I have no idea what it all means, but, while we were all donating to the ACLU and mobilizing to fight Trump’s Muslim ban, news came out that our President, by executive order, had removed the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the National Security Council, replacing them with his chief White House strategist, the controversial head of Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, the man who has taken credit for bringing the alt-right (read “white nationalism”) into the mainstream.
So, just a few days after several high ranking State Department officials were encouraged to resign, we now have news that the National Security Council has been reconfigured to remove those individuals with the most national security experience, replacing them with a propagandist who made news this past week for telling the American press, which he referred to as “the opposition party,” that it should “keep its mouth shut.”
Interesting, as MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber points out, this change happened at the same time President Trump signed the ban barring people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States… a decision which, according to Melber, was made without any “formal review by NSC lawyers, or by any agency, including DoD.” That’s right. This decision to block people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen, even if they held valid green cards, was not even passed by the National Security Council.
Something very seriously bad is happening, my friends.