My sense is that those were drills. That's hard to conceal. That stuff from Pakistan was misdirection, cover, camouflage. I guess I have more faith in our government than do you.
People too often confuse the identity of the person currently occupying the office of President of the United States with "the government," which is a vast and highly complex network of institutions, existing at multiple levels. And you also need to bear in mind that there is a lot more going on in the world than "government."
Our late and longtime Speaker of the Ohio General Assembly was fond of making a point about how the GA passed more legislation effecting the lives of the people of Ohio in one session than the Congress of the United States did in five. For my own part, while I do pay attention to the larger stuff, my preoccupation is with local affairs--to me, being the closest, it's the biggest. I guess that makes me parochial.
While there are undeniably of lot of sheep in this country, the majority of us here are a little more sophisticated than you are inclined to give us credit for being. What would Marshall McLuhan say, I wonder? Some folks seem unable to distinguish media from reality.