It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan, in a series of tweets, for the devastation they are facing. From his own golf club, Trump attacked rather than reflected and helped. I am a homeland and national security analyst for CNN and for this op-ed page. I keep my emotions in check. Indeed, having been in the field for some time, having worked on many disasters, I kept my criticisms to a minimum, as I know how hard disaster management is. I saw the disturbing images from Puerto Rico, but knowing the dedication and expertise of the professionals working the disaster I believed there had to be an explanation.
For example, I understood that the challenges of moving commodities quickly on a devastated island is arduous -- that the proverbial "last mile" to distribution is the greatest challenge of any mass mobilization. I had worked within the confines of the antiquated Jones Act, the law that prohibits foreign vessels from shipping to American ports, but understood that waivers, like the one that Trump issued, were readily available and the Act itself was likely not the cause of a slow response.
I, like everyone else, had seen the tremendous work of Trump's homeland security team in hurricanes in Houston and Miami just weeks before. In some ways, I had convinced myself that Trump was a bit player in this tragedy.
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Yet again, Drumpf has had to take a tragedy and make all it about himself. Worse, when accosted by people on the ground in the midst of that horror who call him out for his inadequate response, he resorts to the same juvenile posing and name-calling which has become his standard practice with anyone who has the unmitigated nerve to be opposed to him or speak against him. I would compare this situation to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, but that story is apocryphal. Trump twittering while Puerto Rico drowns is an entirely-too-real reality where leadership and decisive action were required rather than a series of self-indulgent tweets from a twit who repeatedly demonstrates that he neither has a grasp of nor much cares about the responsibilities incumbent with the office he occupies.
The worst part about this entire business is that, because Drumpf would rather throw insults around than do his job, PEOPLE WILL DIE ... and in the final analysis, HE will be responsible for deaths and suffering which might otherwise have been prevented.
He should be flown into these places & then left there for awhile.......a loooooooong while! Let him face reality & live it!!!!
Loren, I share your opinion, "The worst part about this entire business is that, because Drumpf would rather throw insults around than do his job, PEOPLE WILL DIE ... and in the final analysis, HE will be responsible for deaths and suffering which might otherwise have been prevented."
Your judgment is based on countless things "Drumpf" said and did. He is a sociopath if I ever saw one.
"Trump is a compulsive liar who creates his own fantasy world.
"Trump is also extremely moody and impulsive.
"Trump's advisers have to satisfy his extreme narcissism and nurture his detachment from reality by presenting him -- on a twice-daily basis -- with a file folder full of "good news."
"Trump may be crazy" ~ Fellow Republicans have been recorded on a hot mike suggesting that.
"Trump's mental health and the threat it poses to global security," ~The American news media, as well as commentators from other countries, have voiced serious concerns"
Joan, the single biggest issue in this particular instance is Drumpf's glaring lack of empathy. Of course, to HAVE empathy in the first place, one has to be able to have feelings and perception of someone other than for first-person, singular. As many of us here and elsewhere have observed, Donnie isn't about anyone else other than DONNIE. I can't escape the opinion that anyone else around him, regardless of the relationship, is completely disposable, and that would include Melania and Ivanka, truth be told.
Drumpf may be the epitome of narcissism, and having such a person as president is beyond disturbing.
"THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
By Bandy X. Lee (ed.). Thomas Dunne Books.
"twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.
"Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in terms of “unbridled and extreme present hedonism.”
"Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix.
"Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia.
"Lance Dodes, on sociopathy.
"Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.
"His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.
"It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his."