Monday, February 13, 2017

Intelligence Briefings? "The President Likes Maps"

Can you spot the oxymoron:  "Trump intelligence briefing"?  Good.

From the New York Times, via Steve Benen:
[W]hile Mr. Obama liked policy option papers that were three to six single-spaced pages, council staff members are now being told to keep papers to a single page, with lots of graphics and maps. 
The president likes maps,” one official said. (our emphasis)
And "lots of graphics!" So, appropriately enough, he likes his briefings in the form of a game of "Risk."

If only this was part of an SNL skit.  But this nitwit is neo- fascist manbaby Donald "Rump" Trump, the man with the "nuclear football" at his fingertips (or is it?).  The Onion satirically (?) takes it from there:
Telling reporters they were working hard to provide important national security updates to the new commander-in-chief in a manner he found most useful and actionable, intelligence officials confirmed Monday they have been struggling to condense President Donald Trump’s briefings down to a single word. “The president prefers his briefs to be concise and straightforward, preferably no longer than two or three syllables, so we’re now focusing on compressing each day’s classified intel and any intercepted geopolitical chatter down to the sole most salient word,” said Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland...  (our emphasis)
Which is all not so surprising given that we're talking about a person who can get his deepest thoughts into a 140 character tweet.

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