Wednesday, July 25, 2018
MORE IDLE SPECULATION
A great deal has been said about the fact that Trump had no aides with him during his two hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki. Even more is being said about the fact that more than a week later, his Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of National Intelligence seem not to have been briefed on the content of that meeting, including any agreements that Trump and Putin reached. I have the very strong suspicion that this absence of briefing is a consequence of the fact that Trump cannot remember what he said or agreed to. This is, of course, appalling, but it has an up side. If Trump cannot recall what he said, then he cannot implement the agreements. I do not think George Orwell foresaw the possibility of an incompetent authoritarian dictator.