Trump, a career businessman with no national security experience, has long taken positions that have alarmed intelligence officials, such as supporting torture and suggesting that it’s OK to kill the family members of terrorists.
His choice of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a man who promotes conspiracy theories on Twitter, as his national security adviser has unnerved observers. And his apparent reluctance to accept daily intelligence briefings since winning on Nov. 8 has fueled concerns that Trump will assume the presidency blind to the dangers facing the United States.
I’m reminded of what Gust Avarakotos said of Harold Holt in Charlie Wilson’s War. Substitute Trump for Holt, and you’ve just about got it:
Charlie Wilson: I stood in Harold Holt’s office in Islamabad, and I offered him the keys to the safe. I said to him, “What do you need?” And I was apparently annoying him
Gust Avrakotos: Well, that’s because Harold Holt is a tool. He’s a cake-eater, he’s a clown, he’s a bad station chief, and I don’t like to cast aspersions on a guy, but he’s going to get us all killed.
Trump in a nutshell.