It’s Easy To Armchair Quarterback on Terror

Donald Trump was one of the first to identify EgyptAir Flight 804’s disappearance as terror. It’s almost certain he’s right. It’s all part of the strategy of picking events that are very likely to happen between Trump saying them and the election, then when they happen, be first to jump on them.

It happened with Kathryn Steinle’s murder. It happened with the attack on Paris’ Bataclan nightclub. It happened with Brussels.

I have no doubt that Trump is sickened and concerned, as we all are, about these events. We know they are the result of massive demographic shifts in Europe, and the “Arab Spring” in North Africa and the Middle East.

But it’s easy to armchair quarterback world events. It’s like listening to chatter at the local diner, with the older guys tossing around “if I were president…” remarks.

“Strength.” There’s a word. The terror attack happened with an Egyptian airline between Paris and Cairo. I’m not sure what “we” could do about this, short of going back in time before President Obama took office and set all of this in motion with his first speech “A New Beginning” from Cairo in 2009.

Would President Trump take over airport security for the whole world? But that wouldn’t be “America First.” If those countries want to play, they’d have to pay for it, or…I don’t know because writing it would be a terrible thing. He’d bomb the oil, then take the oil, then let Exxon rebuild thirty years of infrastructure “in a few months.”

He’d corral the Syrian refugees in a “big beautiful safe zone” but if NATO wants America to secure it, they’d have to pay to play. He’d stop Muslims from coming in to the U.S., but nobody has a clue how that would work because religion isn’t asked for on U.S. visa applications.

These plays Trump the armchair quarterback is calling are straight out of President Obama’s playbook. Rahm Emanuel quoted Winston Churchill “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” and Obama has used every awful shooting or racial incident to promote his agenda of white privilege, European-style gun confiscation, and anti-Federalist statism.

Only Trump’s causes are isolationism, nativism, and–well he agrees with Obama on anti-Federalist statism. Armchair quarterbacking tragedies, whether initiated by terrorists or sick individuals, is the easiest and least useful course for any candidate.

We can only expect more grandstanding and “power words” from Trump, with absolutely no coherent path to solutions to complex issues.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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