Trump couldn’t last but 18 minutes for a scheduled 30 minute speech Saturday, but he’s now the Taliban’s favorite son in the 2020 election.
Trump trying to appeal to a Clark Kent / Superman meme reveals his infantile amusement with his cult doing socialist realism images of “Trump the strongman” as literal. And he got a Central Asian endorsement from the Taliban, shades of 2001.
The comic-book hero Superman, when Jerome “Jerry” Siegel first created him, was originally a villain modeled on Nietzsche's idea (see “The Reign of the Superman“). He was re-invented as a hero by his eventual designer, Joseph “Joe” Shuster, after which he bore little resemblance to the previous character. However, Superman does find an adversary in the mold of the Nietzschean Übermensch in the recurring arch-villain Lex Luthor, his greatest enemy on Earth. Luthor is preceded, even, by a supervillain resembling Siegel's original concept for Superman bearing the synonymous name “Ultra-Humanite“.
You don't tug on Superman's cape You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim — Jim Croce
“This evening I am happy to report that in addition to the President meeting the CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning’s COVID PCR sample demonstrates, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others,” physician Sean Conley wrote in a memo released by the White House.
The memo does not state that Trump has tested negative for the virus, but provides some cover for the president as he resumes holding public gatherings and speaking to supporters.
“Trump might be ridiculous for the rest of the world, but he is (a) sane and wise man for the Taliban,” a Senior Taliban member told @Samiyousafzai of hope for a Trump 2020 win.
— Mujib Mashal (@MujMash) October 10, 2020
This week, President Trump said all troops should be “home by Christmas,” although it is unclear if that is actually expected to happen or if he was simply reiterating his position on wanting to bring troops home.
“We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas,” he tweeted.
That timeline is at odds with the advice of U.S. military commanders, who do not believe it is safe to reduce troop levels below 4,500 unless the Taliban breaks with al Qaeda and reduces the level of violence. It is also unclear how it will affect talks peace between the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Qatar.
Civilians continue to be caught up in ongoing violence in Afghanistan, many in Taliban attacks. From January 1 to June 30 this year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 2,176 civilian injuries and 1,282 civilian deaths due to the conflict.