Chief strategist Steve Bannon was President Trump’s most inspired and best pick. If anyone had any doubt as to Trump’s depth of understanding of the problems we face from jihad terrorists and left-wing radicals, Bannon assuaged those concerns.
So this is not good. Bannon was the one person in the Trump administration whom those fighting in defense of freedom were counting on. The trimmers and the Islamic apologists are winning. Trump is repeating the same mistakes that Bush made. He, too, had warring factions in his administration — Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton versus Powell, Rice, Burns and Hadley. The trimmers almost always win, because in any compromise between good and evil, evil wins.
“In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win” Ayn Rand.
This is a slippery slope, Mr. President — one you do not want to go down. Less Jared, Mattis and McMaster, Mr. President. More Bannon.
–Unfit for Duty: Gorka and McMaster
—McMaster breaks with Trump on “radical Islamic terrorism,” claims terrorists are “un-Islamic”
—NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”
—“Mattis says al-Qaeda terrorists “defame Islam”
—Mattis appointment of Obama stooge and terror supporter Anne Patterson
This move is coupled with this:
The decision to select Army Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to replace retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security advisor is setting into motion a cascade of other personnel decisions that, far from draining the swamp, appear to be perpetuating it.
Trump has decided to retain Yael Lempert, a controversial NSC staffer from the Obama administration. Analyst Lee Smith reported that, according to a former official in the Clinton administration, Lempert “is considered one of the harshest critics of Israel on the foreign policy far left.”
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who served as the NSC’s Iran director during the Obama administration, is now in charge of policy planning for Iran and the Persian Gulf at the Trump State Department. Nowrouzzadeh, whose main task at Obama’s NSC was to help broker the Iran Nuclear Deal, is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a lobbying group widely believed to be a front group for the Islamic dictatorship in Iran.
“The people who are handling key elements of those conflicts now are the same people who handled those areas under Obama, despite the results of the last election. No wonder the results look equally awful.” — Lee Smith, Middle East analyst.
Source: Soeren Kern
Bannon Loses National Security Council Role in Trump Shakeup
by Jennifer Jacobs, April 5, 2017:
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.
Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee.
Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment.
A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.
Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13 for not disclosing to the president or to Vice President Mike Pence the extent of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, before Trump’s inauguration.