The carnage continues. Two things in particular stand out.
1. Most ominously, Trump has installed his alt-right advisor, Steve Bannon, on the National Security Council, while removing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Director of National Intelligence. Here’s a post on that subject, written (or re-posted) by Dawn Hollier:”This post concerns Donald Trump’s elevation of Bannon to leading roles within the National Security Council. To review: the National Security Council (NSC) comprises 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. Its main job is to use this broad expertise to advise the President on national security matters and assist in carrying out security directives. Yesterday (January 28 2017) 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 adviser in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.”
Bernie Sanders: Very dangerous and unprecedented. It appears that Trump’s foreign and military policy, issues that involve war and peace and the lives of American men and women in the military, will be determined by politics and not the needs of the American people. We do not need an extreme right-wing political operative on the National Security Council. We need smart and experienced people who will do everything possible to protect our country and create a world of peace and justice. Steve Bannon must be removed from the National Security Council.
2. Trump’s anti-Muslim ban went into effect yesterday, which banned travelers from 7 predominantly Muslim countries. But not from Saudia Arabia, of course, even though 15 of the 9/11 bombers were from Saudi Arabia. Next to North Korea, the Saudi Arabian government is the most repressive in the world … but generally does our bidding in the region, beside buying billions of dollars of arms from us. The ban was protested as unconstitutional in a number of airports across the country, and was then partially stayed by two federal judges.
Traffic shut down at LAX. Photo by Andrew Miller.
Pertinent to both the above items is this excerpt from The Daily Beast, entitled: