What next? Will Donald Trump, through Foreign Minister Nikki von Ribbentrop, demand the Sudetenland? Or roll tanks into Hungary and Liverpool to enforce ideological uniformity?
One thing is for sure. Former CIA director John Brennan has had it with Trump, and he endorses others' rejection of any kind of Munichlike appeasement of the bullying, muscle-flexing U.S.
At the U.N. yesterday, others' rejection was mammoth; by a vote of 128-9, the world — including most of our traditional allies — told Nikki and Donald where to get off after the former insufferably declared: "We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."
The lopsided vote — condemning Trump's idiotic decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — was, in classic Trumpian fashion, immediately deemed a victory by Nikki because it could have been even more lopsided. Thus blathers the ghost of Joseph Goebbels.
The Council on Foreign Relations' Stewart Patrick summarized well the Trump regime's "really unnecessary, clumsy diplomacy": "I think it symbolizes the self-defeating notion that for the United States, 'it’s my way or the highway.'"
In all this clumsiness and self-defeating stupidity, one thing is blisteringly clear. To Trump, the slogan "Make America Great Again" carries only the narrowest of meanings: Our returning greatness and sense of well being shall be restricted to domestic fat cats and high-rolling foreign investors.