— TIME (@TIME) February 16, 2017
TRUMP’S INCOMPETENCE on foreign policy is further revealed through the New York Times, which is reporting that the president has decided to task one of Steve Bannon‘s billionaire pals to undertake a purge inside the intelligence communities.
McCarthyism is alive and well since Trump came to town.
Mr. Feinberg, who has close ties to Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, declined to comment on his possible position. The White House, which is still working out the details of the intelligence review, also would not comment.
[…] Reports that Mr. Feinberg was under consideration to run the clandestine service rocked the intelligence community in recent weeks, raising the prospect of direct White House control over America’s spies at a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Mr. Putin are under investigation by the F.B.I. and congressional committees.
The last time an outsider with no intelligence experience took the job was in the early days of the Reagan administration, when Max Hugel, a businessman who had worked on Mr. Reagan’s campaign, was named to run the spy service. His tenure at the C.I.A. was marked by turmoil and questions about the politicization of the agency. He was forced to resign after six months, amid accusations about his past business dealings. (He later won a libel case against the two brothers who made the accusations.)
Gone is the applause for Wikileaks, which Trump and Republican allies prodded on during the 2016 campaign.
Gone is the overt request from Donald Trump to Russians to dig around for his opponent’s emails.
Gone is the glee from Trump on illegal leaks meant to benefit his candidacy over his Democratic challenger.
President Snowflake has had enough.
It’s important to stress that Stephen A. Feinberg, the man who is reportedly to lead the intelligence witch hunt, appears to have less foreign policy experience than I do. I’ve been invited to attend innumerable national security seminars and forums in Washington, D.C. I’ve attended and listened to experts on national security and intelligence for well over a decade. This includes engaging experts on these subjects and writing on them for a very long time.
Feinberg’s contact with this community is mostly mercenary, with strong ties to the government contracting industry, according to news reports.
Cerberus, Feinberg’s private equity firm, owns DynCorp, which supplies security for many government agencies, but is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the State Department.
Remington Outdoor, a behemoth in the gun industry, is also owned by Cerberus.
And Mr. Feinberg once considered investing in the failed security firm once known as Blackwater, which has had to reinvent itself because of scandals.
Donald Trump has to be the most ignorant man to ever sit in the oval office if he thinks a purge of the intelligence community career professionals, people who put their lives on the line for this country, is going to right his presidency.
At this rate, nothing will.