Thursday, July 27, 2017

Regarding Harvey

This is not what I was expecting to read in leaks about the firing of Colonel Harvey.
[Derek] Harvey and McMaster “had different visions for what the position requires,” an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity told me.

Harvey was among the most hawkish members of the council on Iran, and is seen as an ally of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has clashed with McMaster. One source close to the White House with knowledge of the situation said that one reason for Harvey’s dismissal had been his perceived closeness to Bannon—although the same source insisted the two were not actually close.

Earlier this year, Harvey also reportedly compiled a list of Obama administration “holdovers” on the NSC whom McMaster declined to fire.

Since taking the job, McMaster has moved other Flynn appointees off the council, like former deputy NSA K.T. McFarland. He also attempted to fire the senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, earlier this year, but was rebuffed by President Trump, Bannon, and Jared Kushner.

  The Atlantic
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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