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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Politico on Bannon REMOVAL: The “big fight is between nationalists and the West Wing Democrats,”

-> a person familiar with Bannon’s thinking.
Who has spoken well of this demotion?
Karl Rove — who, as senior adviser to President George W. Bush, was not allowed to join national security meetings — said it was a move back to a better process. “It was wrong for him to be added in the first place, and it was right to take him off,” he said.
Even if Mr. Bannon really was removed only because there was no longer a need for someone to mind Mr. Flynn, Mr. Rove added, the end result was a victory for General McMaster. “It’s either a sign of McMaster’s strength, or the result is it strengthens McMaster,” he said.
Adam Schiff – “He didn’t belong on the principals committee to begin with — doesn’t really belong in the White House at all,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “I hope that this is a sign that McMaster is taking control of the National Security Council.”
Supposedly Rebekah Mercer (who is a huge donor, an EXTREMELY interesting person and was on the transition team) had to talk Bannon OUT of quitting.
The shift was orchestrated by Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, who insisted on purging a political adviser from the Situation Room where decisions about war and peace are made. The principals committee, which is led by the national security adviser and includes the vice president, secretary of state, defense secretary and others, is the primary policy-making body deciding questions that do not rise to the level of the president and framing those that do.
Viewing the multiple excuses put about by Bannon’s people yesterday is humiliating for them and for the ideas HE formed to win the election.
My feeling is that McMasters was promised, as a condition of accepting the job in the middle of post Flynn chaos, and the refusal of the job by others that he would get his own people and would run the NSC shop. Fine. But given what we know about McMasters ..and here is MORE…
He has endorsed  “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” by U.S. Navy Commander Youssef H. Aboul-Enein .. the point of the book?
Aboul-Enein’s central objective is to urge American policymakers to distinguish between militant Islamists such as members of the Islamic State and non-militant Islamists such as members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
What did McMasters say in the endorsement?
“Terrorist organizations use a narrow and irreligious ideology to recruit undereducated and disenfranchised people to their cause. Understanding terrorist ideology is the first and may also be the most important step in ensuring national and international security against the threat that these organizations pose.
“Youssef Aboul-Enein’s book is an excellent starting point in that connection. Militant Islamist Ideology deserves a wide readership among all those concerned with the problem of transnational terrorism, their ideology, and our efforts to combat those organizations that pose a serious threat to current and future generations of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”
and his Deputy Dina Powell…
Dina Habib Powell, 43, a former executive with Goldman Sachs, is the first Arab-American to join the Trump White House. She was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States as a child with her Coptic Christian parents. Fluent in Arabic, she worked in the Bush administration, on public diplomacy to improve perceptions of America in the Arab world.
Powell is also said to be close to many Democrats, including some who have worked in the Obama administration.
…there is a lot to be concerned about.
For those of you who feel McMasters wears a uniform and is tough on our enemies the way one WT Sherman must have been, I remind you that the institutional mind set of this same army (and our ENTIRE ARMED FORCES) result in superb reviews of performance time after time after time for an officer name Nidal Hassan, fired someone like Stephen Coughlin
Politico and the NYT indicate also (and TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT) that Jared and Ivanka want Bannon out, and Powell is connected to to Ivanka.
Those who want the ideas of this global war by the ASCENDANT FORM OF ISLAM upon those who make up their own laws by themselves as sovereigns on earth (i.e. democracies and republics) to conform to what was said and done from 9/11 onward have WON a significant domestic strategic victory. The POLITICAL CLASS has won this strategic victory. Oh, how is that struggle going for us?
Flynn, certainly had to be fired, but he and KT McFarland whom Powell is replacing are CLEAR EYED from an ideological and practical standpoint about Islamist war-making, and especially Iran and why Iran does what it does. That Mr. Trump appointed someone who demanded we conform to ideas and practices which are LOSING or leaving us stagnant in the war (2001 -now is not a win, or winning), is a very alarming, and negative outcome. It is, worst of all, either POOR JUDGEMENT, or a way-point marker that a very significant part of Trump’s campaign has purposefully euchred us.
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Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Rove added, the end result was a victory for General McMaster.

I hate to agree with Rove, but I must at this point -- based on the few facts we have.

It is, worst of all, either POOR JUDGEMENT, or a way-point marker that a very significant part of Trump’s campaign has purposefully euchred us.

Yes, those seem to be the two possibilities. Neither is a palatable choice.

I spent a fitful night last night as I tried to work out in my sleep what the hell is going on. I came up with the same either or.

Who else has Trump's ear? Daniel Pipes? Walid Phares? Somebody else?

Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:48:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Here's another possibility....Trump is strategizing for the 2020 election. His "Muslim ban" has certainly received one helluva lot of blowback.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:49:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

'strategizing for the 2020 election' >> euchre-ing for the future

Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:58:00 am  
Anonymous thelastenglishprince said...

“A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.” - Thucydides.

Problematic, is that the military has a robust configuration of officers who blur the lines between their military prowess and their ability to understand the granular issues of Islamic doctrine. True scholars should drive the policy which gives institutional umbrella to the military.

I well remember the time when months after 9/11 officers in my unit were heard to say "F-ck Islam" but yet none with whom I talked had bothered to pick up a Qur'an nor explore the issues of Islamic doctrines which repulse human liberty. In fact, there were none in my unit with whom I could intelligently discuss these issues.

I am also a bit leery regarding books written by Muslims to educate a Western audience about their "religion". The end product can be a corruption of Islamic tenets to make it more palatable.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:13:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

We now know, Trump is guided more by his emotions than he is by cold, hard analysis.

He's more concerned with Ivanka and Jared liking him than he is with doing what needs to be done on the world stage.

He may wind up being a great domestic President, but he will not be a great leader on the world stage.

... unless something happens which changes his emotions.

How pathetic.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 1:01:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Any political class win is a loss for the american people at this point.

They do NOT know better.
That's the demonstrable factual history of this.

The so called experts and careerists do not have better knowledge does NOT outweigh instincts of the full american ELECTORATE in an election.

Trump has FAILED THIS TEST and it boggles my mind to see the tortuous contortions on places like Fox to try and ameliorate this by pretzeling into a realignment which is no big deal.

The man in charge of the policy ideas which reach the president of the USA rejects any connection between terrorism and Islam.

How is this not a major loss? How is this not a major STRATEGIC error? How is this ANY DIFFERENT from what HRC stated during the campaign, and the attitude of Barack Obama?

If IBA and Geller are the only 2 channels who view this accurately (how about Spencer?) ..WHAT IS WRONG OUT THERE?

Thursday, April 06, 2017 3:36:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

"... failed this test."

I fail to see how this is just a test and not the whole game.

I did not vote for Trump to be more of the same. More of the same has led us to the brink of destruction.

More of the same at this point will only push us over the brink.

I can not see how this is not the end.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 4:12:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

If IBA and Geller are the only 2 channels who view this accurately (how about Spencer?) ..WHAT IS WRONG OUT THERE?

Good question!

Thursday, April 06, 2017 8:14:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

More of the same at this point will only push us over the brink.

I can not see how this is not the end.

I' feeling the same way, but not yet as despondent as you are.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 8:15:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

WHen Gorsuch is on SCOTUS, let's see if he goes all the way.

When the inevitable happens and there's some Orlando here again, let's see the response and if Trump is Trump, let's see if he goes McMaster's way, or the NSC empties out because he won't.

Thursday, April 06, 2017 9:17:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Yes, the next attack here on our soil we'll see if Trump will again say "radical Islamic terrorism."

Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:35:00 pm  

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