Bob Woodward’s Latest Book Meant to be Hit On Trump May Actually Make Trump Look Good

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Kristinn Taylor
September 4, 2018

The Washington Post published a preview of Post reporter Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump presidency, Fear, that, contrary to the establishment view makes President Trump look good.

Woodward paints a portrayal of the Trump White House as having a “nervous breakdown” and an “administrative coup d’etat”. What comes across is what Trump supporters already know about Trump: He relies on his instincts, he is learning as he goes and has been beset by disloyal operatives determined to preserve the ways of Washington, D.C., and prevent him from ‘draining the swamp.’ Others come off as utterly incapable of understanding how Trump thinks and operates. That’s not to say Trump is perfect and beyond criticism or doubt, but that how he is portrayed in the book is from the perspective of those who don’t get him.

Most telling is when Woodward writes about Trump’s foreign policy. He scares the Pentagon with a request for plans for a preemptive strike on North Korea, rails about taking out Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime following a chemical weapons attack and he dresses down generals over their failure to secure Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war there.

“Woodward recounts repeated episodes of anxiety inside the government over Trump’s handling of the North Korean nuclear threat. One month into his presidency, Trump asked Dunford for a plan for a preemptive military strike on North Korea, which rattled the combat veteran.”…

“After Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate the dictator. “Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,” Trump said, according to Woodward. (Note, the Post published the profanity in full.)

Mattis told the president that he would get right on it. But after hanging up the phone, he told a senior aide: “We’re not going to do any of that. We’re going to be much more measured.” The national security team developed options for the more conventional airstrike that Trump ultimately ordered.”…

“The book also details Trump’s impatience with the war in Afghanistan, which had become America’s longest conflict. At a July 2017 National Security Council meeting, Trump dressed down his generals and other advisers for 25 minutes, complaining that the United States was losing, according to Woodward.

“The soldiers on the ground could run things much better than you,” Trump told them. “They could do a much better job. I don’t know what the hell we’re doing.” He went on to ask, “How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?”

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