Phil Giraldi posted today a superb piece on Nikki Haley on UNZ, but it is not just a superb characterization of Haley, given by Phil Giraldi, which attracts the attention--we knew about Nikki more-or-less from the get go and no one with a half-brain can deny the fact of her being fully committed to neocon and AIPAC causes. It is Phil's opening salvo which has to be taken in seriously, because it hits the target:
The musical chairs playing out among the senior officials that make up the President Donald Trump White House team would be amusing to watch but for the genuine damage that it is doing to the United States. The lack of any coherence in policy means that the State Department now has diplomats that do not believe in diplomacy and environment agency heads that do not believe in protecting the environment. It also means that well-funded and disciplined lobbies and pressure groups are having a field day, befuddling ignorant administrators with their “fact sheets” and successfully promoting policies that benefit no one but themselves.
This is precisely the reason I, at some point of time, started to depart, granted not entirely, from the narrative of the Deep State holding Donald Trump hostage. The picture, actually, is much more complex and Deep State or no Deep State, there is absolutely no doubt at this stage that Donald Trump wasted every single opportunity to use his very substantial POTUS' powers to do what any serious statesman would do--assemble a team of superb professionals. Trump didn't do that--his cabinet is a euphemism for unmitigated disaster both professionally and ideologically and, as I stated before, nobody twisted Trump's hands in his choices for crucial Cabinet positions. The title of Giraldi's piece speaks volumes: Scarier Than John Bolton. For this disaster, Donald Trump has only himself to blame, even when very real facts of Deep State sabotage and pressure are taken into account.