Friday morning President Trump again illustrated that he personally is a threat to the safety of Americans and American interests. If he is not stopped Americans and/or our allies will die if they haven’t already. This is not the hyperbole of a progressive; it is fact. Let’s explore.
Friday morning America woke up to the news that there had been a bombing in a London tube car. Admittedly it bore the hallmarks of a terrorist incident either perpetrated or inspired by ISIS. Trump’s reaction was a tweet which began: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Even with just these first two sentences there are multiple problems but in the interest of brevity I want to focus on one. In this case it is represented by the phrase, “Were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Did that represent a leak of privileged information? (The other plausible explanation is that Trump was just making stuff up again.)
Terrorists don’t respect borders and ergo terrorism is an international problem. One of the best ways of combatting it is by sharing intelligence. The UK is one of America’s oldest and most valued allies. They also have one of the world’s best counter terrorism forces. Americans are safer if our government knows what British intelligence knows and the sooner that information is shared the better!
If Trump, by virtue of his position, knew facts or hard suppositions before they were made public he has to be mature enough to know what can be tweeted out to the masses and what needs to be kept quiet for the moment. He is not a news source looking for a scoop. In fact responsible journalists, (or what Trump calls the “Fake news”), keep information private out of respect for national security.
Trump has been President for less than eight months and this is at least the third such incident that I am aware of. It is the second “jumping of the gun” with the UK; and can we ever forget Trump’s “instant declassification” of intelligence in the Oval Office for the benefit of Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. There is an old saying that “Loose lips sink ships”, has Trump forgotten he is the commander-in-chief?
The latter incident may very well have revealed methods and sources undoubtedly endangering lives in the process.
If Trump can’t discipline himself our allies (if they haven’t already been) will be forced to reevaluate what information they are comfortable sharing with the US intelligence community. Asking American intelligence agencies not to report information up the chain of command (to Trump) is impractical. The only other options are to withhold it from us or delay its release.
Is it possible that Trump still doesn’t realize the seriousness of the repercussions of his actions? Is it possible that he doesn’t understand the nature of the information he has? This is not an interview with Howard Stern; it is a matter of national security.
I’m not sure if it’s Trump ignorance on display or his need to feed his ego knowing his own glaring inadequacies. The Russian incident certainly seems to be at least in part motivated by feeling the need to be “one of the boys” and show off what he knew. He is a not very wise amateur who got played by a couple of savvy pros.
This is not a matter of a difference over policy. This is clear cut incompetence that yields similar outcomes to treasonous activity. For the sake of lives throughout the free world it must be stopped!
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