Reagan’s Astrologer, Bush’s Ball Park, and Trump’s Pompeo

Reagan’s Astrologer, Bush’s Ball Park, and Trump’s Pompeo

A venerable soothsayer once said, “something is going to happen to somebody, somewhere, sometime, probably”.  I have been waiting through the longest 5 years for the reveal about Trump that he has the equivalent to Reagan’s astrologer, who told Reagan when there were good days to act on things.  That was only revealed at the end of Reagan’s eight years as President, and eight years as California’s governor.  

Finally, the Trump reveal has surfaced.  It is Secretary of State Pompous Pompeo. Yesterday, Pompeo told the news the intelligence assessment that there would be an attack on some embassy, somewhere, sometime, probably.  And therefore, we had to preemptively attack the one guy who was out of the country when the Baghdad embassy was attacked.  We also did get the guy who was in the country and led the Iraqi Hezbollah, who actually did lead the demonstration. 

In case you forgot, the ‘informant’ who told George Bush that Sadam Hussein had WMDs, Weapons of Mass Destruction, was already called Ball Park, for the vagueness of his information.

Yes, Pompeo did head the CIA for a year.  But, Pompeo now serves a President who from day one (also vague) has said that the intelligence agencies are stupid, and out to get him.  Trump quotes Russia’s great President for life (effectively) Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, to back him up.  I did forget Trump leading the Birther movement on Obama.

We have to remember that Representative Pompeo harped on Hillary Clinton’s supposed failure at the Benghazi consulate.  And so did Trey Gowdy, Head of the House Benghazi investigation, who Trump played golf with a few days before he acted to revenge the Baghdad demonstration.  They must have told Trump of the many years of horror awaiting him if he didn’t do something that looked like decisive action.  Trump multiply doubled down on Hillary, violating Due Process and the Fifth Amendment, with his rally chants of “Lock Her Up”.

Having seen too many Jedi movies, Pompeo tried standing in front of the Senate and House, and waved his arm, stating roughly, “there are no facts that we can trust you with”.  Which now turns out to be true, since there are no facts.  I’m sure, this will all change a few tweets from now.  After a week of sitting on pins and needles, or in today’s parlance, awaiting an explanatory Trump tweet, we got nothing.  At a rally, Trump said Baghdad plus.  So, I am a great soothsayer.  Baghdad was my guess too.  Plus, anti-war and anti-Trump rallies at several liberal US cities, which Trump completely missed.  Just another day in Foggy Bottom.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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