In the great Cold War Era movie, “The Hunt for Red October”, the submarine Captain (Sean Connery) needed two keys to fire a torpedo—his own, plus the one in the Political Officer’s possession. Soviet government units, including submarines at sea, had a (Communist Party) political officer to insure the loyalty of the Commander. Has a similar role been devised within the Trump Regime?
According to an article in The Washington Post, Cabinet Officers and Key Agency Administrators, have such an “eyes and ears” of the White House: political appointees, installed by the White House, who are charged with supervising the Secretaries’ loyalty, according to sources. That might explain why most department heads have not been able to choose their own Deputies, and few are in place. And thus, many key staff positions are vacant.
When I think of any President’s Cabinet, I have always considered the very most important positions, by far, to be the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury. Mr. Mattis, a retired four-star Marine General, had been confirmed and sworn-in on January 20, the day of Trump’s Inauguration. Wouldn’t a former general, who undoubtedly understands the operation of the Pentagon, have been expected to have Deputies confirmed by now?
As I pointed-out in my last post, I am concerned as to who Donald Trump has handed-off the responsibility of solving a situation, which is arguably the most dangerous one that confronts the world today! That is the situation with nuclear-empowered North Korea, which could set-up a potential face-off, tween China and the U. S. Besides SecDef Mattis, National Security Advisor R. C. McMaster, a current Army General, remains silent. And Secretary of State Rex Tellerson’s suggestion that the U. S. might make a pre-emptive attack—virtually on China’s door step—is downright scary!
Now, the Regime has suggested that the political appointees might have had heightened authority due to a lack of a complete Leadership Team in the respective departments. That sounds somewhat disingenuous, when you consider a retired general not having deputies in place, at the Pentagon, or Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, a former Secretary of Labor, not being adequately staffed, as well! The Departments are short-staffed on purpose!
Donald Trump appears to be running the United States via a Shadow Government, of powerful people, who report directly through a hidden mass of tentacles to his loyal assistants. The Trump shadow government appears to be run via a coterie of apparatchiks, who carry the title of “Senior Advisor”. Does that title sound familiar?
What is Donald Trump tying to hide by operating two governments: a visible one, that has been going through the usual vetting process of Congressional Confirmation; and a shadow government, which remains out of sight, unconfirmed or vetted by Congress; but, which conceivably holds the ultimate power? Former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama did not have such a dual operation. Why does a political novice, like Trump? And, who is the ultimate Puppet-Master?
Again, going back to the Defense Department, during a potentially dangerous situation of the highest magnitude, Trump apparently has not seriously consulted with his NSA McMaster or SecDef Mattis. Also, since Tellerson is apparently lost in Defense matters, who is truly in Command, when it comes to matters of National Security? Adding to the mystery: why was Trump’s Senior Political Strategist, Steve Bannon, appointed to the National Security Council?
As far as I m concerned–and as I connect the obvious dots–the man who does, in fact, control the National Security Apparatus also runs Trump’s Shadow Government. Can there be any question as to who really is in charge? Just consider which of Donald Trump’s close loyalists has always seemed to lurk in the shadows: Steve Bannon!
NOTE: Today, June 8, Steve Bannon had been lying low; however, he does occasionally appear in public; so, I wonder if he has remained relatively invisible while he concentrates on his Alternate Duties.. And perhaps, now its Jared Kushner’s turn to lay low for awhile.