U.S. president Donald J. (J. stands for "Jackass," apparently) Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear annihilation, a threat seconded by his "Defense" (War) Secretary, former general James "Mad Dog" Mattis (the nickname was bestowed by his military colleagues on the bloodthirsty Mattis, who has opined that he enjoys killing), if NK makes any more bellicose threats against the U.S., and what happens? North Korea makes new threats. And now, a specific threat to launch a practice attack near the Pacific island of Guam, U.S. territory with U.S. military bases, with four missiles, in preparation for a nuclear strike.
So today Trump took another break from his golfing vacation to announce that what he said might not have been "tough enough." U.S. media are calling this, as is their habit when Trump amplifies one of his outre statements instead of backing and filling, "doubling down." Doubling down is a gambling term that means piling more money on a bet. (Usually a bad bet.)
Trump is a creature of habit, and an ignorant man. Since he has always surrounded himself with sycophants, he remains unaware of just how ignorant he is. He bathes his psyche in his own egotism, convincing himself that he is brilliant. Inside this apparently impenetrable psychological bubble, his self-regard is reinforced by the flattery of his courtiers. (Recall the recent sick show where the world was treated to the sight of his cabinet, the top U.S. government officials, going around the table lauding Trump! The political decadence of the U.S. on display for all to see, who have eyes.) Not just egotism, but egoism too, the feeling that one is at the center of the world, is a chronic condition Trump has.
One of Trump's lifelong habits is using bullying and intimidation to get his way. And with no self-awareness or self-reflection (no one could act the way Trump habitually does, and we have years of video evidence of his grotesquely flamboyant and inappropriate behavior, unless they lacked self-awareness) and existing in the bubble of his self-delusion of personal greatness, he simply does what he always does. So he threatened nuclear annihilation of another country to intimidate it. Only it didn't work.
But Trump never learns from his mistakes. He merely does more of the same, or retreats and focuses his attention elsewhere when his stock existential reactions to obstacles fail to produce the results he seeks.
By the way, why don't Trump's enemies in the power structure (media, politicians, and secret police) ever use the word "incompetent" in their attacks on him? Seems pretty obvious that he is.
Maybe competence is besides the point for them. The incompetence of Reagan and Bush the Younger didn't much bother them. As long as the Emperor goes along with the imperialist program, no problem. The system runs itself. The problem is when the Emperor isn't on the same page, as with Trump's alleged friendly attitude towards Designated Enemy Russia, ruled by the Demonic Putin. (Or in JFK's case, "dangerous softness" towards "Communism.")
Which should make people who think Bernie Sanders could have saved us rethink the idea that just electing a "good" president is the solution. Sanders would have been tied into knots by the power structure, had he become president. The system walls off positions that temporarily fall into "unreliable" hands. Even the top position.