Last week, we all became Dan Rather when he posted his official and public statement of President Donald Trump’s actions:
Rather quoted Trump himself in the statement that boasted of how a World War could begin simply based on Trump’s ignorant lies:
“‘We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier,’ he said. The National Security Advisor and the Secretary of Defense both reiterated the information. Except it wasn’t true. The carrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships were heading in the other direction, thousands of miles away.”
This blatant miscommunication between the highest offices of the U.S. governing body not only demonstrates how incompetently our government is being run but how uneducated the staff is on very serious matters. It shows a blatant disregard for a want to be educated before stepping into the limelight, and it juxtaposes their war on “alternative facts” with their own actual alternative facts.
“This is how wars can get started by accident.”
Rather is right. With how volatile many nations are to U.S. intervention nowadays, it is possible that World War III could be started with a simple ignorant miscommunication on the Trump administration’s part.As a nation, we have prided ourselves not just in our ability to communicate, but our ability to communicate clearly. Taking the one thing that enables us to reach countries immediately and blasting blatantly false news about supposed power plays against volatile countries could prompt reactions we are not ready for.
As a nation, we have prided ourselves not just in our ability to communicate, but our ability to communicate clearly. Taking the one thing that enables us to reach countries immediately and blasting blatantly false news about supposed power plays against volatile countries could prompt reactions this country is not ready for.
And it would all be based on fake news.
“The fact that this has gone on for days is inexcusable. The world’s nations rely on being able to trust what an American president says, especially on an issue like this.”
Military power plays are no joke, and when someone goes on the air and states that there are aircraft carriers and boats headed for the coast of a country, everyone watching the broadcast assumes that information is correct.
Not because we inherently trust the media, but because the topic being discussed is military tactics and maneuvers.
As Rather has said, “this is a foreign policy debacle that is shaping world affairs in big ways,” and he is right. The Trump administration has not only proven to be volatile in who they drop bombs on or how big those bombs will be, but they have proven they will speak publicly about any potential military maneuvers, truthful or not, in an attempt to bolster their reputation.
Why? Well, why does anyone begin to speak rapidly before checking their facts?
Because they feel backed into a corner. Because they feel threatened. Because the 100-day milestone is looming and nothing has been accomplished that they promised.
Whatever the reason, sweeping and inaccurate statements made against countries who are simply waiting for someone to make the first move is dangerous.
World War III could be started because of a lie.
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