Trump: American Xenophon

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Seeing that Trump fired New York Southern District¹ prosecutor Bharara today, it reminded me of the campaigns of Xenophon and one incident in particular. 


Round about the year five double ought B.C., a Greek general named Xenophon was engaged in a mercenary campaign in the service of Cyrus the Great against neerdowells of both Persia and Greece. Xen had occasion to march by a farmhouse where a strapping young lad was working in the field. He stopped, got off his horse, and called the owner. 


That man. I want him for my army. The farmer looked at his son and demurred.


General that is my only son. I am afraid that if you take him to war he may be killed in battle, and then I would have no one to tend my fields.


I understand. Bring him to me. The farmer brought his son to Xenophon who promptly produced a broadsword and cleaved the young man in two. There. Now you don't have to worry about him dying in battle. Xenophon resat his mount and his army marched on.


Is there a moral to this tale? I suppose there is. When a leader is trying to achieve a specific goal those whose objectives stand in the way of that goal are a nuisance. When you are trying to lead a great state you can't have that.




1. I confess to having a special fondness for the Southern District Prosecutor's Office. It's where Giuliani came from. These guys are like pit bulls. Once they sink their teeth into a case, they don't turn loose until they get a conviction. Must be something in the water.


Bill H. Added Mar 11, 2017 - 5:54pm
I suspect that he fired all of the 46 attorneys because he knew that some of them would be appointed to a committee that will conducted the investigation into either his doings with Russia, the alleged "wiretapping by Obama", or both.
He probably thinks that he can appoint his own and somehow accomplish a "friendlier" investigation, possibly without having his tax returns subpoenaed.
This is a last-ditch effort to avoid the final sinking of his ship.
The Other Side Added Mar 11, 2017 - 6:06pm
<Chuckle> Well, your obviously biased. That's OK. So am I. 
"the alleged "wiretapping by Obama""
Yeah that was a stretch. I wish Trump hadn't pushed that line of argumentation. But, that said, if it turns out to be true...Whoa Daddy.
I don't see any final ship sinking here. I think he's going to have a very successful Presidency. But great minds can differ.