Don’t Know Much About History

The Trump Administration has brokered a deal normalize diplomatic and economic relations between Kosovo and Serbia. As anyone who can remember what was happening in the Balkans during the 1990s and the first years of this century can remember, this is a big deal. It appears that much of the press is too young to remember and/or too poorly educated in recent history to understand the importance of these two countries coming to terms with each other. That ignorance was demonstrated by the White House press corps during this afternoon’s briefing—and Richard Grenell called them out on their lack of knowledge. The question which triggered his comment begins at about 37:46 in the video. You can use the slider at the bottom of the video to cut to the chase.

Grenell: It’s really a crisis in journalism, and I think it’s because people are too young to understand issues like Kosovo and Serbia. How about a substantive question?

Reporter: I don’t think any of us came here for a lecture about our questioning.

Well, kid, do your job right, and you won’t need to be corrected.

The Stupid. It Burns.

Donald Trump has done more to hobble Vladimir Putin’s ability to act on the world stage than any of his predecessors. For example, Trump’s favorable treatment of fracking has kept the prices of oil and natural gas down, devastating Russia’s income as an oil exporter and severely truncating Putin’s cash flow. It’s the Democrats who espouse policies which are more favorable to Russia’s interests.

So the New York Times ran this yesterday—

That “warning” was supposedly contained in an intelligence briefing. If our intelligence agencies really think that Vladimir Putin would act so stupidly against his own interests as to try to interfere in the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, then it’s time for a top-to-bottom review of what’s going on in Spookville. Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence looks like a pretty good move.

Note to the Times: The Russian Collusion Hoax failed last year.