Director National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Removed from the NSC

January 28, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Fascism


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28 Comments to “Director National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Removed from the NSC”

  1. RepubAnon says:

    Recipe for disaster: President Trump.

  2. In a separate presidential memo, Trump reorganized the National Security Council to, along with other changes, give Bannon a regular seat on the principals committee — the meetings of the most senior national security officials, including the secretaries of defense and state.

    That memo also states that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise.” In the previous two administrations, both were included as regular attendees.

    I feel safer. Don’t you feel safer?

  3. AlanInAustin ... says:

    Must not let facts interfere with political expediency.

  4. Some are are beginning to talk of this as a rapidly developing “coup d’état”. WTF? Can’t happen?
    I’d call it more like a “Veto coup d’état”, with diffs, as described at the Wiki link below. I highly recommend reading the whole Wiki page through.

    Then arm yourselves ASAP. :[
    I usually seem to be ahead of the curve around here and elsewhere*.
    Y’all are finally beginning to realize the extreme danger we are in, NOW. I’ve been pointing the potential out since ~2006 (elsewhere then).
    These RW’ers are deadly serious. There are more of them than you think, but maybe fewer than we might imagine.
    They are unprincipled (no matter how many Constitutions they wave around), they are ruthless, they are focused.
    They OWN every governmental power now. They CONTROL the largest, most comprehensive and effective surveillance, police, and military the world has ever seen. The KGB, STASI, SS, Praetorian Guards, etc., now fall short of what could, may be.

    It is here, now.
    Reports of the CPB ignoring that judicial stay on trump’s “Muslim” border restrictions, and the reconfiguring of critical intelligence, military, and governmental structures in progress. Thia is just the beginning. They intend, they must, act very swiftly.
    It hardly matters whether we agree on the degree of Obama’s culpability for this. We all need to hang together, or we’ll all hang separately (to quote somebody or other). We do have a numerical advantage, if motivated (there’s the prob). (had some comments here ‘disappeared’ for suggesting one possible antidote to this disease)
    For a change I’m going to watch the Sunday morning political crapfests, just for grins…errr…grimaces; and also the Rev. John Hagee’s TV show, ought to be interesting (I suspect it is filmed on Wednesday? though…maybe last Sun, or live? Used to have a TDY apt. in view of his old Castle Hills church).

    *not ‘bragging’, it’s always like that (even named a kid Cassandra, ;] ). I share certain things w/for instance, the Clintons: HRC’s HS grad date, NMS & SAT scores/status, Big Dawgs supposed IQ#…but avoid most of what they’ve gravitated to. Only mention this crap because I’m totally freaked out now, thought I’d be gone before this chit could happen; but the world moves much faster indeed now.

  5. Sandridge says:

    AKA: Domestic Blitzkrieg™.

  6. In debate this is called a spread, the idea being you throw enough out their, some of it will surely stick. My daddy called it a dog pile, you pile on top and nobody knows where the ball is.
    Announce the Muslim Ban, send the VP out for the pathetically attended “pro life” march, and stage a Coup behind the scenes while no one is looking.

    The 25th Amendment- when impeachment can’t come soon enough!

  7. Robert McClellan says:

    As Boss Hog and the piglets put it “we don’t need an expert to tell us what we already know”. What keeps running through my mind is AC DC’s “Highway to Hell”.

  8. Linda Phipps says:

    We are no longer a nation. We are a football team, and the manager/owner is selecting players he feels will run the ball according to new, and ever shifting, rules, sometimes made up on the field.

  9. e platypus onion says:

    You need a smile-

  10. Tilphousia says:


  11. Where is the outrage from the Democrats?

  12. JAKvirginia says:

    Papa: Never interrupt your adversary when they are naking a mistake. Or something like that.

    But, yes. The silence is maddening.

  13. The outrage? Blitzkrieg is right. If anyone else is like me they are having that collective moment like I have in the classroom when a kid says something outrageous. You have that moment when you pause to figure out what in the hell just happened. Most presidents take time to plan out the feasibility and workability of such proposals. They plan for how best to announce it and roll it out. That more likely guarantees success but also gives opponents an opportunity to plan their response. This is the football equivalent of drawing plays in the dirt. It’s not exactly high strategy but the defensive coordinator can’t find it on the scouting report.

