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Who could possibly keep up with the discordant version of musical chairs now being played out in Washington? When it comes to Donald Trump’s White House, the old sports phrase about needing a scorecard to keep track of the players pops to mind (though you would need a new one every day or maybe every few hours). The turnover rate of top White House staffers was already at 43%, a record for any administration in little more than its first year in office, before the latest round of exits even began.

Recently, the president nominated Gina Haspel (“Bloody Gina”) to head the CIA. She had, in fact, been responsible for running one of the Bush administration’s earliest and most brutal “black sites” and had a significant hand as well in destroying evidence of what CIA torturers had done there and elsewhere. Meanwhile, he tapped the Agency’s previous director, Mike Pompeo, a notorious Tea Party Islamophobe and Iranophobe, to replace Twitter-fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Now, another key post is evidently about to be up for grabs. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is reportedly almost out the door as the president openly considers a replacement for him, possibly former Bush-era ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. He’s another major Iranophobe, who has called for launching military operations against that country for years. Like the recent replacement of economic adviser Gary Cohn by conservative CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, all of the president’s new appointments or possible ones seem to have something in common: each is to the right of and significantly more extreme than the person he or she is replacing. Whether it’s the tearing up of the Iran nuclear deal and a possible future war with that country or yet more plutocratic economic policies, Donald Trump now seems intent on creating an ever more extreme administration.

In the context of that growing extremity, including the potential return of torture, the possible refilling of Guantanamo with new prisoners, the intensification of war across the Greater Middle East with a new focus on Iran, and the entrenchment of particularly extreme forms of Islamophobia, let U.S. Navy veteran Nate Terani take you into his own personal hell as a Muslim-American. It’s a hell that remains largely private at the moment, but for how long?

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. llloyd says: • Website

    Nate Terani’s story about an attack by fundamentalists on his international school in Iran in the 1980s sounds to me as suspect as Ben Carson’s delinquency in his autobiography. Both add spice to otherwise dull nerdy memoirs and confirm what Americans expect to read there. But I could be wrong. That is what happens when you lose your trust in the media.

  2. bartok says:

    “Your own country” as a “Muslim-American”
    Terani, go ahead and shake a Koran or Pocket Constitution in hatred toward the Whites who apparently owe you something. Or maybe they owe you their White women and girls?

  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump was voted in by populists and nationalists, but just about everyone working for Deep State is a globalist. So, Trump has to hire people from the GLOB, and they leak to the press or try to sabotage him.

  4. Meh. Just more white bashing.

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