Trump's Trump by G. Murphy Donovan
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Trump by G Murphy Donavan
This is an interesting commentary, written by a Vietnam-era Air Force
Intelligence Officer. Take it for what it is worth. You fans of old “Hands
Across The Aisle” McCain will not appreciate this.
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
at the UN, 2012
From a navy friend. Interesting. As Trump continues to lead in
the polls, as conscientious voters, we need to understand more about him.
Is there a moral imperative that compels Trump to run for President?
Here’s a little additional info on the author of the following piece:
G.Murphy Donovan is a Vietnam veteran, a former Intelligence officer and
Director of Research and Russian (nee Soviet) Studies, USAF
Intelligence, at Bolling AFB when DNI James Clapper was the Assistant
Chief of Staff for Intelligence, HQ USAF. The author was also a former
senior research fellow for Intelligence at the RAND Corporation, Santa
DonaldTrump is a piece of work even by New York standards: tall, white, loud,
brash, entrepreneurial, successful, rich, ruthlessly candid,
well-dressed, and fond of heterosexual women. He has married at least
three delicious ladies in fact. Trump has five children and seven
grandchildren. Indeed, his progeny are well above average too, smartly
groomed, photogenic, and successful to boot.
As far as we know, Donald does not have any tattoos, piercings, unpaid
taxes, or under-aged bimbo interns. He is not a drunk or a junkie
either. Trump projects and enterprises probably employ more folks than
the NYC school system -- or the United
You could say that Trump is living the life, not the life of Riley, but more like Daddy Warbucks with a
comb over. “The Donald,” as one ex-wife calls him, is not just living
the American dream. Trump is the dream -- and proud of
You could do worse than think of Trump as upwardly mobile blue collar. He is the grandson of immigrants and the
product of Long island, a Queens household, and a Bronx education. The
Donald survived the Jesuits of Fordham University for two years before
migrating to finish his baccalaureate at the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
When readers of the New York Times , The New Yorker , and the New York Review of Books
speak of “the city”, they are not talking about the Queens or the
Bronx. Growing and schooling in the blue-collar boroughs gives
Trump a curb level perspective, something seldom found in Manhattan. Or
as any “D” Train alumnus might put it, Trump has “a pretty good Bravo
So what’s not to like about Donald Trump? He doesn’t just stay in four-star hotels; he builds them.
He doesn’t just own luxury condominiums; he makes them. He doesn’t just
own historic buildings; he restores them. He doesn’t just eat at the
best restaurants; he creates them. He just doesn’t belong to the best
country clubs; he builds those, too.
And Donald Trump, unlike the Manhattan/Washington fantasy Press and every
Beltway political pimp, doesn’t just pay lip service to a bigger and
better economy, he creates micro-economies every day.
The only thing we don’t know about Donald Trump is why he would like to immigrate to the District of
In any case, the merits of entrepreneurs like Trump might best be defined by the character or
motives of his critics. Trump detractors are for the most part “B” list
politicians, ambulance chasers, and a left-leaning Press corps that
lionizes the likes of Nina Totenberg, Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, Andrea
Mitchell, and Brian Williams.
If the truth were told, most of Trump’s critics are jealous, envious of his wealth
-e- and they loath his candor. Donald might also be hated for what
he is not. Trump is not a lawyer, nor is he a career politician who
lives on the taxpayer dime. Trump is paying for his own campaign.
Bernie, Barack, McCain, and Kerry could take enterprise lessons from a
chap like Trump.
Unlike most government barnacles, Trump can walk and chew gum at the same time. He knows how to
close a deal and build something. He is a net creator, not consumer, of
a kind of wealth that provides “life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness” for Americans -- real jobs not feather
Today, Trump has nothing left to prove. Yet, success has allowed him the rarest of public
privileges, an electoral pulpit and the courage to speak his mind. Alas,
truth is not necessarily a political asset in a socialized
Indeed, the erstwhile presidential candidate stepped on his crank recently by suggesting that Mexico,
already exporting dangerous drugs, cheap tomatoes, and even cheaper
labor, was also exporting violent felons to the
Truth hurts! Trump’s rude candor is underwritten by nearly half a million illegal felons in American jails.
Coincidentally, events have conspired to support Trump’s take on Mexican
dystopia with the El Chapo Guzman jailbreak and the murder of Kathryn
Steinle by Francisco Sanchez.
