Ever since Donald Trump went on the war path and started exchanging threats with North Korea, he seems like a new man.
And not in a good sense either.
For Trump has always seen himself as a Great Warrior Leader, and the idea of distracting Americans from all his scandals and his inability to govern with scary thoughts of nuclear war, has him in a fevered frenzy.
For what else can explain why he can't stop threatening the North Koreans, and ratcheting up the crisis instead of trying to defuse it?
And worse, if that's possible.
What else but war fever can explain his threat to invade Venezuela?
President Trump said Friday that he is “not going to rule out a military option” to confront the autocratic government of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro and the deepening crisis in the South American country.
For this does sound like a declaration of war.
"Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people," the White House said in a statement late Friday night. "The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship."
And what makes that even scarier is that it comes at the same time as he prepares to fight North Korea, and maybe China.
For this warning couldn't be clearer or more ominous.
China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
But I can't help but wonder whether Trump in his feverish state will heed it.
Especially after listening to his phone conversation with the governor of Guam, the tiny Pacific island where anxiety levels are naturally rising like a missile.
Cover your head, strip off those irradiated clothes and make sure not to look at the glaring fireball. These are among the guidelines Guam has released as, amid escalating tensions with North Korea, the small Pacific island contemplates the nightmare scenario of a nuclear strike.
And realizing that Trump just doesn't get it, and is actually suggesting that the threat of nuclear war is good for business.
BREAKING: Trump calls the governor of Guam…to congratulate him for becoming "extremely famous" amidst an escalating crisis with North Korea. pic.twitter.com/VvQae43nZb— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) August 12, 2017
And if you thought that was weird, the official White House summary of that conversation is even worse.
Or even crazier.
And yes, Stephen King who knows a horror show when he sees one, is right...
Donald Trump has terminal war fever.
He is too dangerous to be allowed to remain in office.
And he must be locked up as soon as possible...