For more than a week, media reports in the U.S. and around Asia routinely have mentioned the approach of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, seemingly implying an attack on North Korea could be imminent. But a week after the U.S. announced the carrier and its escorts would leave Singapore, forego port calls in Australia and instead return to Korean waters, the carrier and its group had yet to head north.The levels of incompetence, dishonesty, and flat-out bumblefuckery are astounding. And so is the media's continued willingness to give Trump a pass. The New York Times, for example, describes the situation as "a glitch-ridden sequence…which perpetuated the false narrative that an American armada was racing toward the waters off North Korea."
Rather, the ships were actually operating several hundred miles south of Singapore, taking part in scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean.
Oh, and about those "scheduled exercises" to which the aircraft carrier is headed. They've been routine for four decades.
Again what's happening near North Korea right now is the annual, 40-year-old #FoalEagle joint military exercise. And DPRK always gets antsy.— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) April 18, 2017
That seems like something a president oughta know, before he goes shooting his mouth off about "sending a message" to a North Korean leader about whom Trump also knows absolutely nothing.
Trump also made two references in the interview to "this gentleman" in North Korea, who he said had "outplayed" both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The late North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il died in 2011. His son, Kim Jong Un, is the country's current ruler.Trump is terrifyingly ignorant. And the media's insistence on treating him otherwise—breathlessly reporting on his military "strategy" as if it's an actual strategy and not a collection of incoherent comments made by a catastrophically ill-informed dipshit who regurgitates whatever half-baked conclusions he's drawn based on the last person he's talked to—is utterly appalling.
Treating Trump like he's got it together isn't going to make it so. He's a dangerous fucking mess, and papering over that global peril by minimizing his significant deficiencies and jerking off every time he drops a bomb is not helping.