Trump needs a snack, a nap and a blanket.
The commander in chief was too tired to come down to the Situation Room to learn about the raid in Yemen that ended in the death of 14 members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) along with 36-year-old Chief William “Ryan” Owens.
Trump was in the White House.
Four Navy SEALS were injured and 16 civilians – eight women and eight children – were killed when they were caught in aerial gunfire.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis kept Trump updated. Trump claims Trump was too fatigued to hold a civil conversation.
This is the first military action by the Trump administration.
This poses the question: how can the president smartly and effectively counter AQAP when he’s too sleepy to show up to the meetings?
Aside from the no-show Trump, who had five draft deferments because of college and a bum foot, the commander in chief showed disregard for local tribal and political dynamics which resulted in high civilian casualties.
But hey, it’s easy to authorize a raid if you’re not going to show up to clean up the carnage.
Especially when you’re tired.
This is Trump’s first covert counterterrorism operation. He conducted it without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.
Trump promises, “That’s what I do … I fix things. I straighten them out.”
Just after nap time.