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Feb. 1st, 2017 | 01:11 pm
location: underground
mood: worriedworried
music: Country Joe and the Fish

So, Steve Bannon is going to be a full member of the National Security Council. Does that worry me? A bit.

What worries me more is that the Director of National Intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are not going to be full members any more.

Actually, what worries me most is not any of these things separately, but all of them put together.

Why? Is it so important to me that these guys (the intelligence director, and the Joint Chiefs) get to be heard in these meetings?

That is important, but what really freaks me out is that they may not get to hear what is said in these meetings.

It sounds to me like someone is expecting, say, that the US will soon be in a "major shooting war" in the Middle East. So far, not news: Bannon has said he expects this.

But envision this: the military gets word that it is time to start such a war. Start dropping those bombs.

No, the White House clarifies, we don't mean start planning for it. We mean do it. Right. Now.

So there's no time to even think about how to minimize civilian casualties, but who cares? They're just a bunch of ragheads.

But that's not the main reason for this blitzkrieg approach. Our uniformed military, and intelligence agencies, must not know about the war in advance, because if they do, they'll leak it. Members of Congress will know. Maybe even -- gasp -- members of the public.

So then you'll have editorials, demonstrations, legislative hearings, perhaps lawsuits. Wouldn't it be better to skip all that, or at least postpone it until the bombs are already falling? We don't need no stinking public debate!

Do you think this is farfetched? Are you sure?

Stop for a minute and think about how the immigration order was rolled out. Are you still sure?

I'm not.

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