While the executive order banning entry to the US by persons from seven majority-Muslim countries has been getting a lot of coverage, something even creepier happened quietly last week... Donald Trump used an executive order to place Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, while reducing the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence. Trump is putting a dangerous ideologue, a purveyor of fake news and the proprietor of a racist website, in a position of great power. Bannon views the press as the opposition, and he is now in a position to target the press, in clear violation of the First Amendment.
I used to believe that Trump was the Trojan Horse's Ass that was being used to put Mike Pence in the White House, but now I realize that he is something much scarier- the Trojan Horse's Ass that is being used to put Steve Bannon in the White House. While I'm not unconvinced that the Trump Maladministration isn't jonesing for a war against Iran, my principle fear now is that the Trump Maladministration is really jonesing for a war against the United States.