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All the President’s Men Seem Not to Protect Him – From Others, and Himself.
Which Idiot Allowed President Trump to Handle Director Comey as He Did?
BY: Jeffrey Koopersmith, 11 May 2017
WASHINGTON DC – I must say I will miss former FBI Director James Comey. He gave me a reason to believe that our Democracy would last no matter how many devils in Congress or the White House. Comey appeared to be a truth teller – and he is very tall – another sign that he is not sly enough to lie very much. – (You figure that out).
Of course I joke. And let me add, that I thought Comey’s decision to put the now infamous “you cost me the election” letter re Hillary Clinton’s email-server was a mistake – but to me it proved that Jim Comey loved his job and was then overthinking protection of his reputation against both warring political parties – all of whom are largely full of muck and practiced liars (some to “protect” us from the truth) but 90% of these will never be liked and respected by the commoner or professional guy as Comey seemed to have earned and enjoyed as well.
Also, Donald Trump made an error sending the “You’re Fired” letter to Director Comey for more than one reason. You have all heard enough of the mainstream saying anything they can think up to fill air time – but you know enough to know that no-one, even Comey, knows what truly happened – not now, probably not ever.
The most important revelation that this letter to Jim Comey displayed is that there is no one close to the President who can warn him off of doing frightening and silly things -OR-that the President is so out-of-control when angry that he is as great a danger to himself as to his 350 million citizens who are trying to trust him as they do any new President.
I vote for choice number one. He has no capable and trusted mentors around him enough of the time – if ever.
Does the President hide what his gut tells him is a nutty thing to do or say.
Does his heart and ego override his sense? I don’t know – but I must blame his too-small cadre of trusted advisors and aides who too often appear to be just plain stupid by allowing so many matters to go wrong in such a short space of time.
There are not enough of them, nor varied, in the White House.
The Comey letter is worth writing about – not because it proves Donald Trump is too unpredictable to run this country and dozens of others by various unions and promises or threats this nation has made to itself and others in a few hundred years. He is no such man.
Yet, sadly, the best minds in the nation familiar with the intricacies of Presidential pressures are nowhere to be seen. In addition, the complexity of tackling the pilothouse of America without the best people that can be found to work for the White House, should not be limited to those who really don’t need any more money. Many I wise woman or man is not a treasure because he or she seeks money and power.
I am a businessman. One thing I do know for certain is that businessmen and women have little or no idea of the huge webs woven in large and even small national governments. I also know that the best presidents we have had – rich or not so much – have been importantly aware of decorum and how actions impact the individual or a population.
What I found this past week was that Mr. Trump has a mean streak. He doesn’t show it often – but sending a letter, “registered’ or not to the FBI director while Comey was in California with his people out there, was a hurtful thing to do.
I also think President Trump added the line about Comey telling him he was not a subject of this Russian business was not from trying to fool or lie to us – but to soften the axe he put to the neck of a man who had spent his career serving and protecting all of us. Donald Trump knows the onus of failure as do all of us.
If Russia was fooling around with our computer data in order to impact an election, or steal some secrets is certainly important to consider and remedy, but I think Mr. Comey would avoid, not search for, a way to link Mr.Trump to those shenanigans – not to save his FBI job – but to protect the Office itself.
Of course the Democrats will attempt to present the Russians as callous and stupid people who are engaged in protecting this President instead of our other choice – HIllary Clinton.
However the shrieking going on about it is far too well done with not enough pink in the middle. James Comey – to my professional eye was not staking out the President -had he been he could have moved against him with the complete cooperation of his staff. Comey did not, and would never do so. Comey was also not lying when he said the outcome of his letter about Mrs. Clinton’s email. He told congressional committees and the press that is sickened him.
Take it from me because I know many people of all ilks who work inside the FBI and foreign criminal and intelligence agencies. Here in the USA, they are almost heartedly proud of Comey even if they did second-guess his Hillary Letter, or made other errors in leadership during his tenure.
I have had many pleasant and less pleasant relations with most the well-aged security missions in our nation and in Europe and Central America. Comey was more than a gust of fresh air among this group – and it’s a personal disappointment for me that he was not able to continue among the sharks to have a ready and genuine smile or peeve while working 24/7 in your and my national and international interest.
I have defended Donald Trump because I know what it is like to be born and nurtured in 1950s New York City. He is not a monster. He is anything but a neo-fascist – but he has done one thing wrong that only he can fix. He simply must surround himself with great minds – we have so many hundreds of them in our country. He must also make certain he has mentors from all sides of the equation – and who are not afraid to tell him, gently, that they feel he’s wrong – even crazy to think up things that every one of us do so many times in life.
President Trump – expand your staff. You have the ability to be surrounded by the finest, the most wizened, and fair-minded professionals who can give you virtually thousands of years of experience in governance, security, and even-handedness.
Reach out for them.
That’s a sign of strength – the kind of strength I am certain you possess. Yet business and corporate success does not prepare one for what it, I believe is the toughest job on earth that will only get tougher as the years go by.
From 1978 Jeff Koopersmith, Chief Legislative Analyst for Budgets and Taxation ran the US Senate Campaign for Ed Howard - PA in the primary, lived in Washington DC, and chose later to lobby for green and health legislation including drafting such laws including on Indoor radiation, fuel ethanol blends and manufacture in the US for clean air and for large conglomerates - women's health and wellness. Since 1988 he has been the editor in chief of American Politics Journal - the first political news magazine updated daily on the Net. It is American Politics Journal's 27th anniversary this year. Koopersmith in now semi-retired, writing books on endangered species, aging and the electronics industry. He continues to write opinion re Politics and policy and is the named Editor Emeritus of American Politics Journal. He attended college at UC Northridge and UCLA, at Southwestern School of Law, USC, and Columbia University as one of its youngest admitted students studying logic and semantics, chemistry, and English literature.
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