I saw an interview of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – Romney/Pierre Delicto Lite – on the news wherein he expressed outrage that the key briefers in regard Iran didn’t want to debate with the US Senate as part of their briefing. (more here from Fox News)
“I want to state at the outset: I support President Trump,” Lee began, telling reporters that he appreciated the administration’s efforts to keep the U.S. out of war. “The briefing lasted only 75 minutes, whereupon our briefers left. This, however, is not the biggest problem I have with the briefing, which I would add was probably the worst briefing I’ve seen at least on a military issue in the nine years I’ve served in the United States Senate.”
The briefers included Vice President Pence, SECSTATE Pompeo, DCI Haspert, and DNI Joseph Maguire. The briefing was classified, but many present in the room, your elected representatives, were known traitors, who would immediately leak anything they heard to America’s enemies. (Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Teheran said she has PTSD from the briefing) Thus, the briefers shared generalities, and when called upon by members of the legislature to offer opinions, they declined.
This is emblematic of other changes being made at the White House to tighten things up. You can read more about that here in an article by Bill Gertz of the Washington Times. NSC chief slashing Obama’s ‘bloated’ staff to create efficient, tight-lipped White House operation
President Trump is downsizing the National Security Council, eliminating the Obama appointees. 43 NSC staff officials returned to their home agencies as part of the first cut. The NSC draws its membership from the US military, intelligence agencies, the State Department, Treasury Department, law enforcement, etc. So they’re not fired, just sent back.
“Under President Obama, the NSC staff mushroomed to as many as 450 people. Mr. O’Brien plans to cut the staff to fewer than 120 policy officials by early next year.”
The Deep State vs The Deep State
“The Deep State” is not monolithic. There are a number of power centers and sometimes they cooperate, just as often, they don’t. Nobody trusts the Congress to not betray the nation. There are individual members who are trustworthy, but if you’re going to brief that collection of rogues, traitors and mountebanks, you’re certainly not going to make them a present of information that they will share with their various sponsors.
If you patch the impeachment mess on top of all of this dysfunction, you get a gordian knot that’s really difficult to cut. And we owe a lot of the trouble that we’re experiencing to the corrupt, lying, filthy, smug, sly mainstream media. They were supposed to be a watchdog and they turned into a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.
We need four more years of President Trump to begin to sort this mess out.
Unfortunately, these days media only answers to money. That's the story in almost every corner of the world.
"We need four more years of President Trump to begin to sort this mess out."
Fully agree that we need four more years of President Trump; but, much of the mess can be sorted out in a much shorter, albeit, dynamic time frame.
Thanks for the post.
Paul L. Quandt
Some argue that there's something like a DS civil war going on. Speaking of which, respect to Admiral Rogers.
Four more years? YES.
Four more years my ass…….how about 16 more years!
locked and Loaded/tworesqu7
Would be great if it wasn't illegal
Yes, Ms. Assassin. Integrity in news reporting is dead. They want to make THEMSELVES the story rather than report the news. Or they use clickbait to generate interest.
By eliminating 3/4 of the NSC staff, things will get leaner, meaner, and more controlled. No more leaks from the left overs from the Obamanation.
Admiral Rogers is about the only person of high rank in that group of criminals who has integrity.
There is a DS civil war brewing and it's spurred on by Bernie being the likely Democrat candidate. It becomes a vote on communism, or a free America.
Hopefully we can get somebody groomed up to take President Trump's mantle. I don't know who it will be. Pompeo and Haley want it.
I'd like to see every member of Congress made to sign a notice of the penalties for releasing classified information prior to every classified briefing. No sign, no briefing. Then wait a couple of months as they are fed briefings and work hard to trace every leak. After a while, announce indictments and security clearance revocations on half a dozen congressional staffers. Prosecute them to the hilt. No plea bargains unless the completely flip and testify. Then come back with multi count indictments on the top twenty offenders. Round three is indictments on sitting members of Congress. That might make a difference.
Concur, glad they didn't 'bite' on the questions from the congresscritters. They don't have a NEED TO KNOW, plain and simple.
It's arguable that Trump's biggest mistake was to not fire every single Obama appointee or hire. He got rid of some, but not enough.
As for cutting the size of the NSC: it's about time. The private sector has been getting the "do more with less" talk for the last, oh, I don't know, all of recorded history!!
The senior Senator from Utah has an ego problem, thinks he is far more important than he is, IMO. The junior senator from the Beehive state is just a pompous ass.
Don Trump, Jr.
Nice guy but lacks experience. He doesn't have dad's gravitas in my opinion.
The rest of us who have signed and signed and signed security disclosure forms would be slaughtered and sent to Ft. Leavenworth or the Portsmouth Naval Prison until we died of old age feel the same way that you do. But Congress would vote themselves out of the situation.
No they don't and the Defense Department isn't going to budge.
Both are shameful, and their egos are boundless. In Arizona we rid ourselves of Senator Jeff Flake, who was just as much of an ass and shared their faith.
Agreed on all counts.
Manchurian Ohmar needs to be drummed out of the USA…what a vile piece of human debris. Her obvious alliance to those who transported her sorry — here (including Obama) are pinching themselves on how stupid the American Left is.
I agree the "deep state" is not monolithic but is composed of multiple factions each with different agendas. If Trump can succeed in setting these factions against each other, something he seems to be good at, it can give him a good tool to curb their power.
And severely limiting the actual information given in briefings to congresscritters is essential now considering how many of them are blatant and open traitors.
Yeah, it's no wonder that the deep state doesn't want to brief these enemies of the state as to methods, sources, warnings and intentions.
And the deep state is very divided on a number of issues. The old, white, Democrat men (communists for the most part) don't hold much appeal to the donkeys and it looks to THEM as if they'll have four more years of Trump (MAGA)
True. I don't like political families, anyway.
In the Philippines back inthe late 1980s, the NPA (New People's Army, i.e. Filipino communists), assassinated COL Nick Rowe, an intelligence officer and military advisor, in Manila. The word was that he was behind a successful effort to penetrate the NPA, and sowed enough bad info that in their internal purges to eliminate 'traitors', they slaughtered a significant portion of their own leadership. He was assassinated in Manila in 1989 by the NPA. Nick Rowe had been captured by the VC in Vietnam and was held by them for 5 yearsbefore a (finally) successful escape. He was the man.
The question is, how to turn the factions of the Derp State against themselves and cause them to score a few own goals?
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