Lots of things scare me about Trump. So many that it is really hard to focus on one. Which I'm half-convinced is a strategy, or at least a fortuitous-for-him habit that Trump has of throwing up so many crazy things that you can't grasp any one*.
One of the few tenuous strands of hope I've hung on to is that at least on some of the most important issues, career experts might be able to talk some sense out of him. It was a foolish hope, but it was my hope.
Trump removed the Joint Chiefs of Staff from their regular place in the National Security Council.
I know I wrote that twice. But once could be skipped over.
I don't care about unprecedented. I care about deeply foolish. Elevating Bannon to the Security Council is one thing. He's Trump's yes man, and primary 'advisor'. It is a move which reveals the shallowness of Trump's ability to think, but it would have been no more alarming than the fact that Bannon is in the White House at all.
Working to formally cut the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of the loop on National Security matters is.....I honestly don't the words to describe how dangerous that is. It not only removes the sanity check on his foreign policy, it also keeps them out of the loop on developing issues. This is actually insane.
*Mild digression on his chaff strategy. Intentional or not, one of the big ways this mode of operation works is by keeping things off the radar of low information voters. If someone checks in with politics once a month, they are never going to hear the same thing twice. Once month it will be Planned Parenthood is in trouble, next month immigrants are in trouble, next month health care is threatened. Never the same thing twice. Since the average non-politically connected person may be immediately touched by only one of those things in the short term, it can create the impression that people are causing a lot of fuss for no reason. It is a scary strategy because the obvious counter is to focus on just one thing. That might work with your average bad President, but we can't afford to ignore a bunch of the things he does.