I may be sleepless in the Ozarks, but Fareed Zakaria is stoned in the Beltway. Of the two afflictions, I'll take deprivation — the mental lapses of which are, evidently, far less severe.
As you'll recall, Zakaria joined the nitwitted nabobs of nonsense when, on CNN, he fulsomely praised the missile strike on Syria as an affirmation of Trump having become "presidential." One would think the Donald's decision — handed to him either by national security pros or a daughter's heartbroken weepiness — was tantamount in thoughtfulness to Ike's "go" order on D-Day. I tend to believe it's true that President Obama would have decided the same as Trump did, which, having previously resisted such interventionism in Syria, would have shown just what a no-brainer the missile strike was. It was less presidential than inevitable.
Nonetheless, Zakaria whooped in analytical esteem of Trump's evolution, which, in addition, served as splendid proof of the former's intellectual detachment. Here was noble testimony to a critique of pure reasoning; there'd be no tawdry partisanship from Fareed, no sir. He was pounding at the Beltway's heavenly gates of David Gergenland, demanding entry, and by God he achieved it.
For his troubles, Zakaria also received swift kicks in the ass from the overflowing, appropriately appalled gallery. Trump? Presidential? Trump? A misogynistic brute, a sociopathic racist, an ill-schooled demagogue who reduced campaigning to gutter gangland warfare and has irreparably stained the American presidency?
To this, Zakaria has taken hypersensitive exception, warning, this morning, that "Liberals have to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome. If Trump pursues a policy, it cannot axiomatically be wrong, evil and dangerous…. He is now president. I believe that my job is to evaluate his policies impartially and explain why, in my view, they are wise or not."
Screw Godwin. By virtue of its Trumpism, any "praiseworthy" Trumpian deed is in reality as axiomatically wrong, evil and dangerous as Nazism's having made the trains run on time, since praising these little acts of competence only contribute — only contributed — to prodigious acts of inhumanity. For like Hitlerism, Trumpism is — at its core — wrong, evil and dangerous. Do we look back on the Führer's opponents' unconditional criticisms as evidence of a "Hitler Derangement Syndrome"?
The very question is preposterous. Liberals' universal condemnations and unconditional criticisms of Trump and Trumpism are as virtuous as their 20th-century predecessors'. Monstrously evil men of supreme leadership don't deserve praise, ever, for it only encourages them, and their blindly unsuspecting populations, to carry on.