This Is What Running The Gubmint Like a Bidness Looks Like

Tonight on The Apprentice White House Edition: Stable Jenius Signs Empty Papers

When President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, convenes meetings with top National Security Council officials at the White House, he sometimes opens by distributing printouts of Mr. Trump’s latest tweets on the subject at hand.

The gesture amounts to an implicit challenge for those present. Their job is to find ways of justifying, enacting or explaining Mr. Trump’s policy, not to advise the president on what it should be.

That is the reverse of what the National Security Council was created to do at the Cold War’s dawn — to inform and advise the president on national security decisions. But under Mr. O’Brien, the White House’s hostage negotiator when Mr. Trump chose him to succeed John R. Bolton in September, that dynamic has often been turned on its head.

Mr. O’Brien, a dapper Los Angeles lawyer, convenes more regular and inclusive council meetings than Mr. Bolton. But developing policy is not really Mr. O’Brien’s mission. In the fourth year of his presidency and in his fourth national security adviser, Mr. Trump has finally gotten what he wants — a loyalist who enables his ideas instead of challenging them.

I worked for several maniacs in Silicon Valley, and none of this would surprise me there.

You are only there to execute an order, not to advise or persuade. And if the Big Boss changed his mind, you had to change your plans in a heartbeat. And never, ever say to him, “But yesterday you said…” The only answer is “Yessir.”

I imagine this is how you bankrupt a casino, too.

First crisis, he’s not going to know what to do and will be like a Beagle in the vacuum factory.

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12 Responses to This Is What Running The Gubmint Like a Bidness Looks Like

  1. Scottie says:

    Hello TG. Like in North Korea, it is important to know when to bow to the Dear Leader and to speak reverently of the wonderfulness of everything they do even their poop, if they have one. What scares the shit out of me is that the evangelicals are pushing him to their mindless masses and that due to the way they have stacked the courts already separation of church and state cases are starting to go against the secular position in favor of the religious ones. I do not like to be alarmist but at this point we are fighting from the weakened position and will have to struggle to take the stronger defended position they have. Hugs

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    • w3ski4me says:

      I don’t care for conspiracy theories, and I can’t help but hate “the fearful”. Yet this is starting to make me afraid.
      w3ski

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      • Scottie says:

        Hello w3ski4me. Me also, it is scary what is happening in our country. Sadly it seems to follow 1930’s Germany really well. That means we have a real problem on our hands. Hugs

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    • tengrain says:

      Scottie –

      I know we are mixing metaphors here, but please review “The Man Who Would Be King,” and get back to us.

      The thing with religious cults is that when the Prophet returns to walk the earth, he always ends up being torn asunder by his True Believers when he lets them down.

      Just wait. The Xristians will turn on a dime and crucify Lord Dampnut at some point, probably sooner rather than later.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • Redhand says:

        “You’ve got to brass it out Peachy!”
        But I don’t see this cult turning on their Dear Leader. They are as debased as their God-King.

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      • tengrain says:

        Trump is a man of base impulses, and sooner-or-later he will have another Stormy Daniels moment, while in office and while the Xristians are proclaiming him the Chosen One.

        To the degree that the Xristians are charlatans, we can assume that they will roll with it, but for the sincere ones? Not a chance.

        There is no one as judgey as a Baptist scorned.

        Rgds,

        TG

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  3. Ten Bears says:

    Beagle in the vacuum factory? Shouldn’t that read Bassett hound?

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  4. Martin Pollard says:

    “If you elect a businessman, you’re going to get the business, and you’re going to get it good and hard.” – Jim “Stonekettle” Wright

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  5. Chris Papalia says:

    tengrain, Evangelicals already gave Trump “a mulligan” on the Stormy Daniels affair, being “finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully”; if they did it once, they’ll cheerfully do it again. (I won’t even try to assess the extraordinary lack of self-awareness required by evangelicals to see themselves as the victims of bullying.) Besides which, Trump only has to supress another story for nine more months; after that it doesn’t matter.

    The National Security Advisor is now a farcical cross between Joseph Goebbels and Comical Ali, tasked with gaslighting the nation: there is no Russian Interference, the economy is strong in the long-term, climate change isn’t happening…

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    • tengrain says:

      Chris –

      I admit I do not understand the hypocrisy of the Xristians, but I do understand the bit about being saved and the past sins washed away. But what happens to sins committed AFTER being saved?

      And if one of those sins ended with an abortion, I can only wonder.

      Rgds,
      TG

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  6. There is running a business and there is running the government. They are not the same. So far no dire emergency has hit the country (like a world war or catastrophic depression) that requires trump to be an actual leader or president. That said time for a cheating round of golf with the ass kissers and ladder climbers. And how can we waste more taxpayer serf revenue?

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