Strange things occur to individuals who campaign for the presidency and then actually become president.
They boast about how smart and savvy they are on matters about which they have no experience. Then they learn that — by golly — they aren’t as smart as they proclaim themselves to be.
Donald J. Trump once boasted, “I know more the generals about ISIS, believe me.” Sure thing, candidate Trump, who had zero military experience — let alone political experience — prior to running for president.
Then he wins the election. He gets a few briefings and finds out the truth, which is that he doesn’t know squat about the Islamic State, its tactics and strategy or the best way to fight and “destroy” the terrorist organization.
The military then deployed its largest non-nuclear explosive device on an ISIS compound in Afghanistan, killing dozens of terrorists and destroying many tons of valuable equipment.
Now the president says he relied on “my military” to take care of things, that he trusts the brass implicitly to know how to fight the Islamic State.
It is baffling to me in the extreme as I try to understand how this guy got elected president after saying the things he did about the greatest military force in world history.
At least, though, he is acknowledging what he should have acknowledged all along. Which is that he doesn’t know “more about ISIS” than the career military personnel upon whom he will depend if he has a prayer of keeping his pledge to “destroy” the Islamic State.