'Projection of incompetence': White House out of control, Commander-in-Chief not in charge – experts speak out

'Projection of incompetence': White House out of control, Commander-in-Chief not in charge – experts speak out
Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1148319797 WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Donald Trump with the "pointing index finger" gesture as he speaks at a campaign rally for Congressman Lou Barletta.

Americans and much of the world either went to bed Thursday night or woke up Friday morning to the news that President Donald Trump ordered a strike against Iran over a downed drone, then called it off in progress, mid-air.


Calling off the strike was the fourth critical action he took in the span of less than 12 hours. Ordering the strike was the third action. Saying a rogue Iranian military official probably was to blame was the second, and threatening Iran, possibly with military action was the first.

That was Thursday.

By late Thursday night The New York Times had broken the news of the strike that wasn't.

But additional reporting reveals many disturbing facts, leading to one unmistakeable conclusion: this is a White House out of control, with a Commander-in-Chief not in charge.

Take a look, for example, at this disturbing report from CNN's Alexander Marquardt, a Senior National Correspondent focusing on National Security. He makes clear Trump's not the one calling the shots, and is only making decisions to fend off internal bickering and power plays in his administration.

A Fellow at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center notes that the CIA is not supposed to be in the business of making policy decisions.

A professor at the U.S. Naval War College who is an expert on Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs sums up what's going on:

Then there's this warning from former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes:

Former Republican U.S. Congressman David Jolly delivers a breathtaking blow:

Here's a professor of international relations, political scientist, and journalist:

And if you think this episode is over, Newsweek reports it very well may not be.

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