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Burn After Reading

I have nothing to say about the latest revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails, because Ross Douthat has said it all in pictures. Or, rather, the Coen Brothers did:

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This Kevin Drum post [11] is also worth reading, if you are still capable of caring about anything in this regard, and haven’t adopted eastern fatalism in defense of the West [12].

UPDATE: Ross Douthat’s perfectly-titled post [13] on the subject is an excellent rejoinder to the various [14] and in-isolation-convincing [15] arguments [16] that the smoking gun wasn’t really loaded:

[W]hile this is not direct evidence that the president of the United States was complicit in a virtual burglary perpetrated against the other party during an election season, it’s strong evidence that we should drop the presumption that such collusion is an extreme or implausible scenario.

Instead, the mix of inexperience, incaution and conspiratorial glee on display in the emails suggests that people in Trump’s immediate family — not just satellites like Roger Stone — would have been delighted to collude if the opportunity presented itself. Indeed, if the Russians didn’t approach the Trump circle about how to handle the D.N.C. email trove, it was probably because they recognized that anyone this naïve, giddy and “Burn After Reading”-level stupid [17] would make a rather poor espionage partner.

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4 Comments To "Burn After Reading"

#1 Comment By Anthony On July 11, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

It’s about time everyone agrees that the Trumps are just profoundly stupid people who happened to inherit a bunch of money. Let’s just enjoy the next 7.5 years of wall-to-wall stupid.

#2 Comment By Tidewater Virginian On July 11, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

All of these events are just more examples (as if we really needed any more) of why re-decentralization is needed. Less federal power and influence. Move everyone’s focus and the power back to the states, where it originally was (and used to be located up until relatively recently, actually). Think locally, act locally. It can actually happen (no matter what the naysayers say), if we just do it.

#3 Comment By Adriana I Pena On July 11, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

Too bad Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not real. I would have loved to see him slap the back of the head of the entire Trump clan saying “Stupid is not an option”

#4 Comment By bt On July 12, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

One of the goals of certain operations is that by simply showing up or taking certain predictable actions people can become compromised.

And once compromised they are subject to various coercions.

The goods in this case did not need to be delivered, as the meeting in itself was probably a bit of a “honey trap”. And doing it right in Trump Tower? That’s golden.