White House Officials Divided on Islam, ISIS, Israel and Iran

The people U.S. President Donald J. Trump has chosen to lead his foreign policy team may complicate efforts to fulfill his inaugural pledge to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism” “from the face of the Earth” — a Herculean task even under the best of circumstances.

An analysis of the political appointments to the different agencies within the U.S. national security apparatus shows that the key members of the president’s foreign policy team hold widely divergent views on the threat posed by radical Islam — and on the nature of Islam itself. They also disagree on approaches to Iran, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the European Union, Russia, globalism and other national security issues.

The policy disconnect is being exacerbated by the fact that dozens of key positions within the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies remain unfilled. The result is that the administration has been relying on holdovers from the Obama administration to formulate and implement U.S. foreign policy.

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  • simus1

    This same excuse by Bush re the Clinton appointed holder overs resulted in massive numbers of them qualifying for permanent transfers into career civil service positions later for which they would otherwise lack any right to hold as outsiders if they had been told to leave immediately when Bush took over. The thought that Bush did this to buy some DemocRat party cooperation in congress for the early days of his regime seems like a good bet.

  • That picture speaks to me.

    • GrimmCreeper

      I’m fully on board with it.

  • Barrington Minge

    Even the Americans could hit that target…it’s big enough!
    ……if only……….