If Emperor Trump wanted to create some kind of Reichstag fire excuse for declaring a national emergency, if you know what I mean, he couldn't do better than declaring that the Palestinian peace process is dead and that from the US point of view Israel is basically all the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. I'm not saying that's what he did—I don't think it is at all what he did—but I'll bet at some point as Mattis and Tillerson were trying to talk him down from his decision to proclaim his intention of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, one of them said it would provoke terrorist incidents, possibly even inside the US, and he made one of those dumb macho responses to the effect that we can't let the terrorists tell us what to do.
As I've said before, the object of these people is never to prevent bad things happening but to dramatize the difference between the Good, us, and the Evil, them.
It's weird, though, that when a terrorist incident shows up on schedule—damnfool Bangladeshi tries to blow himself up as an improvised explosive device in the basement of the New York Port Authority Bus Station at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street across the street for the New York Times building at 7:20 a.m., gives himself and a couple of bystanders nasty burns and messes up the Monday morning commuter traffic something terrible, I'm so glad it was nothing worse so far—Trump isn't thinking about it at all; he's been hunkered down in his bedroom since yesterday afternoon obsessing over the injustice of The New York Times:
Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them. Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed...a stain on America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2017
He has no time to think about terrorism. CNN (to which he's no doubt glued) is failing to denounce all the Fake News they've been broadcasting all week! Maggie Haberman has accused him of hate-watching Don Lemon! That's a national emergency!Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017
And then the thing that's really been bothering him, which he won't mention for any money: the trio of women he's mauled and pussy-grabbed, telling their stories on NBC early this morning and all over the air at the Brave New Films news conference, as I type.
(And a Fox News poll says Doug Jones is ten points up over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race!)