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The Latest Deranged Project of the Caligula Presidency The Latest Deranged Project of the Caligula Presidency
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-02-09 11:05:51
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Dr. Emanuel L. Paparella

“I had in a previous career a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union. So maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming,”

                                                         --Ted Malloch (Proposed US ambassador to the EU, in a BBC interview)

trump01_400_02The above outrageous statement was uttered by the candidate interviewed by President Trump as a possible ambassador to the EU. He is a crass businessman, of course. That interview represents the latest outrage, within ten short days, of the scary regime by an unhinged imperial presidency.

His imperial majesty, in fact, does not call the EU by its proper name but as “The European Consortium” to be treated on a transactional level with which to make deals, as he does with everything else in his life.

The EU leaders are alarmed by this display of sheer hubris and ignorance. They met for a summit in Malta to discuss the matter and have preliminarly agreed to reject Malloch’s candidacy, should he be nominated to the position, declaring him a persona non grata. Obviously the goddess discord has arrived on Mount Olympus at the summit of the transatlantic alliance; and we know well what happens when she arrives.

Indeed. Who could have imagined a White House committed to Europe’s breakup? Only a madman could have brought it about. What adds to the bizarre optics of the situation is that General Maddox, the US secretary of defense, is meanwhile going around reassuring allies that the US is committed to NATO and the transatlantic alliance, something in existence since the end of World War II.

That alliance has always enjoyed bi-partisan support in the US, but Caligula has no clue. He continues his campaign rhetoric backing Brexit and other nations contemplating the same, as he made clear at the recent meeting with Theresa May at the White House. The predictable result has been an energizing of a host of right-wing parties in the EU, not to speak of Russia who is hoping for a successful outcome of its policy of divide and conquer. The dissension has boiled to a point where Donald Tusk, the EU Council President has listed the US, alongside terrorism, Russia and China as major threats to the EU.

The question arises: will the EU leaders follow the example of Theresa May and seek a comfortable cozy relationship with a powerful madman or will they follow the example of Angela Merkel (who has taken a stand against the emperor who goes around in invisible splendid clothes) declaring that she will work with him only when Germany’s value align. Who could have predicted in 1945 that the US would be lectured by Germany on political values? But it has come to pass in our deranged times.

There could be a silver lining to this latest of Caligula’s outrages. It could function as an alarm bell, as mentioned by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern against the turmoil caused by the far-right in Europe. But it remains to be seen. One suspects that we haven’t seen anything yet.

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