Has Trump Lost Control Of The Pentagon?

Tyler Durden's picture

Via The Saker,

The Pentagon’s more aggressive military approach

Here is a short timeline of the Pentagon taking the presidential commander-in-chief power from Trump.

The ultimatums came on March 1.

On March 1, 2017 the Atlantic’s article “Trump and the Generals”

announced that Trump’s military leaders “increasingly sound like they’re working for a different president altogether.

They complained about the lack of funding, even after Trump pledged to give them additional $54 billion that were cut from the budget of non-military agencies.  Right after the budget announcement, it became immediately obvious that the Pentagon considered this sum to be ridiculously small for their ambitions.

They also balked at Trump’s election promise to fire many “Obama’s generals.”

One of those generals openly voicing their opposition to Trump’s policies is General Tony Thomas of U.S. Special Operations Command. He reportedly said that “he wanted Americans to understand those elite counterterrorism operations are occurring nightly.” Meaning that they not just need more money, but more independence to operate.

As per the Atlantic, the “generals don’t much like to talk about “winning” against terrorism. They understand and tell the public and congress that the United States is in a 10-, 30-, 100- year battle against a multi-generational ideological war of ideas that goes far beyond the military battlefield.”

The article links to the Center for a New American Security’s publication: Virtual Caliphate – Defeating ISIL on the Physical Battlefield Is Not Enough.  

The same article in the Atlantic also went on listing some other problems that the Generals had with Trump.

“Over and over, Trump has heard his generals, then gone to the microphone or Twitter and ignored them—a pattern he began on the campaign trail. In September, Trump said he’d likely place new generals in charge of the ISIS war and that the ones in charge had been “embarrassing” under Obama, who he said had marginalized them.”

They complained about his “unpredictability” and even threaten that some of them will resign in protests.

"In the next few months, Trump will either order a way forward against ISIS that U.S. military leaders offer up (and likely is not much different from the war underway), or he’ll order some radical departure from what he’s offered this week, which may require that some generals resign their commissions.”

Either he’ll slash money from the State Department and pull back America’s diplomatic and development presence abroad—including money related to counter-terrorism—or he’ll expand it to help end this fight and prevent further conflict, as so many generals have suggested.”

Either he’ll tone down the anti-Muslim rhetoric, like McMaster wants, or he’ll keep it up.”

“Either he’ll proclaim to the world the importance of a free and adversarial press to democracy, exemplified nowhere better than in America, or he won’t.”

“Americans can pick their own metric, but one place to watch is Eastern Europe. In the last year, former President Barack Obama and NATO moved thousands of American troops to Russia’s border, with more tanks, aircraft, ships, and missiles. If Trump really wants to make nice with Putin, he could pull all of that back, or cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”

 “What “the generals” say matters, and what Trump says about them and their advice is confusing.”

If that sounded like an ultimatum, it was, because it was accompanied with an open threat of disobedience delivered via the Daily Beast.

On the same day, March 1, the Daily Beast published an article written by Kimberly Dozier, Generals May Launch New ISIS Raids Without Trump’s OK.

This article was published with updates and comments from Central Command, with the following statements:

“The White House is considering delegating more authority to the Pentagon”


President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants his defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, to have a freer hand to launch time-sensitive missions quickly, ending what U.S. officials say could be a long approval process under President Barack Obama that critics claimed stalled some missions by hours or days.”

As you have noticed the link to 2016 material titled “CALL OF DUTY: The Secret Movement to Draft General James Mattis for President"

Gen. James Mattis doesn’t necessarily want to be president—but that’s not stopping a group of billionaire donors from hatching a plan to get him there.”

It’s reminded us that Jim Mattis was endorsed by some ” anonymous group of conservative billionaires” to run in the presidential race “to confront Donald Trump.”

“Mattis, who is also nicknamed the “warrior monk” for his contemplative devotion to the military arts, would be a fallback option for anti-Trump forces.”

Now, this anti-Trump force man has taken an unelected position of the secretary of Defense. Let’s keep this very important detail in mind.

The article says that the Pentagon may start launching operations without the Presidential approval in “areas outside of the declared war zones.”

“In declared war zones, U.S. commanders have the authority to make such calls, but outside such war zones, ….  it can take permissions all the way up to the Oval Office to launch a drone strike or a special-operations team.”

“Despite the controversy, Trump has signaled that he wants to operate more like the CEO he was in the private sector in such matters, and delegate even more power to Mattis, which may mean rewriting one of President Barack Obama’s classified Presidential Policy Directives on potentially lethal operations in countries where the U.S. is not officially involved in combat.”

“Trump officials believe loosening the permissions process can help turn up the heat against ISIS—and counterterrorist-focused agencies like the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) are lining up new targets in anticipation of more numerous and more rapid approvals.”

 The new model of command is “pre-delegating authority to Mattis, that authority could be pushed much further down the chain of command—all the way down to the three-star general who runs JSOC.” The result will be “the elite force will be able to move into action, informing the national-security apparatus of the operation but not having to wait for permission.

Cutting through this heavy bureaucratic American doublespeak, the White House will be informed, but would have no commanding authority over the US military.

News in Brief

March 14th, the US National Nuclear Security Administration field tested the modernized B61-12  gravity nuclear bomb in Nevada.

