Hillary was right

Hillary was right.

She warned us, almost one year ago to the day, that a man you can goad with a tweet shouldn’t be given access to the nuclear codes.

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And here we are, six months into Trump’s presidency, potentially on the brink of a nuclear war because Trump just can’t STFU.

Donald Trump has truly met his match with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. There is probably no leader on the planet as crazy, as egotistical, as full of himself and his own words as Trump and Kim. So when they get into a rhetorical pissing match, like they have this past week, it’s more than sad or comical. It’s dangerous. We’re dealing with men who live and die by their ego and their public image. If they perceive they’re being slighted, they go ballistic. Literally.

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Nuclear blast via Shutterstock

Donald Trump is a serial liar, his word means nothing. So it doesn’t really mean anything that Trump has drawn a red line at North Korea “threatening” to attack Guam. It means nothing. No promise, to act or to refrain from acting, means a thing because Donald Trump is a proven liar. And that makes this situation all the more dangerous. In international relations, consistency breeds confidence. Even if you’re dealing with an an enemy, if his actions are consistent and rational, you have fair warning before he, say, nukes you. With Trump, you don’t. This leaves North Korea in the unenviable, and dangerous, situation where they have to figure out whether the madman of Bedminster will nuke them first. And there’s no way to tell, because Trump is an unpredictable liar. And that can lead to North Korea, or anyone threatened by Trump, acting first. If you can’t tell if your opponent is going to nuke you, you might just nuke him first.

And that’s where we come full circle. Not only is this situation dangerous because Trump is inept and operating on pure ego. It’s dangerous because Trump’s dishonor provides an incentive for our adversaries to anticipate the worst, and try to pre-empt it by attacking first. And short of removing the man from office, I’m not sure what we can do about it. Happy Friday!

A FEW OTHER STORIES I’VE PUBLISHED THIS WEEK

Is Melania Trump really fluent in five languages? I’m not so sure. (Video blog)

Newsweek’s new cover photo just destroys Donald Trump. You have to see it. I thought it wasn’t real. It is.

I published a video blog using video clips to ask the question whether Donald Trump is physically well.

And finally, a new study shows that Trump will be responsible for double-digit increases in health insurance premiums next year.

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GET READY FOR OUR NEW PODCAST

I haven’t blogged much this week, because I’m preparing for the launch of my new podcast with my progressive partner in crime, Cliff Schecter. We’re still getting some of the bugs out, and hope to have an official launch next week. The podcast will contain free and subscription-only episodes (about 50-50 of each), so you can still enjoy it if you can’t afford to help out, but if you can afford it, it will be much appreciated.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to duck and cover.

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