Delegating Power to Generals? Trump’s Historic Cowardice and Abrogation of Presidential Responsibility

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OpEds } By Rob Kall, Editor in Chief, OpedNews

Trump has made it clear that he has handed decision-making over to his generals. His supporters probably frame this as the hallmark of a strong leader and great manager. But military actions are not business decisions. I would frame it differently.


A president is the commander in chief and it his responsibility and his alone to make major military decisions, like launching 59 cruise missiles at Syria or dropping the biggest non-nuclear bomb in history, one that costs a third of a billion dollars (150 of them would eat up his entire $50 billion military budget.)

I would say that Trump’s claim that he has handed decision making over to his generals is a total abrogation of the one of the most important responsibilities of the president, of the most powerful person in the world.

I would say that it is an act of extreme cowardice to not take responsibility for major military decisions.

I’d say that it is disgustingly crass, gutless political calculation to avoid owning the decisions that only a president should make.

I’d say that this approach, handing such immense power to the military is a pustulant, abominable symptom of Trump’s incredibly moronic decision to choose hard power (ie., military force and money) over soft power– attraction by diplomacy, good will, cultural and literal bridge building.

Using big bombs and restricting political strategy to hard power and huge bombs and centrally controlled missiles is an extreme example of top down narrow vision thinking. Top down thinking sees the simple minded solution– that big bombs and big offensives solve problems. The truth is that the thought or statement “Nuke the bastards” is one of the dumbest, most simple-minded, mental Viagra approaches that can be proposed When my friends suggest it, my response, is always along the lines of “Don’t be an idiot.”

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Unfortunately, if Trump, in one of the most historic acts of leadership cowardice , is delegating the big decisions to his generals, he has removed himself from the possibility of close advisors telling him that these approaches are idiotic. (Not that he is surrounded by wise people, anyhow.—Eds.). I fear that Trump, with his childish proclivity to use the big military tech “toys” that he has at his disposal, will, because he can, open up the nuclear football and push the button to launch the first nuclear attack since the 1940s. Or maybe, if you believe him that he’s handed decision making over to his generals, one of them will make the decision without consulting with him. How insane is that?

About the author
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer– first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978– Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story– each the first of their kind.  When he found the process of raising people’s consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded— which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: No material by this author or any other author published on this site should be read as a defense of Donald Trump and his policies. Trump, the GOP and the Democrats are all part of the same malignant threat to World peace, all life on this planet, democracy, and truth in public affairs afflicting the US and the rest of the world, and emanating from the irrepressible dynamics of global capitalism, protected by the political, media, cultural, and military power of the United States of America.



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