Snubbed By Harward, Trump Tweets "General Keith Kellogg Is Very Much In Play For NSA"

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Hours after news broke that Lockheed senior executive Robart Harward had rejected Trump's offer to become the next National Security Advisor as he was Harward is "conflicted between the call of duty and the obvious dysfunctionality", moments ago Trump tweeted that General Keith Kellogg - the acting national security advisor -  "who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA - as are three others."

So as attention refocuses on Kellogg, here is a brief profile of the retired general, courtesy of the Guardian:

Retired General Keith Kellogg in the lobby of Trump Tower

Kellogg, 72, was born in Ohio and served 36 years in the military: in the army in Vietnam, as a special forces officer in Cambodia, and during the first Iraq war as chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division. Kellogg rose to command the airborne division from 1997 to 1998 and later came to national prominence when he served as chief operating officer for Baghdad’s provisional government through 2004 – a year of mistakes by the transitional administration that haunted Iraq through the next decade of war.

After his retirement, Kellogg joined a series of contracting firms including tech giant Oracle – the company gave him a leave of absence to help the Bush administration in Iraq. “I was given the opportunity to establish a homeland security business unit at Oracle,” he told the Washington Post in 2005, “based on the skills I developed in the military and on the value that information technology can bring to homeland security.”

Kellogg later joined another tech contractor, CACI, in 2005, and then left for a defense contractor, Cubic Defense, in 2009, where he was responsible for the firm’s “ground combat training business”. In March, after Kellogg joined Trump’s campaign as an adviser, the New York Times reported that the last defense contractor to employ the retired general “had no information on his whereabouts”.

The retired general has kept a low profile in the White House compared with his predecessor. He was granted a formal role in Trump’s transition team and later named chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council, making him one military counterweight to an unusually prominent civilian on the council, Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Although Trump may yet formalize Kellogg as his permanent adviser, rumors quickly began to spread on Monday night that another candidate was en route to the White House: retired general David Petraeus, the former CIA director who resigned in disgrace having admitted to giving classified information to his lover.

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FreezeThese (not verified) gigadeath Feb 17, 2017 8:36 AM

Get used to hearing "Na I'll pass" ... this train wreck gets better everyday


SNL set for record breaking audience tomorrow

GUS100CORRINA's picture

President TRUMP working to get the best people ... DEMOCRATS and the SWAMP don't want the best, they just want someone who is patterned after the ANTICHRIST to do their bidding.


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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Feb 17, 2017 8:44 AM

"SNL set for record breaking audience tomorrow"


So basically what you're saying is that another blizzard is heading for NYC & local residents should start salting the roads immediately.



Whoa Dammit's picture

Trump needs to nominate someone who really knows what goes on at the NSA and who will tell him the truth about it. Like Snowden.

JRev's picture

Snowden is a CIA asset, man, this is old news.

Hire a REAL whistleblower like former NSA agent Bill Binney. Trouble is, anyone who actually knows what goes on at NSA would never take the job. Can't reform a meat grinder into a cow uterus. 

froze25's picture

Will Binney would be great to give you info but not run it. He would be great at bringing the tracking ability into the NSA so that there is a trail of "who is looking at what" this way at least you can see if people are poking around in places they have no business being in. Currently there is no track-ability thus no accountability.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Is he? I've always been a little skeptical of Snowden's motives, but it doesn't make sense for him to be CIA. To what end would the CIA want the NSA information leaked? To take attention off of its activities? And is there any actual proof of his ties to CIA?

JRev's picture

They're competing intelligence agencies. Funding is one prime reason, leverage another.

As for him being "connected" to CIA, he worked there and was trained there before working at Booz-Allen. This is Wikipedia-level information, man. 

ThisIsMadness's picture

Oh, I enjoy watching SNL. It is so ludicrous and outrageous, it is hard for me to fathom that people REALLY feel this way. While they SNL may think I am laughing with them, I am not. Simply, laughing at them and enjoying the pity party I see on tv. The more outrageous, the more I love it! 

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FreezeThese (not verified) ThisIsMadness Feb 17, 2017 9:29 AM

Agree - absolutely hillarious 

Mr Pink's picture

What's really funny is that the paid shill doesn't knowthat SNL is airing a repeat tomorrow

freewolf7's picture

SNL, one of the last safe spaces for snowflakes.

Memedada's picture

You’re a sad person.

Trumps cabinet is swamped with swamp creatures. From MIC-generals too Goldman Sachs leeches. It’s all business as usual – it’s only the controlled opposition that buys the illusion of change (like the hopium-crowd supporting the last POTUS (=Privately Owned Talking-head of the US)). 


JRev's picture

From Rex Tillerson (butt-buddy with confirmed pedo Dennis Hastert, Exxon stooge, Smart City proponent) to Steve Mnuchen (Goldman goon, Soros lackey, confirmed financier of CIA-assisted Hollywood productions), there's no denying at this point that Trump is looking more and more like the same 'ol shit. 

Even long-time Trump-stumper Jeff Rense is starting to change his tune:

But hey, people should've guessed as much after his fawning speech at AIPAC. 

EDIT: Downvotes from pedo-defenders. Fucking hypocrites, y'all are. 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Explain to me how Trump is a conservative and not a socialist/neo-con. 

JRev's picture

I'm not sure if he's any of the above.

