After the president recently fired SecDef Mark Esper, for reportedly offering inane political advice and opposing an Afghanistan total withdrawal, the president went to work as a Director of Human Resources.
Dizzying day at DoD. Out: Policy chief James Anderson, UnderSec for Intel Joseph Kernan, Esper's Chief of Staff Jen Stewart
IN: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Acting UnderSec Intel, also Kash Patel as CoS. Patel and Watnick both central to Devin Nunes efforts
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Newsmax: “Esper was replaced by Christopher Miller, who had been the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The Pentagon said Kash Patel, who was the top counter-terrorism adviser on the White House National Security Council, would be Miller’s chief of staff. Patel worked as a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes, the pro-Trump Republican who chaired the House Intelligence Committee and now is its top minority member. While working for Nunes, Patel helped produce a memo accusing the FBI and Department of Justice of bias against Trump. In the wake of Esper’s departure, the Pentagon’s top policy adviser resigned, allowing that post to be filled by Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general who has called Obama ‘a terrorist leader.’ Tata failed to secure a Senate confirmation hearing in August and was performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy. The reshuffle raises the possibility that Trump will try to make good on still unfulfilled campaign pledges before Jan. 20, when Biden would take office if he is certified as winner of the election. Those include potentially ordering a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.”
Democrats suddenly care about defense? No. They just want to install their own people there. Thus, “It is hard to overstate just how dangerous high-level turnover at the Department of Defense is during a period of presidential transition,” said Rep. Adam Smith, the Democrat who leads the House Armed Services Committee. Smith needs the right people at the Pentagon to make it an international Meals on Wheels.
If we get out of Afghanistan it will be high time. The conflict has caused thousands of US military deaths and has cost almost $3 trillion. For what? To help a 12th century theocracy be a slightly less backwards 12th century theocracy? We should have done there what Rome did to Carthage, a purely punitive expedition. Then, let the UN clean up the mess. Instead, thanks to Dubya, we fell into another international quagmire. Again.