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Rather writes: "As far as I am concerned, this week brought perhaps the most dangerous and destabilizing events in the presidency of Donald Trump, and it has been almost completely overshadowed by a cavalcade of news such as elections in Georgia and the Bill O'Reilly story."

Dan Rather in his office in Manhattan in 2009. (photo: Jennifer S. Altman/The New York Times)
Dan Rather in his office in Manhattan in 2009. (photo: Jennifer S. Altman/The New York Times)


Trump's Worst Week Yet

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

21 April 17

 

s far as I am concerned, this week brought perhaps the most dangerous and destabilizing events in the presidency of Donald Trump, and it has been almost completely overshadowed by a cavalcade of news such as elections in Georgia and the Bill O'Reilly story.

But while many of us may be preoccupied, make no mistake the world is watching - and is worried. For over a week, the American people and the world were led to believe that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike force to the waters off of North Korea, in an escalating tension over the standoff with that troublesome nation over its nuclear and missile ambitions.

President Trump boasted about his show of force. “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier," he said. The National Security Advisor and the Secretary of Defense both reiterated the information. Except it wasn't true. The carrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships were heading in the other direction, thousands of miles away.

How and why can this happen? There are no good explanations. Incompetence, deceit, a lack of communication? This is how wars can get started by accident. This is how allies can feel betrayed and adversaries emboldened. Our world is less stable today because of this situation. And this was supposed to be the relative area of stability within the Trump Administration - national security.

The fact that this has gone on for days is inexcusable. The world's nations rely on being able to trust what an American president says, especially on an issue like this. More than anything else that has happened, more than the missile strike in Syria or even the worrisome congratulatory phone call to the increasingly dictatorial president of Turkey, this is a foreign policy debacle that is shaping world affairs in big ways. I hope you all take the time to read much of the fine reporting that has been done on this event. It is something we all should be talking and thinking about - a lot.

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+41 # PeacefulGarden 2017-04-21 16:44
And don't forget Mama Grizzly, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock visited the White House. A freaking white supremacist visited the president; a white supremacist who is missing part of his brain, no not a part, parts of his brain are missing. No, the whole brain is missing. No matter, Mama Grizzly will help The Donald. Perhaps The Donald can grab her...

Obviously, this parody joke government is going to keep on keeping on...
 
 
+20 # ER444 2017-04-22 14:18
We have two amateurs running the two most dangerous contries in the world, USA and North Korea, and they are playing chicken. Not a good thing!!!
 
 
+70 # heartofnests 2017-04-21 19:30
The more I think about Chomsky's comment that we should be frightened of a staged terrorist attack so Trump can declare a military coup d'état, it makes more and more sense. Whoever Donald Trump was in New York City, he has abandoned the roguish playboy image and has developed an entirely new persona — rigid authoritarianis m, albeit the most unfocused and incompetent embodiment of it — without the slightest concern for the consequences of what comes out of his addled brain and oversized bigoted mouth. He has already lost his footing on that high perch of imperious dystopian rhetoric he chose to begin his presidency with.
 
 
+50 # Wise woman 2017-04-21 21:54
What I'm talking about to every one I know is how do we get rid if this evil moron who happened to land in the White House to begin with. Of course the dems are to blame but hey, now we're talking very serious business. Before we start WW3, let's put a lot of effort into getting the trump and his minions out of power. Believe me, the whole world will thank us and take a deep breath which is exactly what we need to do for ourselves. What does it take to do this? Storming the White House and Congress with every thing we have to offer ala the 60s might be a beginning. Am I the only one who is scared???
 
 
0 # ericlipps 2017-04-22 10:35
"Of course the dems are to blame" by not nominating Ber-nie! Ber-nie! BER-NIE! and for Hillary Clinton's stubborn refusal to either drop out of the primaries as soon as Sanders won one or "step aside for Bernie" after the convention. Carefully targeted leaks of hacked (and possibly altered)emails by the Russians and their retailing through Wikileaks by Julian Assange, who is known to harbor a visceral hatred toward Hillary Clinton, had nothing to do with it.

Now pull the other one.
 
 
+21 # Lolanne 2017-04-22 11:58
Quoting Wise woman:
What I'm talking about to every one I know is how do we get rid if this evil moron who happened to land in the White House to begin with. Of course the dems are to blame but hey, now we're talking very serious business. Before we start WW3, let's put a lot of effort into getting the trump and his minions out of power. Believe me, the whole world will thank us and take a deep breath which is exactly what we need to do for ourselves. What does it take to do this? Storming the White House and Congress with every thing we have to offer ala the 60s might be a beginning. Am I the only one who is scared???


No, you're not. I've been very afraid (along with very damn depressed) since the election, and my fear just continues to increase. I don't pretend to know how, but so agree with you that we've GOT to get them -- all of them!-- out of our gov't. But as to how...I'm at a loss. The stupid repukes will sit on their hands til hell freezes over and do absolutely nothing to stop him, so I guess that means we're stuck with turning the White House into an insane asylum unless the Dems can take back the House in 2018. I don't know who, other than the House, has the power to begin impeachment proceedings. Don't think that would help a lot anyway, since we'd be stuck with Pence. There should be some recourse, some way to kick them all out and start over with another election. The man is insane! None of them have the sense of a dung beetle.
 
 
+2 # opinionaire 2017-04-24 07:16
We live in unprecedented times, and as such, need an unprecedented solution to the problem. Seems that if collusion is found in the meddling with our national election--and it is looking progressively more likely that it will--we may have grounds to declare the entire administration null and void, and have a new national election. It would undoubtedly be cheaper than the endless drain of tax dollars the current White House occupant and his family and sycophants cost us.
 
