The President-elect’s cabinet. Part 3

National Security Adviser: This position is pretty straight up, he is the chief in-house advisor to the President on national security issues.

Retired Army lieutenant general Mike Flynn has been chosen for this position. Senate confirmation is not necessary for this positon so he most probably will get it. Flynn served as the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chair of the Military Intelligence Board, Assistant Director of National Intelligence and the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He retired with 33 years’ service in the army.

Flynn is the author of “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies” Part of his world view is described as an insistence on destroying what he sees as an alliance of tyranny, dictatorships, and radical Islamist regimes, and at the same time support for working with “friendly tyrants”. He is hated by the anti-islamophobia crew, as he has said that Islam is a political ideology hiding behind a religion, and that it’s a cancer. He also tweeted “fear of Muslims is rational”. He was also once Vladimir Putin’s guest at a dinner.

Deputy National Security Adviser: Is the deputy to the National Security Advisor.

Donald Trump has chosen KT McFarland. Her government career began while she was a freshman at George Washington University, working part-time in the White House Situation Room typing the President’s Daily Brief. She spent seven years 1970-76 in the West Wing of the White House, working her way up to become a member of Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council staff. After the Ford Administration, McFarland studied at Oxford University (BA, MA) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China, and the Soviet Union. She returned during the Reagan Administration as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. Then, in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, she served as the speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger from 1982 to 1985 and later as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon spokesperson. Lessons from the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings and reflections of military officers with experiences from the 1970s led to a November 1984 speech by the Defense Secretary. The Weinberger Doctrine, as it came to be called, laid out the Reagan administration’s policy regarding use of force: In essence, only go to war if it is in America’s vital national interest, and then only to win.

Most recently, McFarland has been serving as a Fox News national security analyst.

Secretary of Defense: The Secretary of Defense’s power over the United States military is second only to that of the President. He is the head of the Pentagon, he basically runs the army.

Trump has nominated decorated retired Marine Corps general James “Mad Dog” Mattis. He served in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Mattis supports a two-state solution model for Israel-Palestinian peace. He says the current situation in Israel is “unsustainable” and argues that the settlements harm prospects for peace and could theoretically lead to an apartheid-like situation in the West Bank.  believes that Iran is the principal threat to the stability of the Middle East, ahead of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Mattis says: “I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief. Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates.” On the Iran nuclear deal, although he sees it as a poor agreement, he believes there is now no way to tear it up, saying: “We are just going to have to recognize that we have an imperfect arms control agreement. Second, that what we achieved is a nuclear pause, not a nuclear halt”

General Mattis is extremely popular among the military community. He is a straight talking – no nonsense warrior. He is nicknamed “Mad Dog”.

He is a treasure trove of awesome quotes. For example: “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them”, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”, “Now from a distance, I look back on what the Corps taught me: to think like men of action, and to act like men of thought!”, and “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”

However, there is a law against military men serving in the President’s cabinet within 7 years over after they leave the military. In order to get General Mattis confirmed, being that he only retired in 2013, the House and Senate will have to pass a law to allow for an exception to be made. Mattis is hard not to like, so Trump is betting on the law passing.

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Born to hate Jews.

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has suffered a stroke, say a prayer for Adin ben Rivka Leah

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The making of a terrorist (who DOES NOT represent Islam as a whole but rather a small obscure….)

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Benny Friedman’s “Fill The World With Light” album ‘review’

Ladies and Gentlemen, and any other pronoun, i present my thoughts on Benny Friedman’s newest work of art. A stellar album with a super cool cover, and songs that will stir your heart:

Ivri Anochi: A tremendous song! I love it. It has a happy tune and screams IM JEWISH! AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT GO TO… like no other song I have ever heard. The mixing is great. In a sentence, I can’t wait to dance this song away.

Al Tishlach: An emotional tribute to our father Abraham, it recounts the story of the Akeda and asked Abraham to look out for all Jews today, from above, just as the angel told him not to hurt his son. It is passionate but doesn’t sound very original, and the lyrics are weak. But I know many people who LOVE this song, so give a listen.

Ashira LaHashem: A sweet song, it’s good for driving since it’ll keep you awake but won’t make you want to speed.

Reb Yehoshua Omer: Happy song, great lyrics, decent mixing, good song. It’s nice to hear a song for someone who passed that isn’t so slow and serious that it makes you wanna cry if its good and throw something at the singer if it’s not. Reb Yehoshua Gordon was a happy man, and through this song he will be remembered as so. What I find cool is that the chorus starts high at “MITOCH MERETZ” and then than slowly get lower. This way, when its low, it’s “BITACHON CHAZAK, YESHUOS POEL!” “Strong faith, miracles happen!” and then it gets high again.

