Well, this is odd.
After President Donald Trump’s decisive airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani — who has killed hundreds of Americans and plan to kill many more — a top psychiatrist stated that the commander-in-chief needs to be put in a mental health hold.
That’s right — not a voluntary break, but a forced break through the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Bandy X. Lee, professor of psychiatry at Yale and editor of the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” said that Pelosi hasn’t done enough to stop Trump.
“As a co-worker, [Pelosi] has the right to have him submit to an involuntary evaluation, but she has not,” Lee said, according to Salon. “I am beginning to believe that a mental health hold, which we have tried to avoid, will become inevitable.”
“This is exactly the kind of dangerous event we foresaw as Donald Trump’s response to the impeachment proceedings, just as his pulling troops from northern Syria was a direct response to the announcement of an impeachment inquiry,” Lee continued. “This was why more than 800 mental health professionals petitioned Congress to consult with us, since, without intervention, this kind of crisis was a matter of time, not just a possibility.”
She stated that Trump’s presidential actions against Iran were “exactly what someone who lacks mental capacity would do,” adding that “a 72-hour hold does not require court intervention and is enough for a solid evaluation.”
“In other words, he is extremely drawn to actions that would help him appear as if he has mental capacity, such as a ‘presidential strike’ against an enemy, while avoiding the proper procedures, such as briefing with Congress, that might expose his lack of capacity,” Lee said. “What we do not expect from someone who lacks mental capacity is rational, reality-based decision making that is non-impulsive, non-reckless, and cognizant of consequences.”
An interesting evaluation, indeed.
However, probably not an accurate diagnosis — especially in the wake of Iranian’s thanking Trump for taking out Soleimani, numerous defense officials approving the strike, veterans harmed by Iranian explosives celebrating the execution, and knowing now that Soleimani planned to kill many Americans very soon.
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