Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Is Trump Taking Military Advice from Cap'n Apocalypto, Steve Bannon?
There was no shortage of prominent US generals on the airwaves today unpacking Trump's rant warning North Korea of "fire and fury" that would fall on Pyongyang's head if Kim jong Un made any further threats against America.
Those senior military officers all said the same thing. Whoever is advising Trump, putting apocalyptic images in his mind, it's decidedly not the man/baby president's in-house generals, Mattis, McMaster or Kelly. Retired four star general, Barry McCaffrey, ventured a guess that the message must have been planted in Trump's mind by Steve Bannon.
If Steve Bannon has become Trump's Secretary of War, that surely sets the cat among the pigeons for America's national security/intelligence agencies and its military establishment alike. It gives rise to a new and disturbing dynamic of a president run amok versus a corps of security and military leaders sworn to defend their country "against all threats, foreign and domestic."
[Photo, The Guardian. An effigy of Trump the Crusader was burned today during a religious festival in Spain]