Letter to the editor: Trump starts war to save his presidency

By DAVE WESTER | Baraboo, Wis.

I was wrong.

In November 2017, I sent a letter to the County Line predicting that if President Donald Trump was threatened with impeachment, he would start a war with North Korea to distract Americans. He didn’t do that. Instead, he’s trying to start a war with Iran.

On Jan. 3 of this year,Trump ordered the killing of the second-most-powerful man in Iran, Gen. Qassam Soleimani. There is no question that Soleimani was a bad guy. But he had done nothing recently that he hadn’t been doing for the past 20 years. What is different now is that Trump has been impeached and is awaiting trial in the Senate.

Trump claims that Soleimani posed an imminent threat to Americans. Trump provides no evidence of that. Americans have been lied to about war before. We were told that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when we invaded that country, only to find out later that there was no truth to the claim. Vietnam was one big lie. Recently we’ve learned that we were also lied to about Afghanistan. Now the granddaddy of all liars is president and expects us to believe him without evidence.

Groups that love Trump’s policies will support anything he says, groups such as Congressional Republicans, white evangelical Christians, and the Ku Klux Klan. None of them have objected to his lies, his racism, or his consorting with America’s No. 1 enemy, Russia. Don’t expect them to object to his risking the lives of American soldiers just to keep him from being thrown out of office.

In 2017, I wrote, “With his narcissism, lack of ethics, and lack of compassion for people, President Trump’s conscience would not prevent him from causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people to avoid impeachment and an unflattering position in history.” The past two years have only served to verify that statement.

But don’t expect Trump or his family to make the sacrifice. Last July 4, he advised America’s youth, “Now is your chance to join our military and make a truly great statement in life. And you should do it.” Trump himself dodged military service during the Vietnam era, and neither of his sons served in the military.

The Bible has a name for such people. Hypocrites.

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