In the days of a never-to-be-seen-again twenty-eight inch waist, when soldiering in the jungle, movement was difficult and precision navigation challenging. Often, we would resort to what we called gross error navigation. That is, we would aim for a recognisable feature such as a river or unusually shaped contours three or four clicks distant. When we hit them, we would then figure out where we were in relation to our exact target. Unfortunately, jungles tend to have lots of rivers and are very hilly. Nonetheless, it was a method by which we convinced ourselves that we knew what we were doing.
I am reminded of those days when looking at Trump’s actions. He is making decisions and while the execution has so far been poor, largely because of an absence of planning and the right staff not yet being in place, he is heading in the direction that he made clear he would do from the outset of his campaign and is doing so on the basis that they will figure out the bumps in the road along the way. The only surprise has been the speed at which he has moved but again, he is doing exactly what he said he would do.
The manufactured hysteria that has greeted his executive orders, on both sides of the Atlantic, strike me as being shallow and delusional. On the US side this president hasn’t said anything that has not been said before by previous incumbents and he is executing policies on which he was elected. The development which raises some concern though was the statement issued by Obama in which he declared he now supports all the protests against Trump. That definitely isn’t good and potentially could legitimise in the eyes of some a different level of protest. On this side of the Atlantic the protests and petitions have little resonance with the majority of citizens, the majority of whom would like to see exactly the same restrictions and deep vetting placed on immigrants from countries that offer a threat to our safety and well-being. The same is true of mainland Europe.
The press have been very cute in their reporting of the migrant issue. Led by the BBC, who like to drive the narrative rather than report it, we don’t hear much about violent incidents against the person perpetrated by individuals who live to an ignorant and barbaric cadence better suited to medieval times. If in any doubt, refer to the family of the poor Swedish woman who was gang raped by three men who live streamed their bestial act on Facebook.
From a purely British perspective the Transatlantic Relationship is not just important; it is critical to our survival. Today, we have just 19 surface ships in the Fleet and less than 82,000 soldiers with which to defend ourselves. Anyone who thinks that is sufficient to stop a determined enemy for longer than a few days has detached themselves from reality. As a point of orientation, at the height of the Troubles in Ulster over 21,000 soldiers were deployed. In Op Granby, (the first Gulf War), 45,000 soldiers and 11 surface ships were deployed, (not including mine counter-measures ships). We couldn’t do that now. How ironic is it that without the United States, the nuclear trigger point for the UK is lower than it would otherwise be because the ‘last resort defence’ jumps up the queue should our survival be at stake. Something the protesting Snowflakes may wish to ponder.
The other irony is that when the tofu munching liberals get their own way and it turns to rat shit they disappear and are not to be found. It is then mostly left to the sons and daughters of those who are diametrically opposed to their views who have to go and fix things. That is mostly how we ended up with 456 dead in Afghanistan.
The madness of the whole thing is of course that on average, some seven children and teenagers are killed by guns every day in the United States. In fact, more people are killed by toddlers with handguns than are killed by terrorists in the US but then that is another discussion which even Trump is unlikely to have the courage to lead.