Trump's intelligence wars - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Trump's intelligence wars

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, who presided over the Intelligence Community comprised of a network of 16 intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, would step down on August 15. It was said Trump was going to replace Coats with either Fred Fleitz or Chief of Staff Joseph Dunford, who was due to complete his term in October. Known for his close ties to John Bolton, Trump's National Security Adviser, Fleitz is CEO and president of the pro-Israeli Center for Security Policy.

Trump, who saw the Intelligence Community as a political obstacle to his rule, wanted to downsize the National Intelligence community. It was no secret that Coats opposed Trump on many issues. John Bolton, and especially the Trump-led Neocons, want to confirm a name close to them as national intelligence director. Fleitz was the most suitable candidate for the Neocons. Trump, however, announced that he will nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe, a member of the Republican Party, is known for his extreme loyalty to Trump.

Ratcliffe came to the fore with his intention to corner Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, of the "Russian Investigation," who testified at the Congress last month. Ratcliffe also strongly opposed Mueller's findings that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential elections in favor of Trump. Ratcliffe contradicts the opinion of the Intelligence Community that supports Mueller on Russia.

Ratcliffe, who was accused of being partisan, reacted not only to the Democrats but to many Republican Senators. Those claiming that the National Intelligence Director should not be partisan pointed that directors have completed the ratification process with a bipartisan consensus in the Senate. Dan Coats, himself a Republican and nominated as Director by Trump in 2017, won 85 votes in the 100-member Senate.

Some Republicans argue that a Trump-hawk like Ratcliffe is needed in Congress, pointing out the possibility of an investigation into Trump's impeachment in the House of Representatives. The Democrats, who hold the majority in the 435-member House of Representatives, are campaigning for an investigation into Trump's impeachment. The number of Democrats who supported the campaign, which House of Representatives Majority leader Nancy Pelosi is not too enthusiastic about, was around 90 last month. The number now stands at 118.

In fact, the Senate does not want the Intelligence Community to enter Trump's orbit. Senate Republicans, on the other hand, did not tolerate Ratcliffe's candidacy on the grounds that he lacked adequate experience and was not well known to Senate members. The Republican leadership in the Senate also made Trump feel dissatisfied with Ratcliffe's nomination. Mainstream politicians in the Senate, on the other hand, want a neutral figure for National Intelligence Director in order to restrain Trump.

Upon seeing that Ratcliffe was unable to get approval from the Senate, Trump stepped back by placing the blame on the media. Trump said he did not want the "Ratcliffe family" to be dragged through the mud, and announced that he would nominate a new candidate for National Intelligence Director. According to some chatter, Trump knew Ratcliffe could not get the Sentae’s approval. Trump, with another name in mind, nominated Ratcliffe only to gauge the reactions of the intelligence community and the Senate.

It is not difficult to predict that the National Intelligence Directorate, which has a budget of more than $53 billion, has hundreds of thousands of staff and plays an active role in determining U.S. national and supra-national policies, is struggling between the focal points of power to seize the ropes. Allied power centers include Globalists, Nationalists, Neocons, Christian-Zionists, energy and arms lobbies, as well as the Israel Lobby.


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