Bad news, regardless of whether Trump knew about bounties

So did he or didn’t he? It hardly matters whether Donald Trump knew about Russian bounties paid to the Taliban or not. If he did, would it be unreasonable to expect the commander in chief to make it public and take some action against Russia? If he didn’t, an even bigger question; why didn’t he?

The White House claims that the president didn’t know. The intelligence community says categorically that it was included in his briefings early in 2019. Someone is wrong. If you give Trump the benefit of the doubt, and he didn’t know, then it was either because he didn’t read his intelligence briefs, or because he, uh, didn’t see the significance, or uh, forgot?

To reiterate, this guy is the president. This kind of detail is more important than his golf handicap. If he is to be believed, then the intelligence community is lying. The “Deep State” paranoia rears its ugly head, and an extremely unlikely scenario must be believed. My, my, my. The Donald defends himself so eloquently, it’s hard to know which way to turn.

Tony Smith


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Aug. 13

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

If we are to avoid the extinction of salmon runs and orcas, talks regarding the dams should continue.

Comment: Harris’ elevation to ticket has been long time coming

Following many women before her in politics, Harris could deliver final blow to the glass ceiling.

Comment: During Covid, cancer patients now face lonely fight

Cancer patients and their families are forced to adapt to harsh complications for an already difficult fight.

Experience shows security for mail-in ballots

President Trump has shared concerns and threats about the validity of mail-in… Continue reading

Loss of parking from road project will hurt Lynnwood business

The gas tax pays for Washington roads. bridges, tunnels and ferries, so… Continue reading

Are vacation spots responsible for virus tranmission?

While Washington state sees viral growth from improper group gatherings at resorts,… Continue reading

Minimum wage denies access to ladder of success

The ladders to success is a taboo subject, apparently. It has to… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Aug. 12

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Most Read