Daily Dose

When Obama kept detained children without toothbrushes and soap, nobody gave a crap. There was no barrage of outraged FB memes on the subject. Now all of a sudden, everybody is appalled. Because it’s time for the daily dose of Trump outrage, and the detained kids will serve the purpose as well as anything else.

Tucker Against War

From the NYTimes:

He heard from his generals and his diplomats. Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers. But among the voices that rang powerfully for President Trump was that of one of his favorite Fox News hosts: Tucker Carlson. While national security advisers were urging a military strike against Iran, Mr. Carlson in recent days had told Mr. Trump that responding to Tehran’s provocations with force was crazy. The hawks did not have the president’s best interests at heart, he said. And if Mr. Trump got into a war with Iran, he could kiss his chances of re-election goodbye… The decision made, the military ordered ships and planes in the region to stand down. At the White House, Mr. Trump turned on his television to watch the opening of Mr. Carlson’s 8 p.m. show, where he heard what surely must have sounded like vindication. Onscreen, Mr. Carlson declared that “foreign wars have ended in dismal failure for the United States.”

I don’t think this is true because in the very next hour, Trump’s really favorite talk show host Sean Hannity offered a disgustingly aggressive argument in favor of the war. There’s zero reason to believe that Trump values Tucker’s opinion more than Hannity’s. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t watch Hannity but I read about his comments online. I can’t stand to listen to the fellow’s whiny voice and his abject worship of Trump).

I still think that this whole Iran thing was Trump’s electoral strategy. But I did love what Tucker had to say about it. He’s been very consistent and powerful for years in his denunciations of the endless invasions by the US.

It’s a complete mystery why people on the left think it’s so wrong to watch a guy who is so consistently and passionately anti-war.

Here is a good take on the Iran debacle.

People Are Weird

Klara and I went out today, and there was a little girl who really wanted to play with Klara. Her mom, though, kept very aggressively steering her away towards other kids. It went on and on for 40 minutes. The girl would escape from the mom and approach Klara. The mom would reappear and drag her away. Then the girl would escape and come back. Finally, we just left because it got too weird.

The only explanation I have is that I was wearing my old Yale T-shirt. Maybe the mom assumed I was a snob or something. She kept giving me really dirty looks and I have no other explanation. We weren’t doing anything unusual or speaking a foreign language. I have an accent but that mom’s accent was stronger. This is a lady with a very striking appearance, so I’m certain I don’t know her from anywhere.

It’s not like she didn’t want her daughter to play with anybody. She didn’t want her to play specifically with my kid. It was really weird.

Strategy

So I saw Trump’s interview with Chuck Todd, and it became clear to me that the whole Iran conflagration is part of his newly inaugurated election campaign. He’s building an argument for his campaign, saying to his voters, “I was pushed to start a war by the hawks but I exercised restraint and did what my voters wanted.”

As long as Iran doesn’t get bombed, I’m happy. And this show is still way better than Obama’s or Bush’s compulsive bombing of everybody in sight.