Light: This song is GOLD. The song prays passionately, and gives thanks with fervor! Most importantly, it’s an original sound! And it’s a good one. It’s emotional but does not whine. It can make you cry of joy or sorrow. This song was mixed by Ian Freitor, the same guy who mixed Ivri Anochi, the other awesome song. Also, this song, Ivri Anochi, and Reb Yehoshua Omer, all had lyrics by Shmuel Marcus. I think I’m starting to see a winning combo…

Kulam Sharim: An Israeli pop style song that will make you want jump around like a drunk kangaroo stuck on a massive trampoline. The lyrics are decent, although at the chorus there are too many words starting with ‘Vi’. Go Benny!

Meloich: A slow, emotional, serious song by the king of slow, emotional, and serious mellowdies (YES THAT COPYRIGHTED, EVERY TIME YOU USE THAT WORD, YOU MUST PAY ME FIVE DOLLARS!!!) Yossi Green. But it’s a nice Mellowdy, with lyrics taken from the Machzor of Rosh Hashanah, where we pray for the day when everyone and everything will know that Hashem is number one!

La’asok: A song that will make you want to skip around, (‘skip’ like what little girls do at school, not skip the song Chas V’shalom, geeeezz) and just when you thought it didn’t get any better, it has a jazzy intro! I love it. But, the song is about Hashem’s command to learn Torah all the time, and pay someone to teach Torah to your kids ($$$), and make Shabbos guests say a Dvar Torah by the table. So, if any part of that doesn’t particularly make you want to dance, maybe you’d do well to skip it.

Es Tzemach Dovid: Another holy and lovable mellowdy by Yossi Green. Good for bringing out the holiness in you. This time, it’s about waiting for Moshiach, and it isn’t very patient. And I you can find Eli Marcus in the song, you get extra points (yep, he is in there).

BeSefer Chaim: This song begs Hashem to remember us for life and blessing and peace. Though from the mood of the song it sounds like the one praying already knows the answer is yes. Almost like when you ask your mother if you can please clean the whole house! Just kidding, as the album jacket says:  “Along with the humility to plead and pray for Hashem’s blessings, we inject a sense of joy and anticipation into our prayers. Confident in Hashem’s tireless love for us, we are already celebrating even as we are praying. So dance with us as we sing these words together!” Ya! Go tireless love! (not humility, humility is way overrated, trust me.)

Al Yishalel/Yis’halel (on the jacket it says ‘Yishalel’ and I thought the S and H made Sh… so I think it should be Yis’halel): This is a song you will want to hug and cuddle. It’s sweet but serious, A Reb Shlomo J. Rechnitz classic.  And its powerful lyrics made me change my position on humility, so, CORRETION: Go humility!

Meheira yishomah: A serious song, with a drop of eeriness, and a lot of horns. And again, when you can’t describe something #quotethejacket: “It is precisely at our happiest occasions, when life feels good and right that we pause and cry out just before we break out in dance – “Mehaira Hashem! “Quick Tateh, bring us the Geula. We can’t wait another moment. Send us Moshiach to dance us out of Galus. We’re getting ready to dance anyway!”

Kol Yemei: Another action packed, fast and furious, adrenaline inspiring, Benny Friedman Jewish song that will rock you. What makes this song especially special, is the fantastic Miriam Israeli lyrics, and the epic Chazzonus.

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The President-elect’s cabinet. Part 2.

Treasury Secretary: The principal economic advisor to the President, who develops the Administration’s policies regarding the economy and taxes. It is his job to bring an economic and financial perspective to all policy discussions. He oversees the Treasury Department’s operations, in making money and coins, and in general, managing the country’s money.

President-elect Trump selected Steven Mnuchin, a Jewish billionaire who made his fortune in banking and as a Hollywood producer, among his films are “American Sniper” and “The Lego Movie”. In 2009 he bought a failed housing lender called IndyMac in for $1.6 billion. The bank, purchased out of bankruptcy from the government, was renamed OneWest, with Mnuchin as chair. OneWest was sold to CIT Group in 2015 for $3.4 billion! His net worth is estimated at $40 Million.

In late April 2016, Mnuchin was named finance chair of the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign. He is a longtime friend and had been an early supporter of Trump.

Commerce Secretary: The Secretary is concerned with promoting American businesses and industries; the Department states its mission to be “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce”. In other words, he is the middle-man between the White House and businesses around the world.

