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Trump cannot be this stupid ... can he?   America - all of it

Started Jan-18 by BerrySteph; 232 views.
BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Jan-18

https://www.theroot.com/new-book-reveals-trump-s-a-bigger-dumber-asshole-than-1841062646
Photo: Win McNamee (Getty)

The US can't possibly be being governed by a guy this unfit - can it?

New Book Reveals Trump’s a Bigger, Dumber Asshole Than We Thought

2020 Jan 17th - When historians write about the 45th president, they will have to use photos and crayons or else the president himself won’t be able to read it. Because it turns out that the president of the United States, the man who 53 percent of white women voted into office, is about as smart as a second-grader who doesn’t read much.

"In A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America", Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonning paint the portrait of a president who doesn’t know what the fuck is going on.

He doesn’t understand basic geography, having told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “It’s not like you’ve got China on your border.”

He’s a president who has to be guided with props, maps and tutored with slideshows (which include a lot of dollar signs) to keep him from getting bored. He’s so uninformed that while he understands that the term “Pearl Harbor” is important, he has no idea why it’s important.

“Trump had heard the phrase ‘Pearl Harbor’ and appeared to understand that he was visiting the scene of a historic battle, but he did not seem to know much else,” write the authors, later quoting a former senior White House adviser who concludes: “He was at times dangerously uninformed.”

At 417 pages, A Very Stable Genius explores Trump’s disastrous first three years in office and includes such hits as “What the fuck am I doing?” and “When can I meet Putin?” Even the title of the book is a narcissistic noodle from Trump’s own mouth, as he literally called himself a very stable genius.

Early in his administration, for instance, Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin—so much so, the authors write, “that during the transition he interrupts an interview with one of his secretary of state candidates” to inquire about his pressing desire: “When can I meet Putin? Can I meet with him before the inaugural ceremony?” he asks.

After the two leaders meet face-to-face for the first time—168 days into his presidency at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg—Trump promptly declares himself a Russia expert, dismissing the expertise of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had worked closely with Putin since the 1990s, when Tillerson was working his way up the ExxonMobil corporate ladder and doing business with Russia.

“Tillerson’s years of negotiating with Putin and studying his moves on the chessboard were suddenly irrelevant,” the duo writes. “ ‘I have had a two-hour meeting with Putin,’ Trump told Tillerson. ‘That’s all I need to know. . . . I’ve sized it all up. I’ve got it.’ ”

... Trump reportedly wanted to get rid of the “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law ... “It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas,” Trump says, according to the book. “We’re going to change that.”

Wait, an American president wants to change laws to allow for bribery...No! This can’t be.

... I think this really sums it up:

Early in his presidency, Trump agrees to participate in an HBO documentary that features judges and lawmakers—as well as all the living presidents—reading aloud from the Constitution. But Trump struggles and stumbles over the text, blaming others in the room for his mistakes and griping, “It’s like a foreign language.”

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Jan-19

I'll keep an eye out for that one.

Is it released yet?

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Jan-19

I think the book "A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America" (Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonning savage a president who doesn’t know what the fuck is going on) has just come out.

I confess, I won't bother reading it - far more significant are books such as Ron Bergman's  "Rise and Kill First" 2018 - the Mossad's own account of some 2,700 assassination plots just since 1948. While some failed, others had large numbers of victims, mostly completely innocent.

Speaking of books, James Bamford authored two great ones on the NSA (National Security Agency) of the US. He's clearly brave and forthright and very trusted:

"Body of secrets: anatomy of the ultra-secret National Security Agency: from the Cold War through the dawn of a new century" by James Bamford, Doubleday 2001 devotes a detailed chapter to the USS Liberty incident, and concludes it was deliberate. 

... Like a breath of fresh air, investigative journalist James Bamford took his turn at the podium. He gave a concise account of the "planned and deliberate" attack on the Liberty and the subsequent cover-up, comparing it to Iran-Contra and other scandals Bamford has investigated over the years. "I wouldn't be in business if the government didn't cover things up," he said.

An earlier book "The Puzzle Palace" by James Bamford, Penguin Books, 1982, ("award-winning national bestseller when it was first published and now regarded as a classic")has a detailed description of the Israeli attack on the SIGINT ship USS Liberty, and the events leading up to it, on pages 279-293.

