The present US presidential campaign process is just awful. The Borgist MSM clearly have the idea that they can shape public perception to force outcomes that they prefer. At times their efforts reach levels of absurdities that are truly "impressive"
A couple of nights ago Bully Badger Chris Matthews raged on against Donald Trump (another ass) for an hour in a staccato stream of questions doubtless intended to elicit some sort of politically embarrassing response that could then become the meme in yet another MSM attempt to destroy Trump.
This succeeded. He managed to get Trump to say several things that could be repeated over and over until they become psychological "truth" for the masses. He tricked Trump into saying that if abortion were a crime, then women who voluntarily aborted should be punished. Once trump accepted that idea then Matthews and all the other gleeful press creeps commenced the endless repetition of the meme that Trump wants to imprison women who have abortions. This will damage Trump's position with flyover country white women as it was intended to do.
This journalistic malpractice was even more fully developed in Bully Badger Chris Matthews' enticements over the issue of nuclear weapons. He managed to back Trump into a corner in which Trump said that he would not wish to use nuclear weapons in Europe but would not "take any capabilities off the table." Oh my God! Trump wants to introduce nuclear weapons to Europe! Who but a madman would want to do such a thing?
Well, pilgrims, throughout the Cold War it was anticipated that in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion across the line between NATO and the WP, NATO's conventional forces would fight as long as they could against WP invasion and then if defeat became inevitable, the response to break the assault would be – wait for it – NUCLEAR WEAPONS. The USSR understood that to be the case.
To make this capability real, US nuclear weapons were stored under secured US only custody far and wide across the countries of the NATO alliance. Nuclear artillery shells, air-delivered nuclear bombs and nuclear weapons mounted on ballistic weapons were ever present, ready for use in large numbers.
The Pershing II ballistic missile was one such weapons system. It was brought into Europe to counter the introduction of the Soviet SS-20, an equivalent system.
Bully Boy Matthews knows all this. He knows that the use of nuclear weapons in extremis has long been anticipated and a matter of accomplished combined policy and planning in NATO.
Matthews is merely, and contemptibly, seeking to misinform the public. For him the political process is just a game in which his huge but fragile ego is at risk. pl