Personally, I've come to know him simply as "Barack Obama for White People."

Until he actually accomplishes something of worth, then my tune might change. 

HardAssets's picture

They're neither 'progressive' or 'liberal'.

And they can shove their overthrow of the language where the sun don't shine.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

SNL? Outside of DC, LA, NY, Boston, and the Gay Area, does anybody in the country watch that show anymore? Collect everyone in Flyover America that watches SNL, I bet you could fit them all in a municipal swimming pool.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Only drunks, methheads, and 15 year olds watch that show.  Then they play clips on the morning "news" and everyone shakes their head.

Son of Loki's picture

I don't know any young people my age who watch that show. Who under 35 would be at home on a Saturday night watching TV? Esp watching that lame show? As written above it's more for burnt out liberals who are too brain dead to realize Trump is the middle of the road candidate and actually pretty liberal and progressive guy when you consider he is cleaning out The corrupt Establishment in DC.

Hilary IS The Establishment of more corruption, more wars and more Wall Street banker bailouts. The MSM has twisted many of these brains into mush.

JRev's picture

Millennials with a sense of humor watch Sam Hyde/Million Dollar Extreme ;)

Expat's picture

Trump watches SNL.  He loves watching Baldwin.  It gives him something to tweet about.  And his rantings about Baldwin's performances have boosted SNL rating bigly!  I bet there are lots of ZH and Trumpites who watch it now so they can then talk about how much it sucks and how much Baldwin sucks.

Son of Loki's picture

Not funny anymore. Too biased and many times in poor taste. Stopped watching long ago.

HardAssets's picture

We disconnected the t.v. long ago. IMO there's little worth spending the time on.

idahobandito's picture

Correct...and Samsung admitted recently that the new smart TVs are actually watching and listening to You.

papa song's picture

"I'm Winston Smith, and I approved this message."

Salsa Verde's picture

The spastic drunken cokehead shtick got old many years ago; the cast of SNL are simply too looped out to realize how out of touch they really are.

I'd bet good money another cast member will OD and choke on their own vomit by the end of the year. 

Minack's picture

Lefty pop culture. Yeah, you're right, I will pass.

MortimerDuke's picture

Hey, remember when SNL was funny?  Me either.  So the record-breaking audience tomorrow is comprised of who, exactly?  Middle Earth citizens?  The same people Obama paid to stand up on stage every time he devised a plan to take one guys money and give it to another guy?  I bet they think SNL is "cutting edge" societal commentary.  Who has nothing better to do that late on a Saturday?  I prefer sleep to SNL and have for 20 years.  If I do happen to be awake when it comes on, I turn off the TV and read a book.  Can any of the record-breaking audience read?

Son of Loki's picture

The "crowd" that watches SNL is probably the same "crowd" of ten people who wandered into a Hillary rally by mistake.

Oldwood's picture

Speaking from experience I can say that only stoners find SNL funny. For everyone else it's only bias confirmation.

BobbyRay's picture

{{ sigh }} .... SNL has not been funny since MTV was relavent ... on or around 1985.  Have you housed a refugee yet?  Better get on it.

clade7's picture

Alright Kellogg!  Time to get to pissing in the cornflakes!



too easy huh?  Can we call him "K2" for short?  Whats next?  Capt Crunch gonna be in charge of the Navy?  Count Chockula in charge of the CBC? 

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YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) clade7 Feb 17, 2017 8:46 AM

"We 'bottom rungers' prefer Apple Jacks for breakfast"

~Jerry Maguire

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Ah, It's important to know who gets to look at all our family photos, and knows that we searched for jock-itch cream.

"chief operating officer for Baghdad’s provisional government through 2004 – a year of mistakes by the transitional administration that haunted Iraq through the next decade of war."

It's a swamp party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to.  You would cry to if it happened to you.

Good job NSA not stopping all those terrorist attacks of nutjobs who were searching ISIS materials, had traveled to the middle east, and posted threatening comments on social media.  But I bet you know what kind of toilet paper I use.

divingengineer's picture

You thought they built that shit to monitor terrorists?
Nigga, please!!

dogismycopilot's picture

I might beg to differ...2003/2004 was pretty conventional. The Iraqis still thought good things might happen to them.

If anyone is to blame for big mistakes, it would be Paul Bremer who was the acting "Viceroy" of Iraq. "As the top civilian administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, Bremer was permitted to rule by decree. Among his first and most notable decrees were Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 1, which banned the Ba'ath party in all forms[14] and Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 2 dismantled the Iraqi Army.[15]

We could do worse than Kellogg. But Flynn was the best. I say rehire Flynn.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Maybe if we stopped bombing and sending weapons to the middle east there would be less "fuel" for these mental cases to become radicalized.  Then we wouldn't need all these ineffectual pork barrel alphabet soup agencies, that we can't even afford, because we are beyond broke.  I guess will never find out.

NoWayJose's picture

Given the current 'leakage' - Trump cannot pick Petraeus while hunting leakers!

Beowulf55's picture



NEVER BETRAUS............

The 22nd Prime's picture

Flynn was a Sting Op.

Trump is 20 steps ahead. This is how presidents should operate. I loved how he told Tapper, "I'm not telling you shit..."

X- x3's picture

My only question(s) are-is.....

How much is 'tony-the-tiger' worth, is it a bonefide gmo-cornflake were dealin' with?