The real problem with lying is that you have to keep track of your lies. Otherwise they become a blur and you get confused about what lies you told, and which lies come together for a full story.
Our president-elect should know this better than anyone. Yet, he has a problem. He lies so much he can’t keep track of what lies he has told and how they mesh together.
Last week he said that we was going to meet with Intelligence Officials this week. Then, he said that he “had information about Russia hacking our elections that no one else had.” He then promised to let us know what that information was either Yesterday or Today.
I guess he got the two statements mixed up. Because yesterday he tweeted that the Intelligence Briefing he said would be “this week” was “delayed” until Friday. While he was tweeting this, the Director of Homeland Security and the FBI were getting ready to fly to New York on Friday to brief him on the intelligence that shows Russia was the guilty party.
His tweet actually read:
The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
In the meantime, he has not yet released the “information I have no one else has” to the public like he promised. I guess he got confused, again, and is looking to divert his promise to release his own information.
Besides, if he has information no one else has, where did he get it? If he hasn’t seen the intelligence reports about the hacking, and hasn’t attended any briefings about the hack, how can he have any information? Unless he got it from Putin.
I am sure that the entire world will believe what Putin has to say about the issue. I am certain that Putin will look Trump in the eye and say “I don’t know anything about it” and Trump will believe him. No one else in the world will believe him, but Trump will.
There are two things about this president-elect that I find interesting. The first is his constant pounding of the very intelligence agencies he is going to head up. Oh, yes, he keeps bringing up the “weapons of mass destruction” lie that got us into the Iraq war as his evidence, but you have to remember, it wasn’t the CIA saying that to the world, it was the Bush Administration, mostly Dick Cheney.
It is the job of the intelligence agencies to gather the information and present it to the President. It is up to the President how to use that information, and whether or not to lie about it. If you are itching for a war, you lie about it.
And, if Trump is such an expert in cyber security, why does he always tell us his 10 year-old son knows more about computers than he does? That tells me that he doesn’t know anything about computers and probably uses his 10 year-old son to operate his remote control for his television because he can’t figure that out either.
The second thing that bothers me is his love affair with Putin and Russia. In my 66 years of living, I have never seen an American president fall in love with a country that is considered as our “enemy” as Trump has with Russia.
Russia is run by the former head of the KGB. In case Trump has forgotten, the KGB was the major spy agency for the former Soviet Union. He made a living trying to destroy us. What makes Trump think he has had a change of heart now?
If Putin and Russia were charged in a U.S. Court for the crime of hacking, they would not need hire an attorney. Trump and his transition team are better “public defenders” for them than any attorney could be.
No matter how you slice it, Trump can’t keep his lies in order. He tweets so much he forgets what he said before. He was willing to lie his way into the White House, and he is apparently willing to keep lying no matter what.
I am a progressive person. I am a 20 year veteran. I don’t like war unless it is absolutely necessary. But, I do know that we need our intelligence agencies. They need to be watched so they don’t abuse their powers, but they are needed. And, if the information they present is not what you want to hear, it doesn’t make it wrong.
There are rogues in every agency. However, the vast majority of people who work in our intelligence agencies only look for the facts and tell like it is. They do not sugar coat the message to appease an administration. If Trump wants to hear only what he wants to hear, then he is interested in having a KGB instead of a CIA or NSA.
Somehow I cannot imagine what it is like to go through life lying every single day. Maybe the lessons I learned about integrity are too deep for me to even try to lie so much. It seems very easy to Trump.
Whenever something good happens it is all because of Trump. Whenever something bad happens it is always some else’s fault. His inauguration is sixteen days away, and we still don’t know how he plans to divest all of his holdings so there is no conflict of interest. That is if he even will attempt to divest himself.
We were supposed to learn that last month. We still don’t know when he will tell us. Yes, he announced a press conference for January 11, but he never said what it will entail.
My suggestion to Donald Trump is if you are going to continue to lie to the American people, have at least enough smarts to reread your tweets for the previous week so you can keep your lies together.
Imagine, this clown is going to lead our country and be given highly classified material in order to do his job. Now that is scary.