On P&P I’m always talking about politics and history through fictional characters, but rarely do I ever get to talk about politics as myself. That’s why I’m starting a new series called We Need to Talk, where I candidly share my views about the madness that is US politics and foreign relations.
To kick off the first post of the series, I want to talk about how Trump creates and abuses crisises so that he can play the hero.
One fleeting story idea I had starts with Germany and America talking together during the Cold War. The situation–as far as I can remember–between East Berlin and West Berlin was getting dire and America presses upon Germany that this isn’t something he can handle alone, that he needs America’s help. Germany knows this, but is begrudging; he accuses America of creating problems just so he can go in, fix them, and walk away a hero. That criticism still holds up today.