Our previous president understood the danger of nuclear technology in the Middle East. He headed an international coalition, which included Russia and China, to forge an agreement in which Iran agreed to halt its nuclear program and allow the most intrusive inspection regime in the history of arms agreements.
Experts in the field virtually unanimously agreed that it was the most comprehensive and ironclad agreement that could possibly have been achieved and that Iran has complied with it in good faith. Those who voiced opposition to the deal 1) have little or no expertise in the field of nuclear proliferation, 2) based their opposition on political and ideological expediencies, and 3) ignored the reality of Iran’s compliance.
Our current president stupidly withdrew the United States from the agreement. Fortunately for the world, sane leaders in the other signatories to the pact have continued to live by its edicts, and Iran still lives up to its commitments under the treaty.
Meanwhile, our current president has, insanely, worked clandestinely to provide prohibited nuclear technology to the authoritarian regime of Saudi Arabia — the same Saudi Arabia that recently murdered and dismembered a U.S. journalist.
This president is a clear and present danger to the stability of the world.
Meanwhile, the current president’s personal stability becomes ever more obviously questionable. His speech is becoming even more incoherent and unhinged. He is firing anyone and everyone in his administration who has been vetted by Congress and who refuses to break the law at his command.
His Monday massacre at the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service this week is a dangerous sign of an escalation not so unlike one that happened in Germany in the 1930s.
Last week, he actually said that the noise from windmills causes cancer. That is scary stuff. What makes it much scarier is the percentage of the American people who hear that and cheer rather than being appalled.
This president is an aberration this country may or may not survive. We have to hope our institutions are strong and deep enough to withstand the relentless onslaught his administration is subjecting them to.
The biggest, most relevant factor in determining whether we survive may be if those who “hear and cheer” can be marginalized and pushed back out of the political mainstream. It didn’t happen in Germany in the 1930s. It has to happen here, today.
— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.