Perhaps the scariest incident to date of Trump’s insanity was unveiled yesterday. Yesterday, he kicked the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of the CIA off the need-to-be-there list of the national security council. If they are needed, they will be invited. Instead he appointed his quasi-Nazi friend, Steve Bannon.
The NEW YORK TIMES: Separately, the president gave Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Committee. While elevating his adviser to a position alongside the secretaries of state and defense, Mr. Trump downgraded the roles on the committee of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
What that means is that any concerns the US might have regarding national security may not have the head of the armed force’s input. Nor the CIA’s. The Chairman of the JCS is the head of the army, navy, air-force, marines and special forces. In effect, Donald and Steve can now make war decisions without the top military general or the top intelligence officer even being consulted.
When Sal and I decided to come to Arizona, it was partially to finish the second book which, to be honest, is nearly done but still not a fun read. I may have to put it out just to get the monkey off my back. Sal was keen to put out a second book but was wanting to do something fictional. She wanted to ‘make stuff up.’
I already mentioned that her idea was to write a fictional account of two elderly Canadians who, because of Trump’s new edicts, have to flee the US. It is a plot based not so much on the edicts themselves but rather the mood those messages creates. Namely fear. At first, I thought it a cheap B plot and envisioned driving across deserts and hiding in culverts and all that sort of crap. Fun shoot’em ups. But, basically, I dismissed it and tried to make book 2 more readable.
In the meantime, however, Trump edicts are causing the exact mood change Sally prophesied. Right wing nut-bars opened fire on a mosque in Quebec City. Overly officious and likely racist immigration officials ignored legal rulings from judges and detained and barred-from-entry immigrants from Muslim countries. Canada’s minister on Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, had to get special permission to travel to the US because of the country of his birth, Somalia. Canada’s very own Prime Nice Guy has had to offer sanctuary in Canada for all those refused by the US. And the list of stupid situations resulting from Trump in office for just ten days goes on and on.
Gorbachev has stated that nuclear war is now more likely under Trump. China has stated that war is inevitable if Trump continues to meddle in the South China Sea. Millions of Brits are protesting Trump’s scheduled visit to the UK and only Vladimir Putin is pleased with the events transpiring so far.