I asked some questions of my Aunt-in-law who was director of the Situation room, here is some of her responses to my questions, that should scare you.
Is this crazy? Can you explain what this means like isn’t this a big deal that his National security meetings are now don’t include the director of intelligence and the chairman of the JC’s but do include Steve Bannon?
Yes. This is a VERY BIG deal, contrary to the assertion made by Priebus on Meet the Press this morning. The CJCS IS the President’s senior military advisor. Not having the ODNI there is also a BIG problem. Without the ODNI, there will be no intel to the President that has been adequately analyzed by the experts at Langley. To me, this is all very bad.
me, Why would someone do this?
It is all about power. Controlling what information gets to the President and when he gets it. Someone doesn’t want CJCS and ODNI to have access to the President.
Trust me on this. Access is everything. Access is power.
Putting Bannon in and taking out the CJCS and ODNI preclude them from giving their version of intel to the President when he is sitting in his chair in the Sitroom. Just being in the Situation Room has power in itself, providing Bannon unfettered access to go into the Sitroom whenever he wants. There is an amazing amount of info to be found/learned in that space.
The mantra we have always used in my world – information is power. The person in the room to advise the President (the boss) is the person who holds the power.
Even though SecDef Mattis and DHS Kelly may be in the Sitroom with The President for NSC meetings, they do not have the information that CJCS and ODNI would have. This move is, as I said, VERY BAD.