How did you celebrate July 4th? Apparently the Associated Press (AP) celebrated by running an article that cited – wait for it, wait for it, wait for it – anonymous sources claiming that in August 2017 President Trump thought about invading Venezuela.
This is at least the second article a media source, as published as of late, that discussed something President Trump thought about doing but didn’t do. (I recall a great deal of media-driven hysteria some months ago over the possibility that Trump thought about firing Mueller).
I’d venture that, were anonymous sources willing to talk about things they witnessed in virtually every given Presidential administration, there would be volumes of stories about things Presidents thought about doing but never did. So what’s the point?
Oh wait, how foolish of me. I forgot to follow the bouncing ball. We’re supposed to read the AP item, conclude that Trump is a racist nut job that hates Hispanics, then don the “Impeach 45” shirts someone is selling these days and march around downtown, carrying pre-fab signs bearing contact information for Manhattan and Chicago-based Marxist outfits in small-type underneath the protest slogan printed in big block lettering.
As is so often the case with anti-Trump hysterics, the author of the AP hit piece fails to comprehend that by alleging Trump considered a military invasion of Venezuela and then backed away, Trump is actually revealed to be everything the left thinks he is not.
After all, the left believes Trump is a hard core autocrat that binges on fast food and Diet Coke, never getting out of bed to actually do anything while tweeting and shouting orders and demands from staff.
The AP article reveals instead that, in the case of Venezuela, Trump was willing to offer an out of the box idea so that key officials could then discuss it and debate it with him. That’s a far cry from top down autocracy. In fact, that sounds like a White House fueled in part by a very dynamic intellectualism that explores ideas and then engages in robust debate about them before official positions emerge.
Call me crazy but I don’t think we’ve had a White House fueled by dynamic intellectual thought in quite a long time.
It’s certainly a far cry from the Obama White House where the Occupier in chief personally made targeting decisions versus radical jihadists – some of whom were American citizens abroad. Is it not hard to imagine how Obama-led meetings, if he cared to show up because by his own admission he was “lazy”, progressed given Obama believed himself the moral and intellectual superior in the room. He said as much didn’t he? Did he not say he believed himself smarter than his policy wonks, a better speechwriter than his own speechwriters, etc.? Were an anonymous source available perhaps we could learn just how autocratic those meetings, if Obama even showed up to chair them, were.
At this point it’s fair to wonder what sort of autocratic nonsense 2016’s Presidential second place might have come up with. Her Libya policy, “we came, we saw, he’s dead”, turned the second most prosperous nation on the African continent (Libya consistently ranked just behind South Africa) into Somalia on the Mediterranean, replete with radical jihadist factions vying for power and refugees by the boatload swarming ashore regularly in places like Malta, Italy, and Greece.
There are of course no anonymous sources willing to speak of what went on in Obamaland. Yet the AP, the New York Times, and so many others seem to have little problem finding such sources to speak candidly about the inner workings of the Trump administration.
It kind of makes you wonder if these anonymous sources are little more than a figment in the imagination of so-called journalists trying to score hit piece items against President Trump. One would think by now at least one of these anonymous sources would have come out, tell-all book in hand, to make a whole bunch of money. That hasn’t happened though. Not a single anonymous source has come up with the guts to out him or herself and make the media rounds.
I supposed 2018s “October surprise” will involve an anonymous source that reveals President Trump once thought about drinking Diet Sprite over Diet Coke. Or that he considered having a third scoop of ice cream after a meal.