019 2:27:40 PM (No. 104201)
It strikes me that Trump has once again outfoxed the nitwits in the democrat party. He got them to scream about going to war and then when he held back they are now screaming he should be going to war. What other President could make the democrats fiscal conservatives and military hawks all in the space of 2 yrs? I have to say Trump is in a win win situation now. And Iran is in a lose lose. If he had attacked them, he would have created martyrs and the left would be saying how irresponsible he was. Now that they are the ones screaming for retaliation, the next move that Iran makes he can shoot off all the big toys and the democrats will have to be silent since they are the ones who called for it. I would say that is the best way to put the Iranian numbskulls in a box without shedding precious blood or treasure. And the chess game goes on. Too bad the democrats are still learning how to play checkers.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/22/2019 4:04:05 PM (No. 104247)
Just a guess...Trump backed off when he realized we do not have resources in place to contain Iran if things turn into a full blown conflict. Wait and see if Trump starts committing more US forces to that area in the future.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ming 6/22/2019 5:34:39 PM (No. 104290)
Does anyone know whether Lowry's testicles have dropped, yet?
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