Cover up or coup—whatever Trump is doing at the Pentagon can’t be good

first_imgDonald Trump has now purged several top-tier civilian officials at the Pentagon and replaced them with a handful of bootlicking loyalists. None of Trump’s new minions are up to the jobs they now hold and these abrupt personnel changes are as destabilizing to the Pentagon as they should be deeply concerning to the country. Here are the Cliff’s Notes on the personnel changes. Newly installedActing Defense Secretary: Christopher Miller, a combat veteran turned right-wing talkerChief of Staff: Kash Patel, a former Devin Nunes staffer who was part of the White House National Security Counsel (NSC) and worked to discredit the Russia investigationActing Undersecretary of Policy: Retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, whose appointment to DOD was yanked earlier this year after he was exposed as a racist Obama-hating conspiracy theoristUndersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a Michael Flynn ally and former NSC staffer who allegedly supplied Rep. Nunes with information that Trump’s communications were incidentally swept up by U.S. intelligence agencies conducting foreign surveillanceGeneral Counsel, National Security Agency: Michael Ellis, also a former Nunes and NSC staffer (he allegedly joined Cohen-Watnick in supplying intel to Nunes and later moved Trump’s Ukraine call to the super secret server) who will now hold one of the most powerful legal positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community- Advertisement – Resigned/Forced outDefense Secretary: Mark EsperUndersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: Joseph KernanActing Undersecretary of Policy: James AndersonIt’s unclear what Trump intends to do with his newly installed team of reality-adjacent loyalists and disinformation specialists, but nothing good can come of it. One theory—and again, it’s a theory—is that some sort of cover up is underway. Nunes coupled with abuse/mishandling of intelligence and intimate knowledge of what happened at the NSC throughout Trump’s tenure are central to so many of these players. And whatever happened with Trump, Russia, Flynn, and Nunes, the other chief intelligence agencies (CIA/FBI) likely know far more than what has been publicly disclosed. Something simply doesn’t feel right about all of those Nunes/NSC insiders being deployed to powerful positions at the last second.Another possibility that seems equally as far-fetched and yet not out of the realm for the era is that Trump is trying to orchestrate a coup of some sort. Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey told MSNBC Wednesday he had every confidence that the military leadership would never go along with any unconstitutional orders they were given, but he also said that Trump’s intentions are very worrisome.  – Advertisement – “If I was a CIA officer trying to understand what was going on in a third-world country, and I saw this pattern of behavior, I would say, the strongman is trying to take over the government and defy an election,” McCaffrey said. “And I think they’re playing with that idea inside the White House.”This is all pure conjecture, but Trump’s erratic moves at these uncertain times warrant the type of conjecture that under usual circumstances would serve no purpose. In this case, we all need to keep a watchful eye on Trump’s next moves, as we may have only seen the tip of the iceberg.As McCaffrey said, “I have been shot at a lot and nearly killed a bunch of times. I’m not an alarmist. I stay cool under pressure. Mark me down as alarmed.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump sits before holding a roundtable discussion with several Administration officials and Hispanic American business, community, and education leaders in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9, 2020 in Washington,DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)last_img read more

Curve Birtinya gets the right diagnosis from medical fraternity

first_imgCurve Birtinya is a $37 million project in the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s world-class health hub.A SUNSHINE COAST developer will break ground on its $37 million lakeside residential complex next year, but there has already been plenty of interest from the medical fraternity.Curve Birtinya will feature 55 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments within the heart of the Oceanside Health Hub – a 17-ha development alongside the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.Just three weeks after its launch in mid-September, Cube Developments director Scott Juniper said there had already been four expressions of interest.“It soon became obvious that our potential buyers would likely come from those connected to the hospital, or people who wanted to be close to health facilities,” he said.“But having said that, people are also attracted by the new precinct and the fact our development is focused on the owner-occupier more so than investors.“We designed it with that in mind … larger, liveable apartments with everything you need in walking distance.”Mr Juniper said they had also focused on ensuring the building itself was a “showstopper”.“Architecturally, we have gone to another level,” he said.Construction is expected to start in January 2018 and be completed by January 2019.Each apartment will boast northerly water views, spacious light-filled interiors, high ceilings, quality appliances, generous balconies and room to entertain.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe spacious apartments are also expected to be popular with empty-nesters keen to downsize but not ready for a retirement village setting.“You can paddle in the lake, jog around the boardwalk, visit local restaurants and cafes, work out in the on-site gym or enjoy a Sunday morning coffee in the beautiful park next door,’’ Mr Juniper said.The launch of the Curve Birtinya development coincides with the recent approval of the new Stockland Birtinya shopping centre, which will house major supermarkets, retailers and a dining precinct within the Stocklands Oceanside residential precinct.Apartments at Curve Birtinya range from $385,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1.05 million for a three-bedroom penthouse with rooftop terrace.***THE BASICSCURVE BIRTINYADeveloper: Cube DevelopmentsPrice: $385,000 to $1.05 millionLocation: Birtinya, Sunshine Coastlast_img read more