Will Trump's Reelection & Impeachment Strategy Work?

Thom plus logo Trump kicked off his re-election campaign just like Nixon with Vietnam, Reagan with Grenada, Bush 1 with Iraq, and Bush 2 with both Afghanistan and Iraq - with a war. He, himself, has identified this strategy and suggested that Obama would follow it back in 2012 when he repeatedly tweeted that Obama, who was up for reelection that year, was going to start a war with Iran at any moment.

But a war to increase your popularity before a reelection campaign is a Republican trick, not a Democratic one. For Trump this is a twofer: not only does it give him the potential popularity of being a wartime president, but it also is, from his point of view, a way of punishing America for impeaching him.

Will it work for him? Some say no, but get ready for the “rally around the flag” effect when Iran hits us back, and Iran is a hell of a lot bigger and more powerful than any of the countries Republican presidents have used for their reelection campaigns in the past.



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Hephaestus 12 weeks 2 days ago

Never mind Trump and his election prospects

This cat has killed thousands of human beings with impunity in the name of Iran


Why are we pussyfooting here???

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Hephaestus 12 weeks 2 days ago


Create a war to get re-elected?

From the "so called" leader of the "free" world!

Is it any wonder we mere mortals are totally screwed "hoist on his own petard"

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Worn out door knobs 12 weeks 1 day ago

Tehran Thom:

you forgot Truman and Korea, Kennedy and Cuba, Johnson and Vietnam, Clinton and Serbia, plus Obama and Syria.

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Tinhip 12 weeks 1 day ago

President Trump will be re-elected because of the radical left, not because of any of the many "wars" you have so fervently promised us. No one in that parade of fools on the debate stage stands out as a person who can get the job done. Free stuff for everyone is insane and voters are painfully aware that all their babbling and promises are pure and utter BS.

The democrats had a real candidate in Tulsi Gabbard and they, as usual, have squandered their opportunity to take votes from Trump and turn them into votes for their own party's candidate.

Swamphox 12 weeks 1 day ago

Hi Thom, can never get through on the phone, so here I am. Sure do attract some non-solutional posters here. Geesh.

Anyway, I've heard your opinion before on the the feasability of a general strike, But as we find ourselves once again historically in the grips of Oligarchs, what other non-violent avenue of offense do we have?

Trump is a symptom. You had a caller a while ago trying to state the relationship between those with resources to create food and those that don't. I think he was pointing at the worker/master relationship whereby the few are served by the many.

Pick a day World-wide and shut it down. I think they will get the point. If not, try two days. The world power is out of balance and we either continue to head towards the wood-chopper or take a stance. Social media is the key to making a world-wide general strike even possible. We have never been here before.

What do you think? Love your show and the bits I learn everyday I can listen. I'm still a Bernie Believer and I blame that on you. ;)

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Hephaestus 12 weeks 1 day ago

Swamp: You can have as many strikes as you like

The real issue is 'fractional reserve banking" and those who own the system... banksters!

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