It's probably going to be another half-assed mess someone will have to once again clean up, for Donald Trump and his merry band of idiots. The real risk is everything that they're not watching or helping prepare the Biden team for as they run around pursuing personal goals at the taxpayers' expense. — a former Obama-era Defense official
It's probably going to be another half-assed mess someone will have to once again clean up, for Donald Trump and his merry band of idiots. The real risk is everything that they're not watching or helping prepare the Biden team for as they run around pursuing personal goals at the taxpayers' expense. — a former Obama-era Defense official
NATO is furious at Trump delaying the military handover to Biden while 'there's a significant security situation underway with Iran that could explode at any time'
  • The Russians have hacked the US government. Iran has vowed revenge on America for the assassination of one of its military leaders. Yet Trump is mishandling the transition of the Pentagon to incoming President Joe Biden, sources tell Insider.
  • "We need the incoming Biden administration to be fully briefed and ready to deal with these very dangerous issues facing NATO's security," said the official.
  • Security sources are also unimpressed by some of the officials Trump is leaving behind.
  • "The refusal to coordinate the handover of the most powerful military force in the world in a united, responsible manner would be almost unthinkable," a NATO source told Insider. "Except of course it's 2020 and we are talking about the incredibly selfish, irresponsible asshole called Donald Trump."
The outgoing Trump administration's refusal to coordinate the handover of the Pentagon with the incoming Biden team, as well as the last-minute stacking of civilian positions with fringe national security figures, could not come at a worse time.

... "So there's been a historic breach of the American government's key networks, US troops and NATO allies are fighting together in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and East Africa, and it's coming on the year anniversary of the assassination of [Iranian commander Qassem] Solimani that Tehran has vowed to revenge," said a senior NATO official, who asked not to be identified criticizing a key ally."

... "First off, Trump doesn't appear to have any defense policies at all so there's not some grand plan here," said the former official. "If any of these figures are loyal to Trump it's as part of a cult attraction, not some ideological one because there is no ideology."


That's not to say the last-minute appointments — which include Anthony Tata, a former general named to the top policy position in November — do not pose risk, said the former official.

"These marginal figures like Tata — who could have never gotten this close to the top jobs, because in [Tata's] case he's completely insane — have a chance to pad their resumes with a title that can help them later to get consulting jobs," said the Obama era official.

Separately, the source said, a typical warning sign is when "you see them suddenly trying to pursue or lock-in policies — troops draw-downs, shifts in priorities from the Air Force to Navy — that are their personal ideological goals, or it's basic corruption where they're pushing last-minute policies that will benefit past and, they hope, future defense contractor clients."

... The "insane" comment is a reference to Tata's past. Before he was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Tata kept a lively Twitter feed, was a Fox News guest, and often made comments that were not moored in fact or reality. He once falsely accused former President Obama of being a Muslim, and argued wrongly that Obama was a "terrorist leader". He also said without evidence that Obama was a "Manchurian Candidate" in the White House.

An Army investigation in 2007 found a falsified legal document had been entered into his child support case, favoring his side. Tata told the News & Observer, "we cleared it up right away." He also slept with two women while married to his wife, an offense under military law, the News & Observer reported.

Before he was first proposed for the Pentagon policy job, Tata was such a minor figure in military affairs that Sen. Jim Inhofe said fellow Senators "didn't know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position at this time," according to Defense News.