Trump demoted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the NSC and jerry-rigged Steve Bannon into the system.
As the protest continue with Trump’s executive orders banning immigration/refugees from Middle Eastern countries (excluding those with his business ties), there was a quiet change that needs to be addressed: Steve Bannon has replaced or at least been promoted above the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from the National Security Council (NSC). (source & source & source & source)
“I am worried about the National Security Council,” McCain told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Bannon’s placement on the NSC a “radical departure from any national security council in history.”
This man now has control or at least influence of the group that discusses national security. And, just demoting the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman position and the Direct of the National Intelligence is a reckless move (source).
“Former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said last year that President George W. Bush instructed his top political adviser, Karl Rove, never to appear at a National Security Council meeting.
It wasn’t that Bush didn’t value Rove’s counsel, Bolten said – clearly he did.
“But the president also knew that the signal he wanted to send to the rest of his administration, the signal he wanted to send to the public, and the signal he especially wanted to send to the military, is that ‘the decisions I’m making that involve life and death for the people in uniform will not be tainted by any political decisions,” Bolten remembered.”
Even President Bush did not do this with Karl Rove.
“Quick background: the National Security Council (NSC) is a federal council comprised of important high-level government officials including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of National Intelligence. The NSC’s primary job is to use this broad expertise to advise the President on national security matters and assist in carrying out security directives.
Yesterday, the President removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the NSC. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.
This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.
Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.”
There’s a #StopPresidentBannon movement going on in Twitter, but we need to do a lot more.
Remember what Bannon said about “power”? (“Darkness is good”)