Published:  12:45 AM, 14 September 2018

Rebellion inside the house or enabling Trump?

Rebellion inside the house or enabling Trump?

There has been chaos since Donald Trump entered the While House after becoming President of the USA. This was an open secret matter that White House officials had been in trouble in keeping their man-child president in control. But no one knew how far the chaos went and how much deep the rift between the president and his staff was until an anonymous article published in the New York Times revealed it all.

Since it was published on September 5th, the discussion has centered on not the issues raised by it, rather around whodunit. Guesses have been flying around who this anonymous author might be. Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Chief James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats? Denials are forthcoming from those who are named as suspect by many types of whodunit specialists. "I guess by process of elimination it will come down to the butler," said Nancy Pelosi, unable to conceal a smile. (Op-ed sparks high-stakes whodunit in Washington as Trump rages, by Lauren Gambino, The Guardian, 8 Sept.)

Donald Trump is at the forefront of this hunting mission in this whodunit thriller. But the person who has authored this damning article by declaring "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" still remains uncaught and free though how long he or she can stay as such is not sure. But he or she remains there in order to save the country, as he or she claims, from dangerous whims of their president who is, in his view, misguided, impulsive, unstable, erratic, ill-informed, reckless and anti-democratic.

"The root of the problem is the president's amorality," identifies the anonymous author. In his view, "the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people." Trump's leadership style "is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective," writes one of today's "unsung heroes in and around the White House."

"There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next," wrote the famous Mr. or Ms. Anonymous. But his or her purpose is to assure the American citizens that "there are adults in the room." These adults "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations." And "The result is a two-track presidency."

Donald Trump has called this senior official who has written this anonymous piece 'GUTLESS', and tweeted, "the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!" He characterizes it as a 'treason'. Branding the opinion piece "cowardly", his wife Melania Trump told CNN, "People with no names are writing our nation's history." 

Even former President Obama was also critical of the anonymous author during a speech in Illinois on Sept. 7. He condemned those inside the White House "who secretly aren't following the president's orders," simply because "that's not how our democracy's supposed to work." Obama was critical of those 'unsung heroes' who "seem utterly unwilling to find the backbone" to come out "to safeguard the institutions to make our democracy work."

The problem with this op-ed piece is that it has not raised any serious issues concerning the USA and the world because of Trump and his administration. It has rather highly praised the administration for the great tasks it has accomplished: "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more." In the old fashioned way he condemns Trump for cozying up to Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

This piece of writing has become, perhaps, the most read essay in the world today. But it has not helped a bit to change the course of America. It has launched a game of guessing about the identity of the author across America. It has diverted the attention of people from the real issues of the country. Jennifer Rubin's essay in The Washington Post (7 Sept.), therefore, is: "Stop looking for the anonymous writer. Start looking at Trump."

She writes, 'If an unnamed "senior official" told us WWIII was about to break out, we wouldn't spend our waking hours trying to find the official; we'd be trying to figure out whether he was right, what the consequences might be and how to stop it or ameliorate its ill effects.'

The anonymous author has written nothing new that the world had not known before it was published. Walter Shapiro wrote an essay "The anonymous op-ed writer is just another Trump enabler - not a rebel" (The Guardian, 7 Sept.)

because "the author's refusal to step outside the White House shows they want the benefits of being inside with the acclaim." It is, therefore quite true that "The New York Times packages old news in an anonymous op-ed" as the title of an essay by Erik Wemple in The Washington Post (Sept. 5) says it all.

The anonymous author just wants to say that those who work in the Trump administration are not all bad guys, some are even working as unsung heroes for the benefits of the nation and can even hope for some rewards in the future.    


The writer is Executive Editor of SHIKKHALOK, a CDIP
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