Trump nominated Wilber Ross. He is an American investor, and former banker, known for restructuring failed companies in industries such as steel, coal, telecommunications, foreign investment and textiles. He specializes in leveraged buyouts and distressed businesses. As of August 2014, Forbes magazine lists Ross as one of the world’s billionaires with a net worth of $2.9 billion.

He was an early supporter of Trump, and a top economic policy adviser.

It is interesting to note how Trump picks people who are experienced and successful businessmen and not professors and economic theorists.

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The President-elect’s cabinet. Part 1

The President’s cabinet is the group of advisers and heads of federal agencies that make an administration. Without a good cabinet, a President is doomed for failure. The President sets the direction of the government, but it’s the job of the cabinet to get things done, know everything there is to know about their field, and basically run the country. In this series of posts we will explore the roles and personas of the people who President-elect Trump has chosen so far to help him implement his vision for the country.

Chief of Staff: originally known as the President’s private secretary, he is the most powerful aide to the President. He oversees the actions of the White House staff, manages the president’s schedule, and decides who is allowed to meet with the president. Because of these duties, the chief of staff has at various times been labeled “The Gatekeeper”.

Trump has appointed Reince Preibus, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee who fought for Trump and is known as an excellent organizer. Preibus began his political career in Wisconsin, where he ran for the state senate and worked to promote the Republican party in the state. He is credited with helping Paul Ryan become who he is.

He is a classic moderate Republican who is still close with the Speaker of the House, which will be very helpful in getting the President’s policies through the senate. His presence will defiantly steer the Trump Administration in a more moderate direction, and some conservatives fear Ryan will use him to get his policies done instead of the other way around.

Chief Strategist/Senior counselor: The man with equal access to the President but none of the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff. What he does varies from one Administration to the next, from overseeing media affairs, to assisting the Chief of Staff.

This position will be held by Steve Bannon. The dark knight, a guy who people fear more than like. He was CEO of Breitbart.com, and a friend of the founder Andrew Breitbart. He served as an officer in the US Navy, and went on to work at Goldman-Sachs as an investment banker. From there he got into the film business, where he met Breitbart and worked on a number of films on conservatism and the Tea Party. He then joined Breitbart’s army of conservative anti-media bias, anti-political establishment and corruption warriors, speaking about his role at Breitbart, Bannon said: “We think of ourselves as virulently anti-establishment, particularly ‘anti-‘ the permanent political class. After Breitbart’s death, Bannon became CEO of Breitbart.com which is quickly rising to the top of worldwide media.

If the Chief of Staff is going to be the President’s right hand man, Bannon will be the President’s other right hand. Trump likes Bannon and takes his advise seriously. Bannon’s work relationship with Preibus will be interesting, they will most likely be rivals. Especially since Bannon informed his staffers at Breitbart.com that a core part of their editorial mission was to “destroy Paul Ryan’s political career.” In December, he told one of his reporters that his “long game” was to have Ryan ousted from his Speakership by spring 2016. Among the anti-establishment, Ryan is considered the king of conservative sellouts and political corruption.

Attorney General: Originally created to “to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the president of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments.” Now, he is the chief law enforcer and lawyer. The FBI, DEA, DOJ, and all other agencies which enforces the law or prosecutes work for him. The Attorney General has tremendous power, although he doesn’t make the laws, he decided which laws to enforce more seriously than others.

Senator Jeff Sessions has been nominated for this role by the President-elect. Sessions is a hard line Christian conservative, most known reading the fight against amnesty for illegal immigrants.

To serve in this position, unlike the previous two, one needs to be confirmed by the Senate. And it could get tricky. In 1986, President Reagan nominated him to a district court, the Senate denied his confirmation for allegations that he was a racist. For the most part, his history as Attorney General of Alabama doesn’t help his cause, although he did prosecute the leader of the state’s KKK for the murder of a black child, and saw to it that he be executed.

It is hard to know what the Senate will do with him this time, or who Trump would nominate if he is not confirmed.

CIA Director: The man in charge of the US’s intelligence gathering. He directs espionage and briefs the President on secret intel.

This position, shrouded in mystery and legend, will be most probably be filled by Rep. Mike Pompeo. A Congressman from Kansas who graduated from Harvard and West Point. His nomination has been praised by many, and his confirmation should not be a problem.

Pompeo is a fighter, looking to hit the enemy hard with little concern for their ‘civil rights’. He opposes the closing of Guantanamo, the closing of ‘black sites’, the Iran Deal, and Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance.

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