USA: Secretary of Defense James Mattis – “Subject: Farewell Message” (31.12.2018)
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The White House continue its purge on its staff, the Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has been working there since Trump Presidency begun. Even the Department of Veteran Affairs was looking forward to have Shulkin at the helm in January 2017. Now in March 2018, he is gone. Just like so many, there has been so many people who has left this administration. What is more striking, is who the President has picked to be his successor.
The White House has picked his personal physician Ronny Jackson. He has been a naval officer and worked for two presidents before in the White House, but that as a doctor, not an administrator. He has no history of working a big administration. He has no prior knowledge of bureaucracy or the inner-works of government. Just like the President, who hires people carelessly. That is why the White House Communication Team got a new member yesterday, the former Disney Starlet Charlotte Sunshine. She will work in tandem with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Clearly, the shakes-up continue and is ever working. Ironically, Sunshine played a character in Disney on ‘Shake it Up’, the theme of how the President hires and fires personnel.
Now, that also Shulkin is gone, the man that the DVA was looking forward to work for and his leadership. Now, we will see how the presidents doctor will do and if the doctor get the clearance from the Congress, since as a secretary, he needs that, since he has no prior clearance.
At this point, it is hard to imagine more narrow and weird appointments, as the President are picking people he is watching on TV. He is not looking at experts or people in the fields of expertise, or experience. That is lacking, that is not important. Just imagine if Obama picked someone who was on Bloomberg or The View to be in cabinet. That would wreck havoc, but in Trump era its a Tuesday.
This White House is a mess, but a mess that the President created and wanted to create. At this point, he cannot blame anyone else, even though he will do it with passion on Twitter. It is weird, but natural at this point to hire his own physician. That should be a no-no, but here it is go-go. But this is the same government, that doesn’t care about nepotism or growing conflict of interests. Where the slumlords, the real-estate businesses and foreign investments are more important, than policy. Such a beautiful day in DC to be able to use the power for personal gain, just ask Kushner about that.
Now we know, that if your face on TV, you can be picked, if you speak well of the President, you can get appointed. That is the knowledge we can get from this. That is why Jackson suddenly gets appointed. Which is insane. Peace.
The White House changing heads and hats is going at a rampant speed, this time we now have in 14 months the third National Security Advisor, the first was Michael Flynn, who now has pleaded guilty in the Russian Probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Therefore, President Trump appointed Gen. H.R. McMaster. Who lasted until this week, when the Bush-hack and conspiracy theorist John Bolton. So the erratic behavior is not stopping. To count the members of senior staff and people leaving is a longer list, than the yearly drafts to talents to the NBA.
We can anticipate this changes as the Super-PAC of Bolton has been in connection with the Trump biggest donors, the Mercer family and the Cambridge Analytica. Therefore, this is the swamp eating the Presidency and also showing how political funding makes you pick the senior staff. And the Trump Presidency is one that does the blatant way and not really caring about the evidence.
That H.R. McMaster haven’t done much or done much to create more havoc, still the policies and the intelligence officials should worry now. Since McMaster at least had their back and trusted their judgment, now Bolton will come with an iron-fist and proclaim that war is the best defense. Like going in without forewarning and disregard to evidence. That is why he fits like glove into the erratic President like Trump. But the world should worry, because Bolton will narrate stories that fits his paradigm and create enemies, because he needs it.
You know that Bolton is trouble when the Economist reported this in 2005: “Democrats have expressed outrage. They had wanted to see more documents related to Mr Bolton’s involvement in several controversies. One allegation is that, in his previous job as undersecretary of state for arms control, he tried to fire a mid-level official who disagreed with his assessment of Cuba’s weapons capacity. There have been other reports of bullying and shouting at junior staffers. He is also accused of publicly inflating the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Syria. And Democrats want to know why he requested to see the classified, blacked-out names of some of his State Department colleagues that appeared in intelligence intercepts” (The Economist – ‘Bush stands by his controversial man’ 01.08.2005).
So its not like the most stable genius has hired the best man existing for the post. Just like Trump didn’t listen to advice about Flynn, he hired McMaster that didn’t work out, because he has a backbone and some sort understanding for his role in the cabinet. However, Bolton will light fire into anything and might create more controversy. That is needed so the news and indications of trouble for Trump can be put on Bolton, instead of Trump. Because Trump has problems with former affairs, Russian Probe and whatever else scandals he creates. Plus a trade-war and making a mess of Washington. There is nothing that is going smooth, because of Trump.
Just to prove further the madness of Bolton, Jonathan Stein wrote this in 2009: “One man that Bolton feels has plenty of backbone is the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who Bolton believes can sense Obama’s weakness and is already finding ways to test it. In Bolton’s view, the problem isn’t merely that Obama isn’t man enough to take on Putin; it’s that Obama desires the United States to become a second-class nation. “The administration wants to return to an arms control relation with Russia that will put us in a greatly weakened position,” Bolton maintained. Russia isn’t the only threat that Obama will fail to confront, Bolton said. North Korea, he claimed, is testing a missile that can hit Alaska and “possibly” Hawaii. With “further development,” he added, that missile could someday be used to attack the continental United States. And North Korea is small potatoes compared to Iran. “We have lost the race with Iran on the nuclear front,” said Bolton. “They now have complete mastery over the nuclear fuel cycle. And while in the long-term, the preferred outcome would be to change the regime in Tehran and get rid of the Islamic revolution of 1979, we don’t have time to do that before they get nuclear weapons capability.” Bolton expressed disappointment that the Bush administration did not use force against Iran. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd reaction, there are plenty of conservatives who think that Bush’s foreign policy failing was not preemptively attacking enough Middle Eastern countries” (Jonathan Stein – ‘John Bolton at CPAC: The Benefits of Nuking Chicago’ 26.02.2009, Mother Jones).
So seeing what sort of man he hired now, is even more out of line and out of bound, than Flynn was. Flynn was compromised by being a foreign agent without disclosing it. McMaster didn’t have the mind-state of Trump, but no-one who is sane wants that. Bolton got the same crazy solutions and the fanatic ideas that can destroy all the decades of negotiations and diplomacy in a heartbeat. Bolton, has the ideas and could make things worse. Because he will be as erratic as Trump.
We cannot expect the world to better with this sort of hack involved. We can just see how Attorney General Sessions and his use of the Judicial powers. The shameful era is there, the DoD is attacking its own soldiers, while President Trump is golfing half of the time. This will not be better, but only worse. Bolton, will not create a better world. I doubt that, the NSA is now a hack, a Bush-Hack. I never thought that would be thing to bring back. We just Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Just to put the spinning the wheels in favor of Lockheed Martin and Halliburton of the old-days.
We should hope McMaster lasted longer, it would be less damage, but now it will be more. The NSA has his third person in that role. That isn’t consistency, but nothing is consistent in the White House. The only thing is Pence, but he cannot be fired. Peace.