It's been a week since John Oliver condemned Trump for dropping bombs in the Syria without first adopting a comprehensive strategy. Exactly one week later, Oliver's latest Last Week Tonight segment sounds eerily familiar. Trump has dropped yet another bomb — this time in Afghanistan — and some news commentators are praising the actions that could potentially destabilize the region and bring the United States closer to war. But not to fear, Oliver questions Trump's unpredictable foreign policy decisions, serving as what I see to be a voice of reason in frighteningly uncertain times.
Oliver opened Sunday's segment by noting all of the inconsistencies that Trump has displayed over the past week. He once called NATO obsolete, but has since changed his mind. Not to mention, he reversed his criticism of the export-import system. And, furthermore, he ceased calling China a currency manipulator right after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"The President seems to change his mind based on any information that is new to him, which seems to be almost any information. And that is genuinely worrying. We have a leader operating on a learner’s permit, and we were reminded just this week what our president has at his disposal," Oliver said.
He was referring to Trump's decision to drop the "Mother of All Bombs" on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan on Wednesday, a decision that, echoing Oliver's fears last week, doesn't appear to be part of a comprehensive strategy for negotiating peace in the Middle East. Rather, it seems to be a knee-jerk reaction that could have devastating consequences.
Oliver went on to question the fact that the U.S. military commander who approved the bombing reportedly didn't seek Trump's approval beforehand, noting that Trump seems to have placed a great amount of power and trust in his military commanders.
"You may think that’s good, you may think that’s bad. But I wouldn’t expect Trump to curb that power anytime soon because as we talked about last week, this is a man who responds to praise, and once again he’s being praised for this," Oliver said.
Last week, Oliver slammed MSNBC host Brian Williams for his sensationalist rhetoric about Trump's bombs in Syria, and this time it was FOX News host Geraldo Rivera's turn in the hot seat.
In an interview on Fox News, Rivera praised Trump's decision, somehow making a positive comparison between the President and Rivera's own high school bully Richie.
“Richie had a temper; Sometimes he’d want to kill you and sometimes he’d let you go. I like that they [ISIS] think that Donald Trump is like Richie from my high school."
If you thought Oliver was going to let a Fox News host get away with saying it's a good thing that the president of this country is acting like a teenage bully, you were wrong.
"This is why bullying never works," Oliver quipped. "If you have a bully in school, there's a good chance he's turning some kid into the next Geraldo Rivera. And if you have a bully in the White House, he does violent, impulsive things that seem to be inching us closer to ... nuclear war with North Korea."
Maybe next week the president will again reverse course and act less like a bully in the school yard. With Trump, you just never know. And Oliver would agree that that's definitely not a good thing.