  14. Scott: That would explain the crickets.

    JAK: Perhaps the Dems and other interested gov bodies are just waiting for the right moment.

    Thanks for the perspective…

  15. After the US Declaration of Independence was signed, Ben Franklin remarked, “Now, gentlemen, we must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”

  16. JAKvirginia says:

    According to

    As Franklin was leaving the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a lady asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic”, Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

    Can we? Now’s the time to find out.

  17. This really does sound like nasty,nasty infighting at the top! the usual outcome is rolling heads. Flynn is the last person plus Bannon to be insect positions of power. As for signing the anon Muslim entry on Holocaust Day w/o one word being given in remembrance, there is no argument that Kellyann or anyone else in the WH can give that give them clearance for such an obvious premeditated omission. but there are two words I can say that fight the situation: “Oy vey!” It means: Oh, woe!

  18. Jane & PKM says:

    JAKvirginia, succinct as always and on point. I encourage everyone to contact not only their Democratic representatives, but also their snacilbupeR representatives.

    Let those miserable “compassionate conservatives” know the risks Donnie has done to us just this week.

    Do they surrender to Donnie and his family of oligarchs protecting their a$$ets at the expense of everyone and a war to the extremes we have never seen, or do the snacilbupeR in Congress stand to keep world wide peace?

  19. Bob Gates said that membership in NSC was statutory. So Chair of Jt Chiefs and DNI may not be eliminated without change in statute– i.e. Congressional involvement. I have not checked this. But its worth a look. If they want to add Bannon and others– okay– weird but fine. But eliminating people with expertise is a problem.

  20. Lunargent says:

    MC –

    Well, at least Bannon has served in the military.

    Just like Timothy McVeigh.

    And Lee Harvey Oswald.

    And Hitler.

  21. This just goes to prove that there are some dickwads in the White House he never got past the old boys club stage! As if prohibiting two members from attendance is going to keep them out of the loop! they will find out whatever they need to know no matter what. I have long thought the room used for that bunch was bugged. Yeah, I know it gets swept regularly but bugs can be turned off and become indecipherable!

  22. BBC got it right.
    Rod Serling is rolling in his grave!

  23. Jane & PKM says:

    Lunargent, let’s not forget little traitor Tommy Cotten.

    Service to the country is not measured by time in uniform. President Obama served us 8 years. School teachers, nurses, first responders and many others serve with self sacrifice and dignity for years.

    While Donnie and his clan serve themselves.

  24. JAKvirginia says:

    Jane & PKM: Not to crticize, but almost every person who wakes up and goes to a job, or volunteers, or raises children, or just stoops to pick up a piece of trash because it’s the right thing to do are serving this country. WE are America. Not the super rich. Not the powerful. WE are. WE make America work. And the reality is this — they wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for all of us.

    Maybe it’s time to remind them who exactly America is.

  25. Jane & PKM says:

    JAKvirginia, no. Awards for merely picking up after oneself is too close to the .01% ideal of participation trophies for being rip off artists.

    “they wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for all of us.” That’s for sure. But where I diverge is that too many allowed that to happen.

    Obviously not you or the patrons of the WMDBS, but the non involved have hurt us. Exhibit A – Donnie.

  26. JAKvirginia says:

    Jane & PKM: No need to argue about this but the trash picker-uppers are picking up other people’s trash, not their own.

    And the other point is we made them rich by buying what they were selling. We elevate them to power — by direct action or inaction. Either way, they are nothing without us.

    Too many times in modern history that is forgotten. The tragedy is when they convince us that we need them more than they need us. Trump can Executive Order as much as he wants. They are only effective if others follow them. What happens when those others all say NO?

  27. charles phillips says:

    PKM/JAK You’re both more or less right. However, now is not the time to pick fly shit out of the pepper. Now is the time to project our voices above the unheard rumble of the crowd.

  28. Putin’s Pawn don’t need no stikin’ experts. As long as you assume the position and re-enforce his prejudices you will do, but real facts and sustainable policy have no place in this administration.
    What’s good for Trump is good for America and the world. Don’t you know or don’t you?