By Chris Rossini
The constant refrain is that Donald Trump is taking on "the establishment". Well, Trump has started to name several individuals that he'll be surrounding himself with, and they're about as establishment as it gets!
First, let's not forget that Trump revealed his closeness to Rudy Giuliani. If you're looking for advice on winding down America's lost cause wars, you don't look to Rudy Giuliani, that's for sure.
Next, is Donald's long-time friend Chris Christie, whose over-the-top warmongering should still be fresh in everyone's minds. Rand Paul, during one the Republican debates reached his limit. Rand finally said of Christie: “I think if you’re in favor of World War III, you have your candidate.”
Christie is now on Team Trump.
Next, Trump has named as top National Security Advisor, the current president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.
For those who don't know, The Council on Foreign Relations literally is an establishment institution. You can't get more establishment than the CFR.
Robert Wenzel once attended a private reception for Richard Haass. In his observations, Wenzel wrote:
During the reception he [Haass] said that the United States should stop its fixation with the "Greater Middle East." He said there are no great powers in the Middle East, thus less focus needs to be given to the region. He said the focus needs to be "dialed down." On the other hand, he said the US should "dial up" involvement in Asia, with more of a military presence in the area and more diplomatic dialogue.
This matches Trump's tactic of pointing out obvious U.S. failures in the Middle East, but also with wanting to stir up trouble in Asia, or "dial up" trouble in Asia to use Haass' vernacular.
What a terrible idea! Such actions will not solve the tremendous drain that the warfare state places on our lives and liberty. It merely channels the drain in a different direction! Bush could've done that!....Obama can do that!
Trump has named Sen. Jeff Sessions as Chairman of his National Security Advisory Committee.
Target Liberty points out that Sessions:
Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
This is supposed to be anti-establishment?
The establishment will continue to sleep like babies at this pace. They're already 4-for-4 on getting in the Trump circle.