One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I have good news and bad news.

Let’s go with the good news, first…

Stephen Bannon has been taken off the National Security Council.

President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing chief strategist Stephen Bannon from a key committee and restoring the roles of top intelligence and defense officials, according to a person familiar with the decision and a notice published in the Federal Register.

The realignment increases the influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose public stances were sometimes at odds with those of Bannon. In addition to gaining greater control over the NSC, McMaster will have the Homeland Security Council under his authority.

The change downgrades the role of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, who had been given authority to convene or chair the NSC’s principals committee under Trump’s original structure. He’ll serve those roles now as delegated by McMaster, according to a presidential memorandum dated Tuesday.

So this is good!


For this administration, anyways… which obviously means the definition of “good” used here is nowhere near the actual definition, and is closer to “better than we could have for, but it still sucks”.

And yeah, it absolutely still sucks.


Guess who’s replacing him?

Can you guess?

I’ll give you a minute…

Did you guess Rick Perry?’

Of course not!

Because who the hell would have guessed Rick fucking Perry?

Apparently… Agent Orange did…

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been added to a core group within the National Security Council in a shakeup of members announced on Wednesday.

Perry, the secretary of energy, was one of several officials added to the principals committee, the primary group of policy-makers for national security.

The 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, is annoyed.

The 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, is annoyed.

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