And as for Day Six January 26, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
This from Fred Kaplan in Slate is remarkable. A management echelon of the US State Department has resigned en masse, apparently they were told to resign last week by tribunes of the incoming Presidential team but then there were second thoughts… Not sure if they walked or were pushed today. It’s not clear from the article. As the piece notes having tried to impose a bill for the ‘wall’ on Mexico and with a Mexican President backing out of a meeting scheduled with Trump and now a trade war breaking out with its southern neighbour, (and reading the link to this article it seems that the consensus is that the US may be walking into significant issues of its own making should tariffs be imposed) T. May having arrived in the US, there’s a remarkably chaotic situation in relation to foreign affairs management across the Atlantic.
But if this next is correct then there’s also a remarkable lack of communication within the administration…
Mattis and the new CIA director, Mike Pompeo, even seem to have mustered the leverage to derail an executive order that Trump was set to sign on Wednesday resuming operations of CIA “black sites” and at least reviewing U.S. policy on torture, which was ended in 2006 and is currently banned by law. Just hours before the scheduled signing on Wednesday, the New York Times and Washington Post reported in detail on this “draft” order—which stunned Mattis and Pompeo, who had heard nothing about it. In his ABC interview, which was taped early that day, Trump confirmed that he would be signing this order along with two others on building the border wall and barring immigrants from certain Muslim countries. By the time he signed the orders, the one on black sites and torture wasn’t on the table.
Though Trump, as we know ‘feels’ that torture works.
This ‘new’ radical right politics, and we see not dissimilar dynamics in the UK in relation to Brexit, sure is different.