Dissertation, clearly reflected his allegiance to the academic liberal mindset. He got two of his stars
Under Obama. This is particularly troubling in light of the situation in Syria. We are in Serious danger of evaluating and acting on the basis of counterfactual knowledge and Intelligence."
- 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.
- "The people who are handling key elements of those conflicts now
are the same people who handled those areas under Obama, despite the
results of the last election. No wonder the results look equally awful."
— Lee Smith, Middle East analyst.
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