Skip to comments.The Leak Factory at the NSC is Finally Being Addressed
Posted on 01/02/2020 4:01:53 AM PST by EyesOfTX
Better late than never; but dang, this is really late. The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that National Security Advisor Robert OBrien is finally getting around to radically reducing the staff of the illegal leak factory and nest of subversion that is the National Security Council. This is a job that should have been done during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, but didnt because President Trumps first pick for the job, General H.R. McMaster, was himself a deep state leaker, and his second choice, John Bolton, was a neocon whose only interest was in finding ways to keep us in interminable wars in the Middle East and trying to provoke new ones.
With Mr. OBrien, who just came into the job this past September, the President appears to have finally found a man who understands the internal threat the NSC staff have represented to this Administration and is focused on ending that threat. The way to end it is to rid the agency of its myriad subversive staff, and the best way to do that is with a massive, targeted down-sizing. From the Washington Times piece:
The White House National Security Council staff is being downsized sharply in a bid to improve efficiency within the policy coordinating body by consolidating positions and cutting staff.
A second, unspoken thrust of the overhaul is a hoped-for end to what many critics see as a string of politically damaging, unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information. Leaks of President Trumps conversations with foreign leaders and other damaging disclosures likely originated with anti-Trump officials in the White House who stayed over from the Obama administration, according to several current and former White House officials.
White House National Security Adviser Robert C. OBrien is leading the NSC reform effort. He revealed in a recent interview with The Washington Times that 40 to 45 NSC staff officials were sent back in recent months to the agencies where they originally worked, with more likely to be moved out.
Not surprisingly, the NSC staff became absurdly bloated during the Obama Adminstration which bloated every agency of the federal government as the secretive, radical control freaks on the Obama senior staff attempted to centralize functions better done within the State or Defense Departments (or, frankly, not done at all) within the White House:
Under President Obama, the NSC staff mushroomed to as many as 450 people. Mr. OBrien plans to cut the staff to fewer than 120 policy officials by early next year.
The downsizing will be carried out by consolidating positions and returning officials to agencies and departments such as the CIA, the State and Defense departments and the military.
Mr. OBrien noted that the NSC had a policymaking staff of 12 in 1962 when President Kennedy faced down the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis. During the 2000s and the George W. Bush administration, the number of NSC staff members increased sharply to support the three-front conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.
However, it was during the Obama administration that the NSC was transformed into a major policymaking agency seeking to duplicate the functions of the State and Defense departments within the White House.
The NSC staff became bloated during the prior administration, Mr. OBrien said. The NSC is a coordinating body. I am trying to get us back to a lean and efficient staff that can get the job done, can coordinate with our interagency partners, and make sure the president receives the best advice he needs to make the decisions necessary to keep the American people safe.
In the Obama administration, NSC officials wielded enormous power. NSC staff members were known to telephone commanders in Afghanistan and other locations in the Middle East with orders a violation of the militarys strict chain of command, said military officials familiar with the calls.
The problems with disloyalty and leaking on the NSC staff have been myriad since the day President Trump assumed office. McMaster was an Obama loyalist to begin with, and refused to do any house-cleaning during his two years in the job, and Bolton was simply disinterested in getting the crucial house-cleaning done.
The poster child for the NSCs disloyalty to the current Administration and propensity for leaking classified information is, of course, Alexander Vindman, who became a key witness for the Democrat impeachment clown show. Although OBrien said in November that Vindman would be rotated back to his previous job at the Department of Defense, he remains on the NSC staff today. Hopefully, he will be one of the early casualties of this downsizing.
The subversive nature of many on the staff at the NSC has been an intolerable situation since Day 1 of the Trump Administration. It is long past time someone began to address it. Kudos to Mr. OBrien for being the guy to finally get it done.
That is all.
I can hear the “thwap” of WASHINGTON cleaning brooms all the way up here in Northern Maine.
Oh how the swamp doth protest.
It will do its last reak of leak this week.
“...President Trumps first pick for the job, General H.R. McMaster, was himself a deep state leaker, and his second choice, John Bolton...”
Let’s not send General Michael Flynn down the memory hole.
I admit, as aware as I am of bloated government, I was astonished to read this. I thought the NSC was small, maybe 20 or 30 people!
Wow. I often try to grasp the scope of government waste by looking at all the "small" pieces of largess from taxpayer money I see locally...some kind of study to look at the habitat of some salamander, a bike trail, a new state park building, some program for jobless youths, a grant to promote art in some way, and so on, and visualize that on a federal scale.
Same with this NSC staffing level. This is one tiny, minuscule part of one segment of government. What must it be like at HHS in the department that manages things like "Midnight Basketball" or some of the more obscure ones? All of that adds up.
There was a great article at the Cato Institute that the graphs shown below are from: Which are the largest Federal Agencies?
Two graphs show this story, one of where the big money is, and one of which ones should be cut:
This one shows the three biggest agencies:
This one suggests which ones would be great to cut:
map, in what way directly related to this article, exactly?
General Flynn has been sinned against far more as the victim of government leaks including those from the NSA than he has sinned, to my knowledge.
Regardless of what you think of General Michael Flynn, every single citizen of this country should be pulling for him to be pardoned, to have those responsible punished, to have his reputation restored, and to have damages paid to him in compensation.
Flynn only had the job for three weeks.
“Flynn only had the job for three weeks.”
Thank you for not writing him out from history. This great patriot was the first.
“.. in what way directly related to this article, exactly?”
This article omits the existence of Trump’s first NSA who would have served our country well had he not been set up by the coup plotters.
“This is a job that should have been done during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, but didnt because President Trumps first pick for the job, General H.R. McMaster...”
No wonder policy is so screwed up. There is no way that a group of over 450 people can even come to a decision let along a good and workable one.
I can also remember when it was much smaller, and it even seemed to work.
Ahh. I see. I felt the same way, I just misunderstood your post.
Good point, they took out the person who might have helped out with that, then complained about the situation.
Kind of like a kid who murders his parents then begs for mercy because he is an orphan...
Many of them should be moved out of the White House and into a prison cell. All 0bama hold-overs should have been fired or removed the very first month Trump was in office.
HitH is Vindman still there?
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