FAILURE OF INTELLIGENCE

Trump Trusts No One

Here is a great quote from a retired United States Appeals Court Circuit Judge, “I refuse to believe that ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…’ is now an empty entreaty. But if it is, shame on us.” Interestingly, those are the words of Maryanne Trump Barry, our President’s sister.

Donald & Maryanne

Most of what Donald Trump says now as President, and what he had to say to become President, are not based on deep-seated values or creeds. He is first and foremost a bully. His disdain for immigrants is most likely not a campaign ploy but rather an inner summoning of his father, Fred Trump. On Mother’s Day, Donnie Boy confessed that his mother, Mary, spoiled him. Oh, favorite son, now we better understand your need for praise.

Sister Maryanne has publicly said that “neither of my parents had English as a first language,” but she was quiet when Trump rolled out his anti-immigrant rhetoric to run for President. Perhaps Maryanne knows that Trump’s prefabricated prejudices are sick jokes aimed at lower educated and disgruntled voters. But wait, Trump’s Scottish mother didn’t speak English? Curious, that.

After being sworn in as president, Donald Trump’s first official trip was to Langley, Virginia and the CIA. He wanted to reassure the intelligence community of his full support. Trump, unable to unplug from the character he constantly played as candidate, veered off course during the appearance at the intelligence agency and attacked the “dishonest media” and vowed to loosen the torture rules put in place by President Obama. Really? Were we watching an episode of the TV show 24 or the 45th President of the United States?

Trump’s remarks were made while he stood in front of the marble wall of stars that represent each of the 117 CIA agents who have died in service to our country. What the President failed to understand was the sacred nature of that environment and just how deeply disrespectful his comments were. The olive branch he held out to the intelligence community that day dropped to the floor and blasted another hole through the spirits of those lifelong professionals. Trump disbelieves every intelligence report that doesn’t confirm his beliefs and suppositions. He places high regard solely on his own pitiful ignorance.

When writing my book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, an alert editor pointed out that some of my comments about the Warren Commission and the John F. Kennedy assassination were ill-informed. I listen to my editors, so I picked up some highly recommended books and studied the matter. What I learned surprised me. The intelligence community of the United States is exceptionally good at what it does. and the daily security briefings brought to the president can save lives, protect the homeland and shield our economy. Sadly, things often go wrong.

It’s less about the quality of the intel and more about how it’s distributed, analyzed and acted upon. Much knowledge about JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, was never properly brought into one protective shield for that President. We learned after 9-11 that our intelligence knew that Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorists were coming to attack America, but the dots were never connected. The lack of organized leadership and a plan to use the data wisely was missing, as often happens.

A problem exists when those at the top of the State Department have a one-way relationship with the leader of the free world. People at high levels of government often do not want to admit serious, dangerous plots to their leader. This is especially true with Trump, who pushes aside specific and negative predictions. He prefers minions who say, “Don’t worry boss, everything is okay.”

So, we now come to the central problem with TRUMP. He disbelieves intelligence that comes from people he views as disloyal. He foolishly thinks he’s a political force that is always right, never wrong, and which may never be questioned. His little Goebbels-like minister of propaganda, Stephen Miller, once said on national TV, “No one has the right to question this President.” Curiously, this came from a guy whose relatives escaped the Nazi concentration camps. What do you suppose happened to his brain and soul?

When someone in the government presented the possibility that the coronavirus could come to the United States, did they make the grave and potential disaster clear to Trump? Did Trump ignore the facts and intelligence? What must his confidents do to get his attention? All too often, Trump slays the truth tellers and casts them aside as “disgruntled workers,” “never Trumpers,” “treasonous snakes” or “scum.” Why are so many people disgruntled? Why do such a large percentage of Americans hate their president?

We are now at a dangerous fork in the road with Trump firing people who hold the power of oversight. Those he cannot fire are exiled to parts of the government uninvolved with the Executive Branch. This president is looking like a criminal, a crook, a con or, for our Japanese readers, a Yakuza.

What happened in the US with the COVID-19 global pandemic was one colossal cluster fuck of confusion, missteps and malfeasance. Trump simply doesn’t use intelligence; never has, never will. Even a feeble brain would have known that Atlantic City couldn’t support a Vegas-style casino, but Donnie Boy didn’t listen to those who disagreed with him. We all need to be concerned about his personal psychological problems because he’s the damn president of the country.

Advisors told Trump COVID-19 was coming and explained what would happen. He ignored them. Donald Trump’s trade advisor, Peter Navarro wrote a memo that said, “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil. This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” I am not making this up. Navarro’s memo was written on January 29, 2020. Our “real genius” president claims he never saw it. Perhaps it arrived on a golf day.

Ultimate Cover-up

The coronavirus impact on minorities, the elderly and those without healthcare insurance is dreadful. It’s amazing to me that state and federal governments are looking the other way when it comes to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Why wouldn’t America have a strong law about these services and how they operate? States don’t go far enough to protect older Americans, and they are dying by the thousands because of this virus.

Last week, the New York Times reported, “At least 28,100 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States.” Some experts say that one-third of all the COVID-19 deaths are residents and workers in assisted living settings. So, Donald Trump’s lack of concern and action has hurt the elderly.

This post began with a quote from a retired judge who knows Donald Trump intimately. She once said, “Thugs who brutalize elderly people should be punished severely.” If the White House has become a Thugz Mansion (props to Tupac for his inspiration and spelling) then the Donald must be the head goon. Yes, Maryanne, he should be punished severely.

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