Robert Reich: The Dangerous Rise of Steve Bannon – [newsweek.com] Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under President George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.”
Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, “I am worried about the National Security Council.… The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”
Here’s the big worry; Trump is unhinged and ignorant; Bannon is nuts and malicious. If not supervised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, their decisions could endanger the world.
In Trump and Bannon’s view, foreign relations is a zero-sum game. If another nation gains, we lose. As Trump declared at his inaugural: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”