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October 11, 2017 10:03 am - NewsBehavingBadly.com

Rex Tillerson’s expletive-punctuated assessment of dealmaker Donald Trump’s mental acuity made headlines last week.

Early this morning, NBC News revealed the decision by Trump that prompted Tillerson’s appraisal.

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

 

The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

Actually, Tillerson said “f***ing moron.”

We feel Tillerson may have underestimated the magnitude of Trump’s idiocy. One has to ask: is Trump unable to comprehend the strength that comes from reining in the deadliest weapons ever developed, or is he just a lunatic?

We are reminded of an ominous line of dialogue from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”:

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Dave "Doctor" Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes' Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan's radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan's not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.