It’s pretty weird blogging from NY but I read an article online today that I figured was worth posting. We talked a little bit about the Cuban Missile Crisis this semester and how that relates to the power of the executive and the decision making process inside the White House. With the revelation that our incoming president will not read the daily intel briefs because he has like such a really good fabulous brain, POLITICO thought it was a good idea to remind us of the time that a daily intel brief saved the country from a nuclear war.
After the Bay of Pigs embarrassment, Kennedy vowed to never be swayed again. “All my life I’ve known better than to depend on the experts,” Kennedy lamented. “How could I have been so stupid, to let them go ahead?” When October 1962 rolled around, he was prepared. He knew the maps, read the briefings, and took advice from people without stars and medals on their jacket. Trump is surrounding himself with generals and refusing to read these intel briefings. Not like you needed another reason to be terrified of a Trump presidency or anything.