Childish Assumptions

A good many people make childishly grandiose assumptions about Presidents; and many seem senescently forgetful about the failings and limitations of past Presidents. It’s foolish to suppose that the President, ANY President, is aware of every spying practice going on in the vast, complex, probably paranoically bloated U.S. intelligence community, especially practices established during a previous Presidency, which intelligence services won’t mention if they don’t have to as they don’t want to give anything up. A President gets some intel reports but, naturally, not all intel reports. Right, the NSA thing; the spying on Merkel and so on…

If you’ve ever considered the sheer hugeness of the State Department and its network of embassies–and the extent of its military defense affiliations–then you will not be likely to suppose that any President knows *everything* about that network or those affiliations–or that they’re in on the thing instantly when there’s any discussion of danger to an embassy, since embassies are at constant risk in today’s world. Right, Benghazi…

A President keeps numerous plates in the air. Obama himself had to deal with many crises, like the BP spill, and so on. An administration has to triage information for the President; they have to prioritize it. And–Presidents have to delegate. They have to trust other people with the development of government websites. . .

A President works in overall patterns; mostly a President works in generalities, and *sometimes* in specific details. Grown ups know this. Many commentators who don’t seem to know it, do actually know it–but they get more time on TV and they get more ink if they pretend not to know it…

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