But I'm not looking at his analysis, I'm puzzled by a slightly different angle - two people really put their reputations on the line for Israel over the USS Liberty. One is a stupid old buffer, AJ Cristol with a book he handed out for free in 10s of 1000s - then spiked himself here - http://www.danielpipes.org/ comments/205330

The other is Michael Oren, acclaimed author (ie hasbarist) and "ambassador to the United States (2009–2013) .. and  former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.[3][4]"

... The July 23 2001 issue of The New Republic includes a blistering attack on James Bamford's recent account of the Liberty incident by an Israeli scholar Michael Oren. Oren is presently writing a book on the Six Day War.

If Oren is right, Bamford committed astounding errors in research, and some of Oren's most damaging evidence comes from Bamford's most important sources. I doubt this will be the last word, but anyone interested in the tragedy should check this one out. https://fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/2001/07/071701.html ...

Now, James Bamford writes - with much more detail - that:

... Mr. Aftergood's piece was a model of poor reporting ... comes from someone who has spent ... piously chastising reporters from The New York Times and other publications for their reporting.

For example, Aftergood never bothered to call me - the subject of his attack - for any comment prior to publication. This despite the fact that we are both located in Washington and have spoken many times both in person and on the phone. This violates the most basic rule of journalism.

... Where Aftergood relied on Oren's selective view of Israeli history, I relied on such news organization as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Jewish Telegraph Agency, and many other respected press organs both in the U.S. and Israel. http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/bamford.html

Burrowing downwards, I find this:

... These and other disputed points in Bamford's account are presented in a fierce critique by Michael Oren in the latest issue of The New Republic ("Unfriendly Fire," 23 July 2001). That article is not available online [ed - !!!] but an earlier article by Oren entitled "The U.S.S. Liberty: Case Closed" appeared in the Israeli neoconservative journal Azure (Spring 2000) and may be found here: http://www.shalem.org.il/azure/9-Oren.htm [ed - DEAD LINK]

Isn't that strange, two very important 2001 articles by Michael Oren attacking James Bamford and defending Israel over the USS LIberty gone entirely missing? (Note - Michael Oren is author of, among other things, the definitive version of the Six Day War - https://pdfs.semanticscholar. org/8602/f790ef36144421c4d 2b10573ef7e8dc8a8f2.pdf - which he is obviously proud to put on line in its entirety).

Well, it turns out that, a few years later, Michael Oren does defend the Israeli position on the USS Liberty here - https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/quot-the-uss-liberty-case-closed-quot [undated - 2004?] and here https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-uss-liberty-incident [undated - 2004?].

Michael Oren references the doddering old fool AJ Cristol 10 times but doesn't mention Bamford atall in either article.

Don't you find that bizarre? World-reknowned investigative journalist Bamford - whom Oren has already attacked in 2001 - goes totally unchallenged.

Should I ask BM about it or would his blood-pressure go through the roof?

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Jan-21

Thanks for the recommendations, but I'd prefer some humour in my outrage.

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Jan-21

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

Thanks for the recommendations, but I'd prefer some humour in my outrage.

Sigh - I'm not sure why - no humour used when we condemn the Nazis for what they did. Many such postings are surely grindingly long and tricky to read.

And the point I've made is striking - Michael Oren was Israel ambassador to the US, and notable author of, among other things, Israel's definitive version of the Six Day War - https://pdfs.semanticscholar. org/8602/f790ef36144421c4d 2b10573ef7e8dc8a8f2.pdf - which he is obviously proud to put on line in its entirety.

And yet, two very important 2001 articles by Michael Oren attacking James Bamford and defending Israel over the USS LIberty have gone entirely missing? 

Now - three years later, Michael Oren does defend the Israeli position on the USS Liberty here - https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/quot-the-uss-liberty-case-closed-quot [undated - 2004?] and here https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-uss-liberty-incident [undated - 2004?].

Michael Oren references the doddering old fool AJ Cristol 10 times but doesn't mention Bamford atall in either article.

Don't you find that bizarre? World-reknowned investigative journalist Bamford - whom Oren has already attacked in 2001 - goes totally unchallenged.

Should I ask BM about it or would his blood-pressure go through the roof?

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