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Should Trump declare war, I hope for more accuracy about the underlying facts

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The president has now gotten some support for his “Fire & Fury” threat against North Korea from some more moderate voices, including one-time opponent Senator Marco Rubio and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language Kim Jong-un would understand.”

Indicating this wasn’t just an off-the-cuff ad lib, which is reassuring because you’re talking about nuclear war here.

And then, as I was listening to the coverage on the evening news, I heard this in Major Garrett’s report:

“Today, the president tweeted that he had ordered a modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and touted its unmatched power. In fact, it was President Obama who directed billions over many years to improve aging nuclear weapons and delivery and targeting systems.”

I suppose you could dismiss that inaccuracy as carelessness. But this is different than lying about birth certificates, or crowd size, or a wall you know Mexico is never going to pay for. Because it appears that we are now in the early stages of preparing for a war.

Should the day come for Donald Trump to make that speech from the Oval Office about why he’s about to do what everyone hopes he never has to do, I think all of us would appreciate a little more accuracy about the underlying facts than we had the last time.

Oval Office speeches tend to be less effective when they come from someone with a reputation for making stuff up.

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