Saturday, August 5, 2017

On Iran, Trump wants to start with the answer, then work backwards
"It’s important to understand that Trump, presented with evidence of a successful American policy, is furious – because he wants and expects the policy to fail. Last week, when it came time to recertify the provisions of the deal, Trump reportedly wanted his team to present him with a rationale for abandoning the international agreement. When reality interfered, and that wasn’t one of his options, the president reportedly “had a bit of a meltdown.” It’s a fascinating peek into how the amateur president’s mind works. He desperately wants to believe the agreement isn’t working, and when the facts point in a direction that makes him uncomfortable, Trump assumes the facts must be wrong – because his assumptions must be right."