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Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Is our children learning?"

No, it's not frustrating; it's scary as shit.

I was going to leave this below, but then Anderson Cooper noticed it.  Here's what happened, per Vox:

“After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” the president told the Journal. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over] North Korea. ... But it’s not what you would think.”

Four quick observations about this:

Trump thought China could fix North Korea until the Chinese president politely informed him that North Korea is in fact complicated.

Trump seems to have required the leader of China to explain basic facts to him that he could have Googled, or at least asked one of the many US government North Korea experts about.

Trump came to a profound realization about one of the most dangerous conflicts on earth after a 10-minute conversation.

Trump is getting his information about East Asian affairs from the leader of America’s largest rival in the region.
This isn't a staffing problem.  This is the problem of the man behind the desk in the Oval Office being as empty-headed as a scarecrow.  This is the problem of a man who is, as Keith Olbermann compellingly argues, a jackass.

Well, that, and nobody on that panel addresses these facts.  Cooper touches on it, noticing the NATO Secretary General met with Trump, and now NATO is no longer "obsolete" (and Trump "fixed it").  Nobody on that panel wants to face the fact that the Most Powerful Man on the Planet has the mind of a 3 year old, and the attention span of a gnat.

But then, humankind cannot bear very much reality.  


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