Here's How Bad It Is

Mary Altaffer

Here are two paragraphs from a piece just out from The Washington Post you really need to read right now.

A former U.S. official with ties to the Trump team described the ousters of Rogers and others as a “bloodletting of anybody that associated in any way on the transition with Christie,” and said that the departures were engineered by two Trump loyalists who have taken control of who will get national security posts in the administration: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Rogers had no prior significant ties to Christie but had been recruited to join the Trump team as an adviser by the former New Jersey governor. At least three other Christie associates were also pushed aside, former officials said, apparently in retaliation for Christie’s role as a U.S. prosecutor in sending Kushner’s father to prison.

Here's the rest of the article.

Let's review. Michael Flynn was fired by the Obama administration. He cowrote a book with Michael Ledeen. As a three star general who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency he is by definition highly experienced in national security matters. But he is not someone you want running the country's national security policy - to put it mildly. Kushner inherited his family real estate business, married Ivanka Trump and bought a storied New York newspaper, The New York Observer. He has zero knowledge or experience with anything to do with national security or foreign policy.

Then note this shakeup appears to be driven by his grudge against Chris Christie who prosecuted Kushner's father when Christie was US Attorney in New Jersey in 2004/2005.

Kushner's father Charles Kushner was a New York area real estate mogul who got into a lurid fight with his brother-in-law that built on campaign finance violations, witness tampering and prostitutes.

From the Times ...

The intrafamily acrimony was such that Mr. Kushner retaliated against his brother-in-law, who was cooperating with federal authorities, by hiring a prostitute to seduce him. He then arranged to have a secretly recorded videotape of the encounter sent to his sister, the man's wife.

The case against Kushner involved campaign finance violations, witness tampering and tax evasion. Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison and was released a year later. Probably any son might hold a grudge against Christie. But this grudge seems to be driving the country's national security policy. That is not good.

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