[ExI] Sanders, Clinton and Trump

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Mon May 16 16:19:41 UTC 2016

To my mind the worst thing Hillary Clinton ever did wasn't Benghazi
​ ​
and it certainly wasn't the silly Email business, it was voting in favor of
the Iraq War in 2002 when she was a Senator. That was stupid but in her
defence it was stupid within normal parameters, and although it pains me to
admit it if I were in her place in 2002 I would have made the same mistake.
But with Donald Trump we have an entirely new sort of stupid. No American
President has ever encouraged any country to develop nuclear weapons not
even Briton, but Trump wants
to encourage at least 5
​ countries​
​. Trump says that "very very soon" after he becomes president he will
destroy ISIS, the only hint he gives on how he intends to do this is he
won't rule out using nuclear weapons against them, nor rule out using them
in Europe because "Europe is a big place". Is this just bluster, is Trump
just making noises with his mouth? I don't know, maybe it's just hot air, I
hope so, but I don't want to stake my life on it. One flaw Trump doesn't
have is lack of confidence, I think he sincerely believes he has the
solutions to all the world's problems and all the solutions are simple
quick direct and audacious. Believing you're the smartest man in the world
is a bad thing if you're really as dumb as a sack of rocks, and it's even
worse if you're a world leader. The historic figures that remind me the
most of Trump are
Kaiser William II
​ of Germany and ​
​ in Italy, both were absolutely convinced they were brilliant. They
weren't.  ​

As for Bernie Sanders, he doesn't want to build a stupid wall but he does
have a terrible anti free trade policy
​however ​
Trump has an almost identical and equally bad
​ ​
anti free trade policy
​ ​
so that cancels out.
​ ​
But unlike Hillary Clinton
​ ​
(and unlike me) Sanders was smart
​ ​
​ ​
not to believe Bush when he said he had rock solid evidence that a madman,
Saddam Hussein, was
​just ​
months or even weeks
​away ​
from mass producing nuclear bombs. Sanders voted against the Iraq war in
so if the election was between Trump and Sanders my decision would be easy,
I'd vote for Sanders. I think I could trust
​ ​
Sanders with the nuclear launch codes, or at least as much as I can trust
​ with that much power​
, but the thought of Trump getting his grubby little hands on
​those codes​
 gives me nightmares.

​ John K Clark​
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