Steve Bannon Removed From National Security Council

Chris Menahan
Apr. 05, 2017

I don't like this one bit.

Bannon is our guy and I trust him guiding our foreign policy a thousand times more than General McMaster.

From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON ó President Trump reshuffled his national security organization on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, from a top policy-making committee and restoring senior military and intelligence officials who had been downgraded when he first came into office.

The shift was orchestrated by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was tapped as Mr. Trumpís national security adviser after the resignation of Michael T. Flynn, who stepped down in February after being caught misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his contacts with Russiaís ambassador.

General McMaster inherited an organizational scheme for the National Security Council that stirred protests because of Mr. Bannonís role. The original setup made Mr. Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, a member of the principals committee that typically includes cabinet-level officials like the vice president, secretary of state and defense secretary. The original order also made the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence only occasional participants as issues demanded.

Critics said Mr. Bannonís presence in a national security policy-making structure risked politicizing foreign policy.
Foreign policy is political. This is pure gibberish.
...A senior White House official presented the move as a logical evolution, not a setback for Mr. Bannon. He had originally been put on the principals committee to keep an eye on Mr. Flynn and to "de-operationalize" the N.S.C. after the Obama administration, this official said on condition of anonymity to discuss internal dynamics. This official said that process had been completed.

But the reorganization seemed a clear victory for General McMaster as he struggles to assert control over national security. In addition to the changing membership of the principals committee, the new order also puts the Homeland Security Council under General McMaster rather than making it a separate entity, as Mr. Trump's original order had done.
How is McMaster different from any other two-bit neocon? Playing ball with these hawks is not a winning strategy.

Bannon said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal [ link]:
"Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function."
Regardless of the technicalities, it's a power shift away from our guy to a neocon days after this Syrian gas hoax which Trump and his UN ambassador Nikki Haley have blamed on Assad.

UPDATE: He's replacing him with fake-glasses Rick Perry!

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