We live in a world where Kellyanne Conway has been named as the person to stop America's opioid crisis. These are strange times.
Someone should tell the president that you can't just lie away a real crisis such as this and pretend it doesn't exist. Ms. Conway, like her boss, is a habitual liar. But beyond the lying, she is clearly out of her league as recent press reports show.
"White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day. The main response so far has been to call for a border wall and to promise a "just say no” campaign.The Office of National Drug Control Policy has been without a permanent director since the president's first nominee for that position, Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino, withdrew from consideration in light of history of zealous advocacy for legislation friendly to narcotics manufacturers. As a result, the ONDCP was briefly led by a 24-year-old former campaign staffer who lied on his résumé about the length of time he served as vice president of his college fraternity—a distinction that makes him the least-qualified person to hold a White House job who did not marry one of the president's children.
Conway, for some reason, has stepped into this void, steering the administration's opioid response strategy with the help of a "skeleton crew" of political appointees who possess no relevant experience."
The irony of all this is that the people most affected by this particular drug problem are your typical trump voters. If the administration is treating the problem that affects them most in such a way, how do you think that they will treat the rest of us with problems that are unique to our communities?
And finally, this scary bit of news:
The spokesman described the planning process as being in its "infancy."
In response to the news, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump had asked the Defense Department to "explore" the idea.
"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation," Sanders said.
The Washington Post first reported Trump told top Pentagon brass last month he wants a Military Parade
"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France," a military official told the paper. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military."
Trump's meeting with senior military leaders last month included Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Trump was French President Emmanuel Macron's guest on Bastille Day last year, and later called the French military parade he witnessed "one of the greatest parades" he had ever seen.
He said last September in a conversation with Macron that when he came back from France he wanted a military parade on the Fourth of July in Washington.
Trump's call for a military parade might be hitting a few snags. The Post said shipping tanks and military hardware into Washington could cost millions of dollars, and that military officials said they were unsure how to pay for it.
After the Gulf War in 1991, the US put on a victory celebration replete with servicemembers and military gear.
Outside of France, authoritarian nations the world over have made massive displays of military power a mainstay of their public celebrations." [Source]
Do you know which other countries have large military parades? Think Russia, North Korea and China.
*Pics from twitter.com