Email #57, Subject: National Security Council

Why has President Trump excluded the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, the Director of National Intelligence, and the CIA Director from the National Security Council? Why has he also appointed his political advisor Steven Bannon to the NSC? When Bush was President, he didn’t include Karl Rove, nor has any other President included a political advisor. The NSC is supposed to be a non-partisan team dedicated to giving the President the most accurate intelligence information and advice. That still didn’t prevent the kind of cherry-picking that provided the false excuse for the invasion of Iraq. There were no WMDs. Worse, President Trump has already shown a bias against intelligence that he does not personally agree with. Removing the most expert members of the NSC and inserting someone who is not confirmed by the Senate significantly increases the chances of the President making dangerous missteps. You assured your constituents that you would keep the executive branch in check. How then are you responding to this new breakdown in government norms? Our country needs a strong Congress lead by independently minded Republicans, not blind party loyalists willing to rubber stamp anything the President does. The changes in the NSC occurred while national attention is focused on the Muslim ban, a ban that your own staff helped the White House to craft. You claim that you were unaware of their activity. If you can’t monitor and control your own staff, how can you be trusted to monitor and control the entire executive branch?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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