I admit it: I'd be a terrible president. You -- whoever you may be -- would probably also be a terrible president. Yet neither you nor I nor the randomly-chosen person who happens to live three streets away from you could possibly screw up THIS BADLY.
U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.
As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.
One of the three U.S. officials said on-the-ground surveillance of the compound was “minimal, at best.”
“The decision was made ... to leave it to the incoming administration, partly in the hope that more and better intelligence could be collected,” that official said.
And yes, I would use the same word if a Democrat had made the same deadly blunder. Unlike Robot Republicans, liberals feel free to criticize their own -- in fact, they do so aggressively.
Why aren't we hearing anything from the Republicans who screamed "Benghazi!!!" for years?
As for the Frederick Douglass gaffe: Trump being Trump, I would not have been surprised if he had said "You've done a heck of a job, Brownie."
By the way: The embedded video proves that I'm not the only one predicting Big Wedding II.
It's coming. It will happen. Trump needs it. The more he screws up, the more he needs it.
I just came across the Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG), an internal WH think tank staffed by Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, corporate heavyweight Christopher Liddell and Sebastian Gorka. It's basically a Breitbart alt-admin. The SIG is reportedly seeking to force overseas visitors to reveal their social media contacts before entering the US. They are likely behind the move to rebrand the program "Countering Violent Extremism" as "Countering Islamic Extremism." Breitbart writer Julia Hahn is joining the WH and will be working under Bannon. Add in speech writer Stephen Miller and it's a full Breitbart fascist takeover.
posted by peter : 3:31 PM
Let's not forget the Arab children and women civilians who were murdered in that Trump-ordered SEAL raid in Yemen. Medics at the scene say they numbered at least 10.
posted by b : 3:37 PM
You may remember that I said Trump was taking synthetic testosterone. Well,http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/317486-longtime-doctor-trump-takes-drug-to-promote-hair-growth AND http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/the-not-so-hard-truth-about-hair-loss-drugs-20121115
Let's not forget the arab men civilians either. Unless you're of the opinion that the American government is right in their claims that all fighting age men are terrorists.
Assuming they actually died. I seem to remeber this blog putting forward the idea that al-Awlaki and his son may have faked their deaths, and now the eight year old daughter has presumably followed them wherever they went.
You and I both know that a Democratic Prez would have been crucified for anything closely resembling the incompetence, arrogance and ignorance that the Trump cabal has demonstrated in the past 2 short weeks.
The tough talk to the Aussies or threat of sending the National Guard into Mexico? Don't worry about it, Trump says. We gotta get tough, the bad boy says. Because he knows more than the Generals. Remember???
Btw, this is 'not' a Muslim ban. Repeat after me: this is 'not' a Muslim ban. Once again: this is 'not' a Muslim ban.
See. I feel better already.
As for the Yemen action that went bad, very bad? It was in the pipeline before Obama left, so once again the Trumpster and his acolytes shirk off responsibility and/or call the action 'a great success.' Kelly Ann Conway assured everyone that opinion to the contrary is mere hysteria from Donny-boy's detractors. Who do you believe? Kelly Ann or your lying ears and eyes?
As for reality checks? We are wa-a-ay into magical thinking. There's a reason that Orwell is selling so well at the moment. May those sales go interstellar because we've seen and/or read about this movie/story/cautionary tale before.
Not pretty. Not even for the die-hards.
posted by Anonymous : 8:29 PM
Last I checked, Obama did pretty much the same thing a number of times — and, typically, was given a 'bye' by the media and representatives of both parties. The only real exceptions were occasional instances of above-average civilian by-catch, which would trigger condemnation from the left... subsequently ignored by everyone else.
Initial reports claimed the only reason the raid was left until the new administration was the need for a new moon. Of course, that undercuts claims it was planned 'months ago.' Still, when one of the guys responsible for conducting and vetting intelligence blames [anonymously, of course] the mission's failure on the administration having approved it based on shoddy intelligence -- well, you just have to wonder, don't you?