Senor Sanchez sported a lengthy criminal record and had been deported on four previous
occasions. San Francisco, a "sanctuary" city, failed to honor existing
warrants and released Sanchez from jail just before he blew Kathy
As serendipity would have it, Trump then went to Phoenix on 12 July and gave a stem winder to a
sell-out crowd on the subject of illegal immigration. Senator John
McCain was not pleased to have The Donald on Arizona’s front lawn and
intemperately called Trump supporters “crazies.” Trump returned fire
saying that McCain was no hero.
Here again Trump cut to the quick, pointing out that no one qualifies as a hero
because he was shot down or captured. Indeed, being a hostage in North
Vietnam is not necessarily heroic either. McCain is thought by some to
be a heroic because he refused to accept an early
In fact, the Hanoi parole offer was a ruse, a Hobson’s choice, designed to embarrass McCain and his father at
If McCain took the parole and abandoned his fellow POWs, he would have shamed his father and been
ostracized by shipmates. Indeed, had John McCain not been the son and
grandson of famous nd victorious, Pacific Command flag officers, no one
would have noticed him then or now.
Few of the demagogues who have come to John McCain’s defense could name any of the
600 Vietnam-era POWs other than McCain. McCain is famous
today because he, like John Kerry, has parlayed a very
average Vietnam military service into a three-decade political sinecure.
We know of 50,000 Vietnam veterans that might be more deserving than John McCain. Unfortunately,
they died in a war that generals couldn’t win and politicians couldn’t
abide. A body bag seldom gets to play the “hero.”
McCain is no political hero either.
He is famously ambiguous on domestic
issues like immigration. He is also a Johnny-come-lately to Veterans
Administration rot, which has metastasized as long as McCain has been in
office. On foreign policy, McCain is a Victoria Nuland era crackpot,
supporting East European coups, playing cold warrior, and posturing with
neo-Nazis in Kiev. McCain pecks at Putin too because the Senate, like
the Obama crew, hasn’t a clue about genuine threats like the ISIS jihad
or the latest Islam bomb.
To date, Trump has run a clever campaign. He is chumming, throwing red meat and blood into
campaign waters and all the usual suspects are in a feeding frenzy.
McCain, the Press, the Left, and the Republican establishment all have
something to say about “the Donald.” It is truly amazing how cleverly
Trump manages to manipulate the establishment.
If you are trying to sell an idea or a candidacy, there’s no such thing
as bad publicity.
Who knows where the Trump campaign goes? For the moment, he has scored direct hits on Mexico and
McCain. With El Capo on the loose again, every time a toilet flushes in
Sinaloa, Mexican garbage is likely spill out in Los Angeles, Hollywood,
San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that
the Left Coast could survive without cheap labor, pistileros , meth,
coke, heroin, or weed. Necrotic immigration and its byproducts are ready
made targets for a gunslinger like Trump.
Trump is no bigot. He probably employs more Latinos and Blacks than
Enrique Peña Nieto or Barack Obama. In his own way, Donald Trump is both
immigrant and POW, a refugee from Queens and still a prisoner of
Wharton. The Donald is The Dude, the guy with babes and a role of
Benjamins that would choke a shark. He is the wildly successful
capitalist that some of us love to hate.
Before democratic socialism, success and effectiveness were measures of
merit. It doesn’t take much insight to compare Trump’s various
enterprises with federal programs. Public education, banking
oversight, public housing slums, poverty doles, veterans fiascos,
Internal Revenue hijinks, and even some Defense Department procurement
programs are consensus failures. The F-35 “Lightning” fighter is
an illustration, arguably the most expensive single DOD boondoggle in
history. Pentagon progressives seldom win a catfight these days, but
they still spend like sailors.
If and when Trump fails, he is out of business.
In Trump’s world, failure has consequences. In contrast, Washington rewards
failure with better funding. Indeed, generational program failure is now
a kind of perverse incentive for Beltway politicians and apparatchiks to
throw good money after failed programs.
The difference between Trump and McCain should be obvious to any fair
observer; Trump has done something with his talents. McCain, in
contrast, is coasting on a military myth and resting on the laurels of
Any way you look at it, Donald Trump is good for national politics, good for democracy, good for
America, and especially good for candor. If nothing else, The Donald may
help Republicans to pull their heads out of that place where the
sun seldom shines.
The author had two tours in Vietnam as a junior officer and subsequently served as
command Intelligence briefer in Hawaii where he updated CINCPAC, John
McCain’s father, on POW matters.
By G. Murphy Donovan