For once, that quote from our beloved leader may be right on the nail. Only, I don’t think it will be what he thinks it will. He made that comment talking about Susan Rice, but I think it will be more about his incompetence than anything else.
Let me start here by explaining why all of the hoopla he is trying to place on Rice is a false narrative. He is trying to make you believe that if Susan Rice requested redacted names be released to her is the same as leaking the information. He is telling you in reality that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I will try to explain the process as best I can. It works like this. Several people who are cleared receive intelligence reports about FISA warrants,. When they get the report any U.S. citizen caught up in the warrant has their name redacted in the report. If that person reads something that is disturbing, they can request the name of that person to better analyze what took place.
Once that request is made, it goes through a thorough process to determine if giving the name is necessary. The person making the request is not involved in the process. The National Security Agency has the final say so if the name will be given to the person requesting it. It must also go through the intelligence agency who collected the information in the first place.
If it is decided that the name can be released to the person requested, that person cannot share that information with anyone else. Except, maybe the President if necessary.
Secondly, a recipient of these reports, cannot request the reports of all incidents of a U.S. citizen being incidentally surveilled. The reports are filed under the name of the person on the FISA warrant, not the people they are talking to. So, the idea that anyone could ‘request” all reports dealing with a certain U.S. citizen is bogus.
One of the people who receive these reports on a daily basis is the National Security Advisor. It is simply a matter of that person doing their job if they feel they need the name of a redacted person. So, this idiocy over Rice is nothing but a political game being played by conservatives.
But, let’s get back to the quote. We are sitting on the edge of two major international crises. One is in North Korea where their version of trump is planning to go nuclear in the real sense. And, the other is in Syria where the dictator has heard trump say he is safe from us.
Beloved leader has made a lot of political statements about these two problems, but he has yet to say anything about what he might do about them. He has blustered and threatened with his infamous quote of “all options are on the table”.
That is one of the most ridiculous statements that can be made by a leader of any country. Syria has used gas in attacking the rebels about 5 – 9 times since trump has taken office. This is the first time he has even recognized the attack. And, since he loves Putin so much, it is doubtful he will do anything without Putin’s permission.
You must also take into consideration that trump has said over and over for at least four years now, that “Syria is not our problem. We need to let Russia and Iran settle the problem there”. Now he claims to have had “a change of heart”.
We also have to look at what he did yesterday with the National Security Council. He relieved Steve Bannon from his permanent seat on the NSC Policy committee. The thing that struck me most about this move is the feeble excuse for the move given by the White House.
The White House said that Bannon was on the council to “keep an eye on Michael Flynn”. Now that Flynn is gone he isn’t needed there anymore. That only shows the American People that trump’s judgement of people is absolutely horrible. How in the hell can a president name someone his National Security Advisor and then have to put someone on the council in order to “keep an eye” on him. That fact would tell any sane person that the nominee isn’t qualified to be the National Security Advisor in the first place.
To put in in terms trump might understand, that would be like naming someone the CFO of a major corporation, and then having to hire someone else just to make sure the CFO doesn’t try any embezzlement against the company. It would be stupid business practice, and it is dangerous when it comes to national security.
The executive branch has over 500 positions that need Senate approval. So far, trump has not even named a nominee for 512 of those position. At least 38 of those positions are in the State Department. These positions lead departments that are supposed to feed information to the president on international issues that he needs to make informed decision. Beloved leader, by his own incompetence of not filling these positions, is not getting the information he needs at this critical time.
This week he sent his son-in-law to meet with Kurdish leaders in Iraq. He did not send anyone with any real experience in the area to help advise him. Kushner’s main sidekick on this trip was “trump’s private body-guard”. And, he wasn’t there as a body-guard, he was sitting at the table with the Kurdish leaders.
I can only imagine what the Kurds thought of their counterparts at the meeting. In one picture, you can see one of the Kurds staring at the body-guard and it is clear to me that he isn’t impressed with him.
Today beloved leader is supposed to meet with the President of China Xi Jinping. He says that he will have frank discussions with him about North Korea. We have been told by trump that “if China doesn’t do something about North Korea, we will”.
