Even before he was given a formal seat on the National Security Council’s “principals committee” this weekend by President Donald Trump, Bannon was calling the shots and doing so with little to no input from the National Security Council staff, according to an intelligence official who asked not to be named out of fear of retribution.
“He is running a cabal, almost like a shadow NSC,” the official said. He described a work environment where there is little appetite for dissenting opinions, shockingly no paper trail of what’s being discussed and agreed upon at meetings, and no guidance or encouragement so far from above about how the National Security Council staff should be organized.
I’m usually not a huge fan of the “unnamed source”, but do trust JustSecurity, and anyway, this lines up with everything we know. A man whose major qualifications are running a site for semi-literate hate jockeys who failed their AM radio tryouts is making the nation’s biggest decisions.