A Week In Washington

In the US, Government keeps its hands off businesses for the most part and lets them get on with it. It is a big part of what makes the USA successful.

And it is businesses that erected social media, and businesses and not the Government that have banned Trump et al.

I guess Twitter, Google, and Facebook were in part outraged. And I am sure that in part they thought it was a wise move to ban Trump in order to avoid risking politicians questioning their claim that they are platforms and not publishers of content.

The story has not played out yet, and white supremacy may be on its last legs, or not. The day of the inauguration will go some way to answering that. So with the knowledge that things could still change dramatically, I think what happened in Washington shows the resilience of American democracy. In some countries the news blackout would have been total and people would have been picked off the street and ‘disappeared’. So all in all, a good week for the decent majority.

Iran And Afghanistan In The Last Days Of The Trump Administration

Reported in The Week in its issue of 28 November 2020 is this

President Trump’s foreign policy doctrine — a mixture of isolationism and occasional violent interventions — has never made much sense, said Max Boot in The Washington Post. And it’s becoming no more coherent in the dying days of his administration. Last week, Trump reportedly asked senior advisers about options for attacking Iran’s main nuclear site at Natanz. Yet at the same time, he also ordered the return of more than half the US troops in Afghanistan, reducing their number from 4,500 to 2,500. The order left analysts “mystified”, said Frog Kaplan on Slate.

President Trump’s behaviour is not ‘mystifying’ if you link Iran and Afghanistan by their geography. If the US were to hit Iran’s nuclear facilities, then what about the thousands of US troops in Afghanistan, a country that is right next door on the eastern border of Iran? So which way does the wind blow?

It would make a lot of sense to get those troops out of Afghanistan before attacking Iran.