Trump’s smoke-screens may lead to fire

The art of distraction is a well-known trick not only for magicians but also used almost non-stop by politicians to divert the attention of the public.  Without a doubt, the current inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue should be known as the Distractor in Chief as he has waged a nonstop war on all our attention spans with his countless smoke-screens.  These smoke-screens have been emanating either from obstructing investigations, tweets or bombastic statements by his family and cronies.  If you are still undecided with regards to whether Trump, his business partners, and his administration are using smoke screens it is probably worthwhile to review the facts and the etymology of the phrase “smoke screen.”  

According to the different resources, the idea of the smoke screen in military operations is done to conceal or hide an action whether it is re-positioning troops or getting ready for an attack.  Through this “cover-up” the military planner is attempting to hide the goal of the armed force to meet an overarching objective.  Outside of military the intent and definition are essentially the same, the idea is to conceal an action or hide the true intentions of actions or activities.  

Looking at the case of Trump over the past 27 months of his presidency there been an almost un-measurable number of smoke screens to prevent the public from fully realizing his corrupt behavior. 

Currently, there are ongoing investigations by Congress related to his tax returns, the underlying evidence that composed the Mueller Report and several other investigations into how the administration is working to remove public safety nets.  The scrutiny and investigations appear to be growing on a weekly basis and an atmosphere of despair has been growing in the White House.  His desperation is measured in how many tweets he manages to make in a day, and on Sunday he typed out over 60 messages on issues from China, Iran, trade, etc. 

Based on reporting from The New York Times, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented a military plan that involved to send as many as 120,000 US troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran strikes American forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons. Yesterday, Trump in front of cameras threatened Iran “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that”, “They’re not going to be happy.” 

As this reporting shows Trump’s tweets and smokescreens may actually lead to a real fire.  The fires may be an economic slowdown due to a looming trade war with China or an actual war with Iran.  What the Administration has started as a smoke-screen to deter investigations of corruption are on the tipping point of causing real and lasting damage to the nation. 

Ultimately, Republicans, Democrats, Democratic Socialist, Libertarians and Independents alike all need to stay focus on what is actually happening and ensure that these distractions do not actually lead to harm while at the same time pursue justice and the rule of law in addressing the actions of the president and his administration. 

 

 

About Yenny Delgado

Yenny Delgado is a psychologist, theologian, development specialist, and political analyst. Follow @dc_yenny

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