It's hard to believe that Trump eschews alcohol because he governs like a drunken sailor.
In November, scientists from 13 US federal departments, acting on the directions of Congress, produced the 4th National Climate Assessment, a 1,600 page tome. Congress required it be delivered to and then released by the White House. Trump's reaction? He claimed he had looked at it and then told reporters, "No, no I don't believe it." And that, as they say, was that.
Yesterday the chiefs of America's labyrinth intelligence community appeared before Congress and literally gutted Trump's claims on everything from the supposed threat from Iran to the fanciful idea that Kim Jong Un would ever give up North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
Today, the Emperor Struck Back.
"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" Trump tweeted. "When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"
Trump made no mention of Russia, which was specifically mentioned by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday as likely to target 2020 elections. Also left unmentioned was a response to intelligence officials' warnings about the threat of climate change.There was a day when a lunatic would be removed from high office for the good of the nation. Trump is in a bad way. His government shut down didn't work. His poll numbers are in the tank. There is a real likelihood of another deep recession before Americans go to the polls in 2020. The special prosecutor is closing in and DJT Jr., along with son-in-law Kushner could soon be indicted. Trump has created for himself not merely "alternative facts" but an alternate reality utterly detached from science, knowledge and intelligence. Reality is whatever he declares it to be. He is mad as a hatter.