In early September 2016, in a move that should have received far more attention than it did, Trump appointed former CIA director James Woolsey as his senior advisor on national security issues. Woolsey is a key member of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century (PNAC). When asked about U.S. national security priorities the day after Trump’s election, Woolsey responded that it was necessary “to get straight who our friends and adversaries are.” He asserted that “Israel is our friend”. In September 2015 James Woolsey was appointed to the strategic advisory board of U.S. oil and gas firm Genie Energy Ltd., along with Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild and Dick Cheney. Genie Energy Ltd. has been involved in the Golan Heights – the long contested area of Syria that is now known to be rich in both oil shale and fresh water, for almost a decade. UN Security Council Resolution 242 declares that Israel must withdraw from all lands occupied since the 1967 war, including the Golan. The international community considers the Golan to be occupied territory and Israeli settlements there to be illegal.
Phi Beta Iota: We give Trump the benefit of the doubt. Woolsey is a nobody who could not get in to see Bill Clinton and was appointed without thought as a sop to one particular journal that supported the Clinton campaign. If Trump really wants to make America great again, he can start by sponsoring a Grand Strategy that will surely, among many other findings, suggest that we should cease all taxpayer funding of foreign countries, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Golan Heights project is indeed an illegal project, and one reason why Israel and Saudi Arabia both support regime change in Syria. Hillary Clinton — based on the new cache of 650,000 emails — is clearly guilty of treason and the same cache of emails strongly suggests that Huma Abedin is a traitor as well, a paid secret agent for Saudi Arabia, Israel, or both. If Trump really wants to make America great again, he can being by giving James Comey a chance to get it right and go after religious, financial, and ideological traitors across the US Government, among whom the undeclared agents of a foreign power — Israel — and the undeclared agents of a domestic cabal — the deep state being led by Dick Cheney — should join the Clintons on the chopping block. But of course we favor Truth & Reconciliation — no one goes to jail, everyone gets the truth. What Trump needs most that the secret intelligence community cannot provide him with, is intelligence (decision-support) with integrity, about ALL threats, ALL policies, ALL foreign countries. He enters office with a government incapable of supporting him. It’s a challenge, but properly harnessed, the Collective Intelligence of the US public — everyone including the Swamp People — can rise to this challenge.