 
+8 # chemtex2611 2017-04-22 12:26
And have Pence doing the same thing on purpose?
It'll be easier to explain trump mistake.
 
 
+35 # Lennie 2017-04-21 23:02
As usual, Dan is spot on. But, when I saw Spicer, GENERAL McMaster, and GENERAL Mattis all saying the same thing, it just looked that much worse. Okay, with Spicer, we shouldn't expect much. But with the GENERALS being so wrong? That is scary. If they actually knew that the "armada" was going in the wrong direction, then maybe they should have just kept quiet. What is wrong with these guys? Remember when Trump said our generals were "rubble?" Well. . . ?
 
 
+54 # ywsf 2017-04-21 23:43
When the republican congress lets this idiot run the ship, it proves they will do anything for power, including destroy America and its place in the world. I hope the Koch brothers are happy. They can count their money from their oxygen tents as the Earth crumbles too.
 
 
+20 # Caliban 2017-04-22 02:12
I assume that multiple true patriots are making up their list of impeachable offenses committed by Trump and his gang.

A few more "Armada" - like episodes and the citizenry will be more than ready to send Donald, Mike, Steve, and Jeff back where they came from just a few months ago.
 
 
+4 # Time Traveller 2017-04-22 03:18
Dan, I can only hope that there was some kind of tactical military reason for the deception.

Perhaps it was intended to solicit a reaction by Chinese, Korean and Russian forces that would tip their hand.

Our HUMINT is weak in that region, so maybe our satellites picked up a lot of data on troop and material deployment in response to our phantom task force... A page out of the old "Patton's Phantom Army" playbook?
 
 
+15 # chemtex2611 2017-04-22 12:30
Don't you think the Chinese and Russians know where US
carriers and subs are all the time? You were the only one who
didn't know.......
 
 
0 # Time Traveller 2017-04-22 15:16
You are right, I am sure. I wrote that at 2 am when my brain wasn't during on all cylinders, Semtex.

Like Billy Pilgrim, I was "unstuck in time," recalling classic wartime deceptions, like when Churchill invited former Secretary of the Navy FDR to share cognac and a cigar at midnight as they watched an entire non-existant Royal Navy squadron sail past on the shallow Thames estuary...
 
 
+21 # E.V.Debshttp://readersupportednews.org/your-profile# 2017-04-22 03:20
The reason for all this is, Drumpf has shit for brains.
 
 
+33 # HStone 2017-04-22 05:06
The president continues to bring Americans together, to resist his policies and consider what sort of future we would like if citizens again controlled our government. Let's hope the damage he does can be reversed, and the activism he is inspiring cannot.
 
 
+26 # paulkinzelman 2017-04-22 05:35
I don't believe with today's navigation capabilities that they were steaming in the wrong direction by accident. I think they were commanded to go where they were going. The question is why and by whom.
 
 
+36 # Carol R 2017-04-22 06:06
My thought on the subject is that Agent Orange is a dangerous, ignorant fool. He doesn't know and doesn't care about what is happening. Needs to go golfing almost every weekend in Florida, at the cost of $3 million a weekend.

What is to be expected from someone who gets his news from Breitbart and Fox?
 
 
+3 # oakes721 2017-04-22 12:50
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Drumpf: "Are you calling me IGNORANT, sister? Listen, I don't know the meaning of the word!"
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+17 # NAVYVET 2017-04-22 06:37
Thank you, Dan Rather. I wonder why there are no comments on this. My daughter-in-law is from South Korea, her wise and wonderful mother lives in Seoul--not far from North Korea--as do some of her siblings. Naturally I'm very concerned for them!

It's time that people paid attention to the important news, and that's what RSN tries to do. I contribute a little every month. If everyone did that there'd be more articles like this one!
 
 
+34 # elizabethblock 2017-04-22 07:41
No one, no American, no one in other countries, should trust what this president says. He's not the leader of the free world. (If anyone is, it's Angela Merkel.)

And he seems to be doing what is normal, or at any rate the usual thing, in third world countries: using his office to enrich himself and his family. That is clearly his first priority.
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2017-04-22 09:57
The point here is, to y'rs truly anyhoo, that Dan Rather has forgotten more about foreign policy and the world in general, than Drumpf will EVER know, which is what makes the git so dangerous.
Hell, he probably thinks that S. Korea is somewhere off Antarctica.
 
 
+9 # kgrad 2017-04-22 13:00
[quote name=...Of course the dems are to blame...

How about those folks who thought they were voting for the best candidate to be president? They are largely responsible for this disaster that will affect people everywhere.
 
 
+15 # dusty 2017-04-22 13:25
It is sad but our fault that we have gotten into this mess. In the name of security we have allowed the militarization of our border, allowed the growth of an out-sized military, continued to treat our military service people as though they are heroes instead of thugs killing women and children. We have also disrespected the women of our nation by restricting their rights to control their own bodies. Now we allow the capitalist system, and that is what this is, to attack public health programs, ACA and Medicare, as well as Social Security retirement, education, and other systems of the social contract while we have smugly thought it wouldn't happen to us. We spend time worrying about Russia and China, neither one has threatened us, while destroying our unions which is a threat to our standard of life. We need to get over it and decide to fight back. While Trump may be a nice representation of the problem it is the entire economic substructure of capitalism and the superstructure it has constructed to control and abuse us, wear us down, and bury us that is the critical "disease" that must be neutralized and replaced with a healthy, cooperative social system of respect for all and with the wealth of society used for all to have a green, high standard of living.
 

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