Pitch Perfect

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, now that states are passing their own laws to allow college athletes to profit off their own names and likeness (thanks California), the NCAA says they're taking steps to allow all athletes to do the same.

Meanwhile, American farmers will plant their smallest crop of wheat in literally 110 years this season according to a Bloomberg survey. Low commodity prices and Trump's trade war have made corn a more attractive (profitable) alternative.

Finally, officials who spoke to NBC News off the record say some of the details Trump shared during his Baghdadi raid announcement were wrong or fake and they're afraid to actually tell him many details about anything.

A few of those colorful details were wrong. Many of the rest were either highly classified or tactically sensitive, and their disclosure by the president made intelligence and military officials cringe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The al-Baghdadi raid is the most high-profile exhibit of a reality U.S. officials have had to contend with since Trump took office: a president with a background in show business who relishes delivering a compelling narrative and deals daily with the kind of covert, life-and-death sets of facts that inspire movie scripts. [...]

"We agonized over what we would put in his briefings," one former senior White House official said, "because who knows if and when he's going to say something about it."

"He has no filter," the official added. "But also if he knows something, and he thinks it's going to be good to say or make him appear smarter or stronger, he'll just blurt it out."

As others have posited, it does appear that Trump only learned about the details after it was over.

Of course, the details he came away with were not real. At least not all of them.

  • Aynwrong

    Congratulations to those college athletes that are finally benefiting from the wealth they help rake in for the schools they attend.

    Farmers getting screwed? Again? Thanks Trump.

    If a Democrat wins in 2020 whoever it is that president should spend the 4 to 8 years taking every opportunity to point out Trump’s staggering incompetence and total lack of concern for just about everything. Every time a Republican questions his/her judgement regarding anything (especially foreign policy) the immediate response should always be:


    • Christopher Foxx

      They should. Ab-so-FUCKING-lutely. They shouldn’t let a single one of the inevitable reality-denying criticisms from Republicans pass without forcefully shoving it back down their throat.

      But these are Democrats. So they’ll say “Don’t rock the boat” and “We go high” and “We don’t want to make them angry at us.”

      • Aynwrong

        The only way I want to hear Democrats talk about “going high” is if it’s “going high enough to kick their teeth in.”