Friday, February 25, 2022

A Room of My Own: WeAreAllInThisWarTogether

This Brave New World, XXXVIII written in response to The Washington Post, Opinion, Feb. 23: With his praise for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Trump makes his apologists look foolish. Again.

breaking news
as nightfall turns to rain
to sleet ... to snow 
another new war
to end a years-long war

by the noises of "genius"
and "peace force ..."
from the next-door neighbour ...
Trump 2024 on his lawn

FYI: Below is a relevant excerpt from The Washington Post, Opinion, Feb. 23

By the end of his presidency, Trump was surrounded by people such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has recently called Putin “a very talented statesman,” “very shrewd,” “very capable,” and said, “I have enormous respect for him.”

At least Pompeo is willing to admit that Putin is the “aggressor” and the Ukrainians are his “victims.” No such censure was evident in Trump’s comments Tuesday to right-wing podcaster Buck Sexton. Putin’s aggression against Ukraine is an act of “genius,” according to Trump. He explained:

“Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful. ‘I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. ... We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re gonna keep peace all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”

Trump went on to rhapsodize about his relationship with Putin — “He liked me. I liked him.” — and to praise him as someone with a lot of “charm and a lot of pride” who “loves his country.” 

For more, see Business Insider, Feb. 23:  Trump and other top conservatives rally to Putin's side as he threatens Ukraine" And Huffpost, Feb. 23Trump Keeps Going With His Big Lie: Putin Invaded Ukraine Because Of 'Rigged Election'

And on Wednesday night, the former president’s delusions were on full display on Fox News, when he traced Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine back to the 2020 presidential election.

“He sees the weakness and stupidity of this administration,” Trump said of the Russian president. “As an American, I am angry and saddened. It happened because of a rigged election.”


smoky twilight
viewed from a Kyiv train window
the look in her eyes


the far-away look
in the child's eyes
news from the border

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