16.             Los Angeles Times’ Opinion-Piece Overlap

On January 3, 2018, in response to the U.S. President’s tweet about his nuclear button being “bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s (an incident that CCN deemed “The nuclear war tweet heard ‘round the world”), a letter to the Los Angeles Times’ editor, from Leonard A. Zivitz, sermonized that “It’s time to take away Trump’s ‘nuclear button’”

Somewhat respecting that opinion, I refer readers to my exactly-one-year-earlier piece, of January 3, 2017, in Tikkun magazine’s blog. My article, about the need to return the power to declare war to Congress, was titled, “Considering DT’s Love of Professional Fighting, His Tough Talk of a New Arms Race Should Be Unsurprising—Especially to Cardinal Dolan.”

Below, I quote from that piece about the then President-elect. My article, also, partly regarded my request to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was to lead inaugural prayer, that he use his “enormous influence to make sure that Congress does not unconstitutionally continue to invest war-making powers in a president.”

From my article:

On December 23, 2016, after the President-elect’s comments about a new arms race, a surprised media spewed forth a firestorm. . . . While some report that the President-elect’s comments may have been taken out of context, nonetheless, such a development . . . should come as no surprise considering DT’s love of professional fighting and boxing . . . After all, and in the way that humans, as well as animals, chase after objects of desire, it is almost a no-brainer that any individual who likes to watch and promote fights, would be, were such a person in charge of a military, more likely to stir up trouble than an individual whose excitement was derived from more civilized pursuits. Moreover, and as a cohort of mine commented about my psychological assessment [of DT], such “might help explain why [the President-elect] supports the use of torture by the various police and surveillance forces of the United States.”

From the previous, readers should not at all conclude that I, the author, am against the concept of a justifiable war. Also . . . I am aware that the dreadful destruction of Aleppo may be largely the result of Obama’s lack of appropriate military action. However, I make the point that someone with a passion for fighting would be the type to jump the gun when it comes to the use of force. . . .

One of the people who should be the least surprised by the President-elect’s inflammatory remarks about a new arms race is Cardinal Timothy Dolan: in November, a week after the American presidential election, at the Catholic Archdiocese of NY headquarters, I had a few meetings . . . That day, to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s office, I relayed . . . concerns regarding the President-elect, such as his being a fan of professional fighting . . .

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