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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

There's a lot of undermining going on


Gerald Seib is the Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau chief. And there resides the problem. The WSJ is generally considered "conservative" but that's because of it's influential editorial page. It's reporting from Washington is full-throat-ed Liberal.

Seib's article is headlined: Russian Hacking Report Complicates Donald Trump’s View of World Order.

It begins:
The intelligence community’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election didn’t merely describe nefarious Kremlin deeds. It also put a dent in the strategic worldview that Donald Trump hoped to carry into the White House.

It’s increasingly clear that we’re living in a kind of tripolar world, populated by an America that remains the most important superpower; a rising China; and a newly re-assertive Russia trying to reclaim its seat at the big table.

And while it’s hard to read the enigmatic Mr. Trump, it also appears his vision of how to prosper in that world is to develop friendly ties with Russia on the one hand, thereby improving the American strategic position to challenge China on the other.

If that is the case, the strategic equation has been seriously undermined by the intelligence community report, which represents a consensus view of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. It not only described a concerted effort to interfere with the election, but a much broader effort to undermine the very idea of American democracy.

Leave aside the hyperbolic statement that the Russians managed to "undermine the very idea of American democracy."  There's a lot of undermining going on, but it being done at the hands of the Liberal community that is refusing to hand over power to a duly elected President and Congress.

There's a lot of stupid in this column, but this jumped out at me as a classic: "And while it’s hard to read the enigmatic Mr. Trump ..."The enigmatic Mr. Trump? Are you bleeping serious?

Trump is a lot of things, but "enigmatic" is not one of them.

"Build the wall" is enigmatic? Make stuff in Mexico and I'll impose a 35% tariff on the imports Is enigmatic? "I like people who were not captured" is enigmatic? Announcing that illegal immigrants will be deported is enigmatic?

I could go on, but I have seen this accusation in other articles. I and am dumbfounded that any sane observer would call a Presidential candidate who TWEETS his thoughts enigmatic. No wonder the media never got Trump; he hits them over the head with a 2 X 4 and they wonder what happened.

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