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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

David Brooks: At base, [President] Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. Immaturity is becoming the dominant note of his presidency, lack of self-control his leitmotif. First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. Trump's answers in these interviews are not very long -- 200 words at the high end -- but he will typically flit through four or five topics before ending up with how unfair the press is to him. ... Second, most people of drinking age have achieved some accurate sense of themselves, some internal criteria to measure their own merits and demerits. But Trump seems to need perpetual outside approval to stabilize his sense of self, so he is perpetually desperate for approval, telling heroic fabulist tales about himself.

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We've got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.

We badly want to understand Trump, to grasp him," David Roberts writes in Vox. "It might give us some sense of control, or at least an ability to predict what he will do next. But what if there's nothing to understand? What if there is no there there?"

And out of that void comes a carelessness that quite possibly betrayed an intelligence source, and endangered a country.

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Brooks:

"He is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence."

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-16 01:27 PM | Reply

"a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar."

Gotta love that.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 01:33 PM | Reply

Brooks probably had a great time writing this essay - he holds Trump in well-deserved contempt.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-16 01:46 PM | Reply

From another thread:
>>What is the goal? What does trump hope to gain by being putins whipping boy?

Brooks:
"From all we know so far, Trump didn't do it because he is a Russian agent, or for any malevolent intent. He did it because he is sloppy, because he lacks all impulse control, and above all because he is a 7-year-old boy desperate for the approval of those he admires."

#4 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-05-16 02:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Please. The world is lead by Angela Merkel. Trump doesn't even lead the US.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-16 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Brooks just plagiarized all of the liberal criticism of his own essays and turned it on Donnie Small Hands.

#6 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-16 03:50 PM | Reply

Is calling Trump by the name "Donnie Small Hands" sexist? Would calling Clinton by the name, "Hillary Sugar ----" be acceptable? Just sayin', it seems sexist.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-05-16 04:18 PM | Reply


Israeli Official: Trump Sharing Intelligence With Russia Is "Worst Fears Confirmed"
www.buzzfeed.com

...Two Israeli intelligence officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the US regarding ISIS plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes, under the unique intelligence-sharing agreement the two countries maintain.

The revelation that Trump had shared that intelligence with Russian officials was Israel's "worst fears confirmed," said one of the intelligence officers.

"We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing. We do not have this relationship with any other country," said the officer, who spoke to BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity as he was not granted permission to speak to the press.

"There is a special understanding of security cooperation between our countries," they said. "To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed." The officer previously spoke to BuzzFeed News in January, when he said that Israeli officials had specific concerns about what Trump would share with Russian officials. ...


It may turn out to be an interesting visit to Israel coming up....

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-05-16 04:28 PM | Reply


Trump talks, Russia listens, Israel reacts
www.axios.com

...
What McMaster did and didn't say when briefing reporters

Was the intel classified? Didn't answer.

When did Trump decide to share the intel? On the fly during the meeting.

Why did he do it? To expand the anti-ISIS fight and protect U.S. national security.

Did he reveal the city it came from (a key claim from the Post's report)? Implied Trump did, but said "it was nothing that you would not know from open-source reporting."

Did Trump know who the source of the intel was? No.

Does he stand by denial of Washington Post report? Yes, because "premise" was false....

Some revealing excerpts from the NYT's Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush:

"There is a fear among some of Mr. Trump's senior advisers about leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn. General McMaster, in particular, has tried to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground Mr. Trump ... has referred to him as 'a pain.'"...


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-05-16 04:33 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by moder8

I guess it will be when hands start providing milk

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-16 04:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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Trump has a personality quirk that I've noticed in other dumb people who have been elevated to a higher status than what they deserve. He believes that his status proves that he's "smart". (Even before being president, he believed that his wealth proved how smart he is) And that since he's "smart", whatever he thinks must be right.

Trump doesn't understand that genuinely intelligent people know what they don't know and don't throw out random thoughts while thinking "I'm smart so it must be right..".

I used to work at a company where a high ranking partner was someone like this. Occassionally, I would require information that was under her domain and I would need to contact her. She always answered immediately with an off the top of head answer. And I knew, without fail, that whatever she told me would be wrong. I also knew that I would be thrown under the bus if I went with what she said and it turned out to be wrong so whenever I could, I corrected her responses in my own documentation. I knew she wouldn't remember what she said anyway and as long as what I documented was "right", she would believe that she said it. Trump is even worse because he has such a big stupid mouth that you can't even cover for him.

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-16 05:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 | POSTED BY MODER8

Let me know when she starts comparing hers on the debate stage.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-16 05:04 PM | Reply

The Conservatives are turning on him...

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-16 05:28 PM | Reply

David Brooks has moved consistently left over the years. That doesn't diminish his opinion on issues but I wouldn't call him a conservative.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-16 05:33 PM | Reply

Perhaps David Brooks has stayed put...
Tell me what he's moved left on?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-16 05:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- David Brooks has moved consistently left over the years.

He's been stuck in the mud for years.... it's the GOP that has marched way Right on the orders of their .01 percent donors.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 05:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donnie isn't a child.

Most children are open minded and listen to reason.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-05-16 06:06 PM | Reply

David Brooks has moved consistently left over the years.

Brooks has the same soft right political beliefs he did when the New York Times made the mistake of hiring him.

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-16 06:10 PM | Reply

Why was it a mistake to hire him?

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-05-16 06:11 PM | Reply

Most children are open minded and listen to reason.

Posted by ClownShack at 2017-05-16 06:06 PM | Reply

What about the terrible 2's???

#20 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-16 06:11 PM | Reply

What about the terrible 2's???

#20 | Posted by LauraMohr

Jared ans Ivanka?

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-16 07:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"David Brooks has moved consistently left over the years."

No Jeff, he hasn't moved more left, the GOP has moved more crazy. Brooks is a conservative, a real conservative and us on the left do not consider him crazy or evil or anything. He's just a conservative. Trump and the TEaparty are crazy! Paul Ryan is crazy! These extremists who want to destroy all parts of the social safety net are crazy, millions of people will die if they get their way. What don't you understand about that? You're a father, can't you imagine other people's children going without healthcare, without food, without housing? Do you have a conscience? I think you do but I also think you have allowed right wing crazies to talk to you and convince you that we as Americans owe nothing to other Americans if they can't provide food, healthcare, housing. I honestly think you know we do. We owe it because we are humans and Americans.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 09:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think the author is the one who is childish.

#23 | Posted by tmaster at 2017-05-16 10:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I think
#23 | POSTED BY TMASTER

Highly disputable.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-05-16 10:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I think the author is the one who is childish."

Yeouch! I know you are, but what am I? Nicely played.

#25 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-16 10:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why was it a mistake to hire him?

Because he's a lightweight. When the Times goes looking for conservative pundits they should be getting people like George Will and Charlie Sykes, who even when you disagree with them respect their seriousness and their convictions.

Brooks, like Maureen Dowd on the left, is more about goofy metaphors and catchy lines than making anybody think.

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-17 10:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump may be an infantile idiot. But he has certainly served well as a bellwether for the inanities of politics, politicians and their partisan supporters AND as a touchstone for everything that is wrong with today's mainstream media and online punditry.

#27 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-05-17 11:12 AM | Reply

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