At long last, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania paid a visit to U.S. troops stationed overseas, after a secret overnight flight to Iraq.
He did find time to praise Saudi Arabia, the country responsible for the assassination of a Washington Post journalist.
So much of the previously unthinkable has been done by President Trump that it is not impossible to imagine that he might regard a terrorist attack as a useful distraction.
"There doesn’t seem to be any strategic rationale for the decision."
When Trump finds himself embarrassed by someone, his go-to response is to claim he has never heard of them.
Many have believed Mattis has protected the country from the worst of the president's impulses.
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) made a massive purchase of stock in a defense contractor shortly after the negotiation of a massive increase in Pentagon spending.