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The “Mouse That Roared” was a 1955 satirical Cold War novel that became a movie (starring Peter Sellers) in 1959.
The basic story is that the fictional country of Duchy of Grand Fenwick had ONE export, Pinot Grand Fenwick wine. When a California company successfully produced a clone of the wine, the country faced financial ruin.
Having witnessed the salvation of Germany after WWII by the United States, the prime minister decides that their only salvation is to declare war on the United States. Improbably, their tiny invasion force landed in a New York City that was deserted due to a citywide disaster drill, which allowed the invaders to achieve victory AND capture the Quantum Bomb, the most powerful bomb in the world. Ultimately, the tiny duchy was recognized by many of the world’s powers, and gained control over all the nuclear weapons in the world.
Believe it or not, there a couple of modern counterparts to this crazy story.
The first story involves a tiny country in the South Pacific called Nauru, which derived its entire economy from ONE product (phosphate) that resulted from thousands of years of bird shit falling on the country. When the phosphate ran out, they then became a money laundering capital for the Russian mafia.
The second involves Donald Trump.
If you have read “Fire and Fury” you have discovered that Donald Trump did not actually want to win the presidency, and was not prepared to do so. His REAL purpose in running was to boost the profits of his business, and the businesses of his family members.
It’s a well-known fact that Trump has long had connections with the New York mafia, and he also has long had connections to a variety of Russians, some of whom own apartments in Trump Tower:
Not long ago, Trump’s son-in-law managed to salvage his property at 666 Fifth Avenue by extorting $1 billion from the Qatari government. In addition, the Trump organization just received a $500 million loan for a project in Indonesia from the Chinese government. The loan happened not long after Trump publicly stepped forward recently to protect a Chinese phone maker named ZTE.
On top of that, his daughter Ivanka just got approval from the Chinese government for 13 more trademarks.
The mouse may have achieved salvation years ago quite by accident, but the rat in the White House, due to numerous cheesy business deals, has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.