Lifelong Conservative Keeps Folder Labelled “Trump Stupidity File” On His Computer
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August 12, 2017
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(NATIONAL) -- More fascinating tales about the strange and goofy antics of arguably the dumbest, most incompetent and clueless Republican president in perhaps the history of the Republic.
Max Boot, a lifelong conservative who advised three Republican Presidential candidates on foreign policy, keeps a folder labelled “Trump Stupidity File” on his computer.
And that folder is right next to his “Trump Lies” file.
“Not sure which is larger at this point,” he told a New Yorker writer recently. “It’s neck-and-neck.”
Six months into the Trump era, foreign-policy officials from eight past Administrations told New Yorker writer Robin Wright they "are aghast" that President Trump is still so witless about the world. “He seems as clueless today as he was on January 20th,” Boot, who is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said. Trump’s painful public gaffes, they warn, indicate that he’s not reading, retaining, or listening to his Presidential briefings. And the newbie excuse no longer flies."
And it gets better. Here's a brief sampler from the New Yorker piece published last week that you'll find here .
It should be considered required reading for every American who wishes to understand how off the wall, out in space (as in "outer space") and possibly dangerous this Republican President and his Republican controlled Congress are:
.......“Trump has an appalling ignorance of the current world, of history, of previous American engagement, of what former Presidents thought and did,” Geoffrey Kemp, who worked at the Pentagon during the Ford Administration and at the National Security Council during the Reagan Administration, reflected. “He has an almost studious rejection of the type of in-depth knowledge that virtually all of his predecessors eventually gained or had views on.”
.......Republicans—who are historically ambitious on foreign policy—are particularly pained by the President’s missteps and misstatements. So are former senior intelligence officials who have avoided publicly criticizing Presidents until now.
.......“The President has little understanding of the context”—of what’s happening in the world—“and even less interest in hearing the people who want to deliver it,” Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general and former director of both the C.I.A. and the National Security Agency, told me. “He’s impatient, decision-oriented, and prone to action. It’s all about the present tense. When he asks, ‘What the hell’s going on in Iraq?’ people around him have learned not to say, ‘Well, in 632 . . . ’ ” (That was the year when the Prophet Muhammad died, prompting the beginning of the Sunni-Shiite split.*)
“He just doesn’t have an interest in the world,” Hayden said.
It's priceless stuff and scary as hell for what it might portend for the future of this nation. You really should read it.
Then take a tranquilizer and an aspirin and call us in the morning.
Update: Horror genre master Stephen King calls for Trump's removal from office. See his tweet above.