Dispatches from Wolf Country — Henry VIII or Johnny Lackland?

If our blithering Fool-King really screws up with the Muslim leaders and the Israelis, and NATO and the flipping POPE, perhaps Pence and the Cabinet will grow and harvest the testicular fortitude and basic honor to exercise the 25th Amendment and send him off to Tahiti, the magical place in Agents of Shield.

The reporting indicates that Trump was driven to do this out of grievance-laden rage at Comey for failing to make the Russia probe disappear (Comey isn’t supposed to do that at Trump’s behest, and firing him isn’t going to do it either). So this was rooted in crazy, and didn’t have to happen. — Greg Sargent, The Plum Line, WAPO

 Trump was born off the deep end, and has been swimming stubbornly away from shore ever since — Farrell

“It was here that I witnessed the most terrible clash of arms, by far, that has occurred during the war.” — John Bell Hood, Major General, CSA

It’s odd, but the sort of brain dead, knee-jerk, “I want to fight” bullshit that the Times and Post credit the Orange Orangutan with when learning there was a new sheriff in town might actually serve the nation well. If our blithering Fool-King really screws up with the Muslim leaders and the Israelis, and NATO and the flipping POPE, perhaps  Pence and the Cabinet will grow and harvest the testicular fortitude and basic honor to exercise the 25th Amendment and send him off to Tahiti, the magical place in Agents of Shield.  Stranger things in the Creator’s odd love affair with the United States have happened; Trump’s removal would probably rank slightly above the discovery of Lee’s battle plans prior to Antietam.

Every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife, and the slain lay in rows precisely as they stood in their ranks a few moments before. It was never my fortune to witness a more bloody, dismal battlefield. — Joseph Hooker, Major General, USA

Of course, there was a price to play. God being the malevolent monster that some of us think he might be if he exists, there has always been a price for his intercession. Antietam killed more Americans than any other battle fought in the Continental United States, most of it through the folly, fear and foolishness of those charged by Congress, the President and the Constitution to fight it. Only a malevolent God could have left Lincoln with the possibility of destroying Lee and Army of Northern Virginia but having to place that responsibility in the hands of McClellan, Fightin’ Joe Hooker and Burnside.

Hold and help the fools left in charge prevent disaster!

Orangutan with only person around him he should trust for sake of nation –White House Picture

Reading this article about the odd pronouncements of H.R. McMaster made me think of a couple of good men in history trying to hold a total disaster together for the sake of the nation. What LTC Nagel is describing is a situation familiar to anyone who has studied English history, the relationship between Thomas More and Henry VIII or William Marshall and John Lackland. Both went to extraordinary lengths to serve the ruler while protecting their nation, both were revered for their intellect, prowess and nobility of character, and both ended up in places they did not want to be.

 I’m reminded of an early class I took on the West Point Honor Code. H.R. took the same class. And one of the scenarios that they discussed was what happens if you’ve been invited to a dinner and the dinner is horrible, and the hostess asks, how did you enjoy dinner? And what we’re taught to say in that point is I really enjoyed being here in the company I was in. So that’s what I think H.R. is doing right now. I think he is not answering the question that he was asked. And I think that he is doing so knowing absolutely in full cognizance of the fact that he is not telling the whole truth, but he’s being very careful not to tell lies.  —  John Nagal, LTC(Retired), USA to Rachel Martin, Morning Edition, NPR, 5-17-17

Both did what McMaster did the other day; they prevaricated as a way to parse truth and insanity in the hope of staving off disaster. And, the results were exactly what they were trying to prevent; More got the block and a marvelous play and a sainthood; Marshall, a loyal servant of Henry II, Richard I and Eleanor of Aquitaine, tried to preserve the Angevin Dynasty and defend the Magna Carta; he ended up watching the last Angevin King lie, steal, murder,  be run off the throne and either drown in a swamp or die of cholera during a rebellion, followed by the rise of the Plantagenet dynasty.

MARTIN: So because you know him so well, you think that’s the calculation that he has made. Better to be there and have to obfuscate from time to time. NAGL: Well, I obviously think he’s in an absolutely impossible position. The president expects him to defend the indefensible — Martin-Nagel, Morning Edition, NPR 5-17-17

Well, Donald Trump may be as venal, crazy and crooked as Henry or John, but he is not a King. The only divine right and absolute power he can maintain or pretend is in his own head. Unlike Henry VIII, he was always just a swindler, and while most historians agree that Henry went off the deep end due to advanced levels of syphilis as well as an unhealed abscess in his leg caused by an accidental wound while jousting, Trump was born off the deep end, and has been swimming stubbornly away from shore ever sense. Since he is in deep denial about everything else, he could well have lost his self-described Vietnam and have a bit of the old “general paralysis of the insane” himself.

We may ultimately owe a huge debt to H.R. McMaster, or we may see a forced resignation and retirement. At his most paranoid and delusional, Henry VIII tried in his way to preserve his relationship and the talents of Thomas More. John didn’t really care that much about Marshall although he knew better than to face him in battle — Marshall was actually the Marshall of England and renowned as the greatest warrior of his era, besting and sparing Richard I in combat during one of the rebellions of the sons against Henry II.

I think literally the fate of the Earth could be in H.R. McMaster’s hands at this point. The administration is clearly in free-fall mode… H.R. McMaster is exactly the man the nation needs to have at the center of things in the White House to hold all the pieces… Nagel, Martin, IBID

Trump doesn’t have those kingly powers; he might send his thug bodyguard to do some wet work, but I suspect that would be a bit too much even for that clown. He’ll fall apart spectacularly, and the sooner the better. We will need people like H.R. McMaster and Robert Mueller in place to hold the center and help the fools left in charge prevent ultimate disaster.

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