There are no adults in the room, anonymous or not, diligently frustrating Trump's cruel, disastrous Mideast
policy, only arsonists - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - dousing the house with kerosene
New revelations in recent days from inside the White House provide yet more evidence of the disaster unfolding at
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
One of the most astonishing stories told in Bob Woodward’s new book, "Fear," is that of President
Donald Trump’s senior economic adviser Gary Cohn, who reportedly swiped a letter
from Trump’s desk which - had the president signed it - would have withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement
with South Korea. (According to Cohn, Trump never realized it was missing.)
More amazing still is the complementary claim by an anonymous senior Trump administration official that s/he and many
others are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations."
Such subversion of presidential authority is certainly problematic. But given an amoral president with a fifth- or sixth-grader's
understanding of world affairs (as Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to have described Donald Trump),
one can be forgiven for wishing for adults in the room.