Thursday, February 02, 2017

Scapegoat in Chief

I also wonder if the finger pointing is just military ass-covering. As JMM notes, there is a whole chain of command a raid like this would have to get the okay from before it even gets to the President. But whether it really was Trump's fault (because he pushed ahead with the plan over the objections of people who knew better), or whether the mission just went bad for other reasons and the military is looking for a fall guy, it is fascinating that people in the military are willing to publicly (albeit anonymously) point the finger at the commander-in-chief like this.

Whatever the reasons were that the mission went bad, it is completely believable that Trump would order an operation like this without the proper preparation. I don't know if that is what happened, but given the reality of Trump that kind of story is going to strike a lot of people as plausible, which means he becomes an easy scapegoat even if that is not what really happened. This is a big weakness of the Trump presidency.