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May 6, 2016

Intelligence About Briefings

Clinton sycophants are worried about Trump?

Major party presidential nominees historically begin receiving intelligence briefings in the weeks before an election. There are obvious reasons for this: Candidates must be able to knowledgeably discuss national security issues, and they must be prepared to assume the office of commander in chief on Day One. Now the intelligence community faces a serious question that “beggars the imagination,” according to former CIA director Michael Hayden. "Given that [Trump’s] public persona seems to reflect a lack of understanding or care about global issues, how do you arrange these presentations to learn what are the true depths of his understanding?“

Indeed, knowledgeably discussing the issues is, to put it charitably, not Trump’s strong suit. His number one foreign policy adviser is himself, and it shows.

But Hillary Clinton will also be receiving these intelligence briefings. As readers may recall, she’s not exactly a trustworthy soul when it comes to handling classified information. That would be why she’s under FBI investigation for it.

Which makes it almost beyond parody to hear her media sycophants worry about Trump receiving the briefings. MSNBC’s Steve Benen fretted, "What would Trump do, for example, if the CIA told him that his anti-Muslim rhetoric was creating a national security threat? Or more broadly, has anyone started a pool as to when Trump might blurt out sensitive information he’s not supposed to share publicly?”

Particularly the second one may be a valid concern, but what if Clinton emails her latest briefing to her pal Sidney Blumenthal and the Russians or a Romanian hacker intercept it? Trump may be, as she’s called him, a “loose cannon,” but she has a proven track record of being untrustworthy and unfit for command.

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