There is much to fear from a Trump White House but the most gruesome fear is someone pushing the nuclear button due to be dissed or having a strained bravado. David Brooks sums that up for me in his recent oped piece in the New York Times. Here is a portion of that:
I’ll be curious to see if Trump’s public rhetoric becomes operationalized in any way. For example, I bet his bromance with Putin will end badly. The two men are both such blustery, insecure, aggressive public posturers, sooner or later they will get in a schoolyard fight.
It will be interesting to see if that brawl is just an escalating but ultimately harmless volley of verbiage, or whether it affects the substance of government policy and leads to nuclear war.
I was not a witness to very many schoolyard brawls as I was growing up but the ones I did see didn’t end very well. Given the makeup of these two guys who have their fingers on the nuclear buttons it seems very possible that a schoolyard fight between extreme insecure egotists could result in some very irrational consequences. I can only pray that someone somewhere down the line has the courage to simply say no to turning the launch keys.
Mr. Trump is famous for attacking ANYONE who he sees as dissing him or questioning his perfection. A situation with Putin is certainly inevitable. If he goes off in a tirade because a local union rep said he was wrong with the numbers what will happen when he is really dissed by a world power? Will he be able to handle humiliation with just some early morning tweets? I kind of doubt it
I love David Brook’s description of these to guys as “blustery, insecure, aggressive public posturers”. I don’t think I could find a better description except to maybe add “narcissists” to the list.