That can only be taken by China as a warning that trump will start a war on the Korean Peninsula. My question is who is going to attend this “meeting” with the Chinese and trump? You can bet that Kushner will be there. But, who else is going to be there? Especially who will be there that actually has experience dealing with China and knows something about the whole situation there and in North Korea? Are we gong to be led by an incompetent leader with inexperienced advisors?
We have a president who has no experience in governing. He promised the American People that he would “hire the smartest and best people available” to help him. Instead, he has hired incompetent people with no experience in governing or international affairs.
Let’s be honest, being the head of a major oil company and bribing country leaders to get contracts to take the oil out of their country does not give you “international experience” that is required to be Secretary of State. But, that was trump’s best pick for the job.
Whenever we have a change in Presidents, we get tested by our adversaries. We are being tested right now, and I am sorry, but I have very little confidence in our beloved leader to make the right moves.
These tests come now because our adversaries know just how incompetent our beloved leader is. They know that he has bashed NATO and our closest allies. They know that he refused to shake the hand of the German Leader, but glad handed the dictator of Egypt. They know that trump has weakened our national security like no other president before him.
They figure that now is the time to strike. North Korea is blustering like a real country. Although they are an enigma, they are nonetheless dangerous. The capital of South Korea is in range of North Korean artillery. We have thousand of our own troops stationed in South Korea. This area has always been a powder keg waiting to explode. Making the wrong moves right now will touch off that powder keg.
If trump cannot get China to realize they are in the same boat as we are when it comes to North Korea, that could mean not only a war with North Korea, but also a war with China, North Korea’s only real ally. We need someone in those meetings with Jinping who understands this simple fact, and keep beloved leader from leading us to a war that could be devastating.
Syria is testing us mainly because trump gave him the green light to behave as he wishes. There is no accident in the timing of the chemical attack the other day when you consider the “hands off” policy trump has been following for several years. And, especially when his Secretary of State and UN Ambassador said we would not do anything to overthrow Assad.
Once Assad heard those words, again, he figured now was the time to strike. Republicans are showing confusion as to why Assad would choose now to use his chemical weapons that Russia assured us were removed. They claim that using chemical weapons is the behavior of someone losing and Assad is not losing.
Using chemical weapons is also a tactic used by a dictator to eliminate his opposition. Even if you are currently winning, you need to make sure you totally eliminate the opposition so they cannot regroup at a later date. That is why he is using chemical weapons now. That and the fact that trump has said we won’t overthrow him.
But, again like with North Korea, we need to understand the real dangers. If trump shoots from the hip and attacks Assad, there are real dangers there too. Both Russia and Iran have troops inside of Syria. Only, contrary to what beloved leader is telling us, they are not fighting ISIS, they are fighting the rebels fighting against Assad. So, if we start bombing and kill Russian or Iranian soldiers, what will they do? If you think they will sit back and let it happen, you are very badly mistaken.
The next few days or weeks are going to be almost frightening to watch. Our incompetent president is being placed on the world stage and everyone will be watching how he will respond to these incidents.
This is the time that we need a president who is willing to learn his job, listen to real advisors who know what they are talking about, and be able to talk to and negotiate with our adversaries. Diplomacy at the end of a gun is not the answer.
Instead, we have a president who is too worried about tweeting unproven accusations against those he considers his political enemies. Instead, we have a president who relies on the advise of people with absolutely no experience dealing with hostile countries. Instead, we have a president wo gives a speech using political rhetoric instead of defined policies.
Every time trump speaks about international affairs, the entire world, friends and enemies alike, scratch their heads and wonder what the hell he is talking about. That is not what we need right now. We need sober, intelligent, clear thinkers who understand the full complexities of these situations. Instead, we have a spoiled brat as our leader who thinks that giving a campaign speech is policy setting.
So, he was right when he said “I think this is going to be the biggest story”. When facing real crises, incompetence is the biggest story. If it wasn’t so serious, I would find it very humorous when Republicans say “he is going to lead us where he wants the country to go.” Because, he has no clue where he wants the country to go, because he has never thought about the country, only himself. Is it any wonder his approval rating has hit a whopping 35 percent? But, at least his numbers are higher than Bannon’s and Spicer’s. So, he still leads the pack of his incompetent administration.
Beloved leader has said that he believes in “enhanced interrogation” or torture. He keeps proving that belief. Every day under his administration has been pure torture for the American People.