G. Murphy Donovan has a new piece up at The American Thinker, “Trump and the Victory Deficit”. I posted two comments:
susanholly Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:41 AM
“By all measures, national security success is job one.”
Ah yes, the “great” Trump dissed every American ally, announced he would order US troops to commit war crimes to “scare” ISIS terrorists and today it’s reported he might open talks with North Korea….
The Trump “Unpredictable” Foreign Policy……. a surefire “winner”. Lol, what a joke, GMD!
And then I posted a response to another comment
USA-RIP Wednesday, May 18, 2016 1:25 PM
“Trump needs to pick a team that sends an inclusive message.”
Isn’t it interesting how all the ‘experts’ want to tell Trump, who has done exceedingly well by marching to his own drummer, what to do to get elected? I’d rather Trump continue on his own path and ignore the Karl Roves, GOPe, RINOs etc. losers. Not faulting the author, but may be it is time for a new direction.
susanholly Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:38 PM
Trump has done exceedingly well with corrupt 10 months of FREE 24/7 NEW coverage, coupled with relentless repetition of his talking points,buzz words and the news media hyping the “winning in all the polls”, “Trump breaks all the rules”, “Trump the GOP Insurgent”.
The three cable NEWS networks giving Trump BILLIONS of dollars in free media, guaranteed Trump would be winning in the polls, because it’s a RIGGED system.
Sadly, former US military “Soviet analysts”, who don’t recognize mass media INFORMATION WARFARE, even though mass media manipulation and totalitarian mass media control were part of their intelligence training, worry me more than Trump, quite frankly.
Mass media saturation is the military strategy of swarming juxtaposed to a mass media battlefield. It couples relentless repetition of talking points and buzz words and polling data to allow those political messages to control the 24/7 news cycle. This repetition manufactures opinion/information cascades and is a form mass brainwashing – hence Obama zombies sound very much like Trump’s 5th Avenue Loyalists. it preys on those easily led and Trump’s beloved “poorly educated”. This use of mass media is more at home in totalitarian regimes.
Scorched earth is the military strategy of scorched earth (a war crime under the Geneva Conventions btw) juxtaposed to a mass media battlefield, Scorched earth information warfare is a take no prisoners blitz of relentlessly repeated vicious character assassinations AND mass media saturation on steroids.
Mass media saturation strategy is a complex, sophisticated form of Information Warfare and to succeed it requires active collusion between the politcal operatives and the mass media, who knowingly facilitate the mass media saturation.
Sometimes I wonder if when the Soviet Union collapsed, good American national security protocols collapsed too…
Ahhh, yes, the “end of history” and all that….
One response to “Ahhh yes, the “end of history”…”
Posted another comment there:
susanholly • a few seconds ago
“Job two, after any election, is team building”
To build a team, one usually doesn’t start by waging scorched earth against the party (team) you hope to lead. You don’t come in and “burn the party to the ground”, that you hope to lead.
Smart leaders save “scorched earth” as a last line option, not as their preferred method of “winning”. Scorched earth tactics, such as Trump’s vicious ad hominem character assassinations assure only the most morally-bankrupt political hacks, liars and corrupt charlatans will be on “his team”, because people with a shred of decency walk away from such a vile, detestable “leader”.
Trump should be listed as exhibit A under the definition of TOXIC LEADERSHIP.