Trump’s inability to learn is already posing problems
Dana Priest and Tom Hamburger write in the Washington Post:
Former senior U.S. national security officials are dismayed at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s repeated refusal to accept the judgment of intelligence professionals that Russia stole files from the Democratic National Committee computers in an effort to influence the U.S. election.
The former officials, who have served presidents in both parties, say they were bewildered when Trump cast doubt on Russia’s role after receiving a classified briefing on the subject and again after an unusually blunt statement from U.S. agencies saying they were “confident” that Moscow had orchestrated the attacks.
“It defies logic,” retired Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, said of Trump’s pronouncements.
Trump has assured supporters that, if elected, he would surround himself with experts on defense and foreign affairs, where he has little experience. But when it comes to Russia, he has made it clear that he is not listening to intelligence officials, the former officials said.
“He seems to ignore their advice,” Hayden said. “Why would you assume this would change when he is in office?” . . .
And do read the whole thing. It comes down to a serious indictment. Do read it. This is real life. This is not a movie. Things that happen will actually happen.
The last time I recall reading the news so avidly with happenings of great event occurring almost daily was when Woodward and Bernstein were reporting the Watergate story. I bought the Washington Post daily and Sunday and read everything I could about it. I was living in Annapolis at the time, so it was practically a local story.