“Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.” – Donald J. Trump tweet 5-24-17
When you watch a beauty pageant and a judge ask a contestant, “If you were granted one wish what would it be?” 9 times out of 10 the answer is always……….world peace.
Donald Trump tweeted after meeting with Pope Francis that he was more determined than ever to pursue world peace. At least for me, selling Saudi Arabia $110 billion dollars worth of U.S. weaponry before his meeting with the Pope is not the way to achieve that dream. I realize there are many among you who would prescribe to the notion that a good defense begins with an even greater offense or as Ronald Reagan once dictated and Trump parroted “Peace through strength“.
So yes, a $110 billion dollar sale means “jobs, jobs, jobs” for America. General Dynamics, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing all hit record highs after the announcement. But what was the reaction from Jaden and Yusra, citizens of Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East? Do they feel more “peaceful” knowing that the big bully next door will be pointing $110 billion dollars of U.S. weaponry at them in the coming years?
Saudi Arabia is the same country that, during his campaign, Trump accused of pushing “gays off buildings” and said that they “kill women and treat women horribly.” He even went so far as to insinuate that the Saudi’s were behind 9/11, “Take at look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents” he proclaimed to his throng of supporters. So what happened? What changed? Peace or “jobs, jobs, jobs”?
Donald Trump is a beauty pageant contestant. He told the conservatives and evangelicals what they wanted to hear and how they wanted to hear it and it got him elected. He simply used the right words, words without any thought and as we have come to learn words without a plan.
But why should we care about Jaden and Yusra, their fourteen year old daughter Selam and their eight year old son Yasser over in Yemen? We are getting “jobs, jobs, jobs” in Catawba, NC, Kilgore, TX, Cullman, AL and Nashua, NH. We will have a little extra jingle in our pockets to take the kids to Golden Corral on Friday night and eat our combined weight in yeast rolls. What is world peace compared to an endless supply of yeast rolls?
I am sorry but we won’t achieve world peace with Black Hawk Helicopters armed with Hellfire missiles. We have tried. It doesn’t work. That is not the message or equipment of peace. Rather than dropping the “Mother Of All Bombs” on our enemy maybe we ought to try dropping yeast rolls first, yeast rolls and dialogue rather than inflammatory rhetoric. More bombs don’t solve the underlining issues. We won’t make ISIS or Al-Qaeda go away with more bombs but we all know that inflammatory rhetoric gets unprepared people elected President. Sadly, we have seen that work.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – H. H. the Dalai Lama