Friday, February 17, 2017

A Couple of Quick Op-Eds

Fareed Zakaria, whom spell check absolutely does not like. His piece talks a lot about the little that Trump has accomplished. This jumped, though.

According to The Post, of the 696 positions that require Senate confirmation, the president has yet to nominate 661 of them. 

Go to that link in the quote and see how empty it all is. Tillerson is an army of one at State.

And in case that's not bad enough, Michael Gerson.

In mid-January, after the appearance of some embarrassing material or another (it is hard to keep track), President-elect Trump tweeted: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

That charge has made escalation of the Trump/intelligence conflict difficult. What is the next step after the Nazi card?

More recently, President Trump has called leaks from the intelligence community “un-American” and “just like Russia.” It is difficult to imagine a set of attacks more likely to be galling to intelligence professionals, some of whom risk their lives with no prospect of credit, in one of the purer forms of patriotism.

Trump himself may soon be an army of one. Charles Pierce.

So the president loses Harward because he insists on the counsel of the guy who made propaganda movies about Sarah Palin? Gotcha. The president*'s managed to alienate the intelligence community and he's on his way to alienating the military all the way up to flag rank. 

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