How to make a weak man feel strong: Throw him a military parade.

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Melania wears the perfect sundress for a tank parade.

“Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.” — Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War

It was January 1991. We’d just decided to do the war thing again. We launched an attack on Saddam Hussein, a weak man who made a show of strength by invading Kuwait. Saddam was a “strongman” — a dictator who harmed his own people. Like all strongmen, he was not a strong man inside.

“For someone who just declared that it was ‘treasonous’ to not applaud him, and for someone who has, in the past, admired the tactics of everyone from Saddam Hussein to Vladimir Putin, it is clear that a military parade isn’t about saluting the military — it is about making a display of the military saluting him…. Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a wannabe banana republic strong man.”

Well now. But hey, Trump wants a parade, and if we’re smart, we’ll give it to him. Because he’s a weak man who controls the nuclear arsenal. We should surrender to his need to show strength, because then he won’t lash out in a show of real strength. One that could kill a whole lot of us. This is what we get for electing a weak man. We’ll elect a strong person after we run this fool out. For now, this is what we got. We win by feigning weakness.

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