Friday, April 7, 2017

White House Divided?

White House Officials Divided on Islam, ISIS, Israel and Iran by Soeren Kern
Excerpt: The decision to select Army Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond "H.R." McMaster to replace retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security advisor is setting into motion a cascade of other personnel decisions that, far from draining the swamp, appear to be perpetuating it. Trump has decided to retain Yael Lempert, a controversial NSC staffer from the Obama administration. Analyst Lee Smith reported that, according to a former official in the Clinton administration, Lempert "is considered one of the harshest critics of Israel on the foreign policy far left." Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who served as the NSC's Iran director during the Obama administration, is now in charge of policy planning for Iran and the Persian Gulf at the Trump State Department. Nowrouzzadeh, whose main task at Obama's NSC was to help broker the Iran Nuclear Deal, is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a lobbying group widely believed to be a front group for the Islamic dictatorship in Iran. (I know several people who were not happy with McMaster's book on Viet Nam and didn't think he was the best choice to replace Genl. Flynn. There's a lot going on in this Administration, besides the Trump ongoing circus, and the article brings up a lot of concerns. --Del)

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