Where does one begin? So many layers, so much irony, such glorious timing. DJT’s mentor and role model has been identified: Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov or, if you’re a purist, Сапармырат Атаевич Ныязов. Sap, as his close friends and family affectionately tag him (I’m almost totally, certainly sure of this!), is the President for Life of Turkmenistan and a dog lover! His official moniker — hang on a minute while I make word pro space — ‘His Excellency Saparmurat Türkmenbaşy, President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers’.
Nov. 10th saw Sap unveil a solid gold statue of a much cherished companion, an Alabai shepherd dog — and a bookend to the statue (also gold) of himself which, rotates throughout the day to face the sun. And to put this in context, the average annual earnings is about 25K (CD$) — with the last attempted assassination being 2002.
As the certainty of a ‘post-Trump’ era inches toward the start line, it’s rumoured (‘we have very good proof of this happening from many people’) that, DJT has been facing the East. The window is closing. Time to plan a management strategy for the road forward is ticking down.
Putting (or ‘Putin-ing’) another autocrat in one’s ‘starred’ (☪’d) list of contacts is a great first step. Much of the ground work has been laid already. Sap and Vlad are established good buddies, lifelong appointments to political autocracy is the norm . . . and gold is a favoured colour (skin, dogs, hair. . .). An unconfirmed bit of gossip is that Sap cruised to his 1999 ‘coronation’ on the slogan: MTGA (Make Turkmenistan Great Again). There is the dog, no-dog issue — but that can be spun. And, of course, not having to worry about illegal voting practices, the fickleness of the electorate, 2024, media that are fake or disloyal or both, and the wasted time attached to firing one’s inner circle — when a bullet (or a bit of poison) would suffice — are all so appealing.