Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump: Moving Too Fast, Too Erratic, Too Unfocused, and Nearly Out of Control

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Donald J. Trump is not fit to be President and Commander-in-Chief of our country. Of all the blunders of Mr. Trump to date, and that list is long and only after one week in office, this may be his biggest blunder: The NSC Reorganization Memo. 
In a word, it shows madness run amok. The memorandum brief details: […] removes the nation's top military and intelligence advisers as regular attendees of the National Security Council's on the Principals Committee.
Instead of those top military and intelligence advisers, Mr. Trump established his Chief Political Strategist, Steve Bannon, as a regular attendee, whereas the chairman of the Chairman of the JCS and DNI (Director of National Intelligence) will be allowed to participate only quote: “Where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.”
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Face the Nation: “The appointment of Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history. The one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view. So it's of concern, this reorganization.”
With his permanent seat at the NSC meetings as a principal committee member, Bannon has been elevated above the director of the CIA, also who was not offered an open invitation.
Related links and other examples here from The Huffington Post and here from the Business Insider and here from Politico – check them out.
Highlights from those sources, in part:
One by one, Trump has decreed impulsive orders, un-vetted by legal, policy, or political staff, much less by serious planning. Almost immediately he is forced to walk them back by a combination of political and legal pressure — and by reality.
In the past week, Republicans from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on down have tripped over each other rejecting his view of Putin. They have ridiculed his screwball claim of massive voter fraud. 
Some run for cover on how to kill Obama-care without killing patients or Republican re-election hopes. This is actually complicated, and nuance is not Trump’s strong suit. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) warned: “We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created. It’s going to be called Trump-care. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), tried mocking Trump’s own nutty tweeting habits, by his own tweet calling a trade war with Mexico “Mucho sad.” 
Trump has proposed reinstating torture (water boarding, or far worse), but key Republican killed that idea. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sens. McCain and Graham also chimed in and no way. Thune, the Senate’s third ranking Republican said that the ban on torture was settled law and that Republicans in Congress would oppose any reinstatement. Trump’s own defense secretary (Gen. James Mattis) also holds that same view. Now, after blustering out his new torture policy, Trump meekly agreed to defer to his defense advisers. 
His “Muslim ban” has been capped by a Federal judge – by reining that and him in.
A lot more is forthcoming and needed – as they say: “The good, bad, and ugly” – so hang on tight… it definitely will be bad and ugly but I don’t anticipate much good.

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