April 7, Liberty Passion, loaded with US military vehicles, moored at Aqaba Main Port, Jordan

On April 7th the Pentagon US bombed Syria’s main command center in fight against terrorists

April 10, United States Deploying Forces At Syrian-Jordanian Border

April 11, The US Air Force might start forcing pilots to stay in the service against their will, according to the chief of the military unit’s Air Mobility Command.

April 12, President Donald Trump has signed the US approval for Montenegro to join NATO

April 13, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced the alliance’s increased deployment in Eastern Europe

On April 13th, the Pentagon bombed Afghanistan. The US military has bombed Afghanistan with its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB)

April 13, the US-led coalition bombed the IS munitions and chemical weapons depot in Deir ez-Zor killing hundreds of people

April 14, The Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) has been deployed to the South China Sea

April 14, the US sent F-35 jets to Europe

April 14, Washington failed to attend the latest international conference hosted by Moscow, where 11 nations discussed ways of bringing peace to Afghanistan. The US branded it a “unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region.”

April14, the US has positioned two destroyers armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles close enough to the North Korean nuclear test site to act preemptively

On April 16th, the US army makes largest deployment of troops to Somalia since the 90s.

On Saturday April 15, FoxNews posted an article titled, Trump gives generals more freedom to make decisions in ISIS fight, Trump reiterates confidence in US troops after MOAB strike.

It’s important to realize that this Trump’s decision to give more freedom to the US generals to decide where to start a war, or as it’s been dubbed “the New Approach” had come after the fact that was “on display this week in Afghanistan, where Gen. John Nicholson, head of the U.S.-led coalition there, decided to use one of the military’s biggest nonnuclear bombs—a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB.”

After the MOAB was dropped, repeating without the presidential approval, the Media came out heralding this bombing of Afghanistan as “America’s top military commanders are implementing the vision articulated by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: U.S. military commanders to make more battlefield decisions on their own.”

A senior administration official said Mr. Trump didn’t know about the weapon’s use until it had been dropped.”


“Mr. Mattis “is telling them, ‘It’s not the same as it was, you don’t have to ask us before you drop a MOAB,’” the senior defense official said. “Technically there’s no piece of paper that says you have to ask the president to drop a MOAB. But last year this time, the way [things were] meant, ‘I’m going to drop a MOAB, better let the White House know.’”


“There’s nothing formal, but it is beginning to take shape,” a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. “There is a sense among these commanders that they are able to do a bit more—and so they are.”


“While military commanders complained about White House micromanagement under former President Barack Obama, they are now being told they have more freedom to make decisions without consulting Mr. Trump. Military commanders around the world are being encouraged to stretch the limits of their existing authorities when needed, but to think seriously about the consequences of their decisions.”


“The more muscular military approach is expanding…”


“Mr. Mattis has sketched out such a global plan, but the administration has yet to agree on it. While the political debate continues, the military is being encouraged to take more aggressive steps … around the world.”

In conclusion:

While the situation is taking its shape, I encourage you to research and to think over the following questions.

This incoming information sounds like a proof of what I have been suspecting all along that the US military has been run by the groups of non-governmental private organizations. My suspicions were confirmed by Rosa Brooks‘ book “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.”

It also helped when in February of this year the Washington Post posted her opinion about an ongoing military coup. “A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.

“In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.”

If memory serves me right, in 2011 was a distinct threat issued by Steve Pieczenik on YouTube to Obama and his administration that the military and intelligence stopped considering the presidential power to be legitimate and went on  making themselves to be the real government.

This tells me that no matter who takes the presidency, the US armed forces and the intelligence community refuse to recognize the country’s civilian government.

What does this actually mean for the rest of us?

It means that any negotiations and agreements with the US president and the Secretary of State  are useless. That would explain the complete lack on interest of Putin to talk to any of them. The Kremlin didn’t even release a statement about Putin’s meeting with Tillerson, and there are rumors that it was nothing, but an exchange of strong language on both sides.

So, the US military takes hostage an entire planet by positioning themselves near China, NK and Russia in the Far East, and near Russia in Europe and threatening to start a nuclear conflict with many nuclear countries at once, if they don’t get something.

What do they actually want, and from whom? Do they blackmail Russia and China? Do they also blackmail the EU? Or, do they blackmail someone in the US? Are they looking for money? Are they looking for gold? Do they want the official dejure recognition of the military government?  Or, are they demanding the write off the US debt?

How are they going to get away with this?

Two days ago the Wall Street Journal made an announcement that the Pentagon was granted the “freedom of initiative.”

This announcement was noticed in Russia.

If the US armed forces went rogue and the wsj just announced this, would it be the legal reason for the UN members to neutralize their bases around the world?

Who are now in control of  NATO?

Are they keeping Trump hostage and not allowing him to leave the territory of the US?

What about “neuchtenka” like the PMCs, the Special Forces, (GRS)/OGA, SADs, and others?

Does this mean that the US has no civilian government, and that’s why they are going to shut the government down at the end of April?

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Ital Scratch's picture

This makes Death ultimate escape from this instanity. It's not so bad when you look at it, better to be dead than to live under Evil Empire when it is established.


The only problem is...that would be easy escape. Hence reincarnation or some other "after the life" option. Personally, i don't specificaly belive in one but I don't think this kind of effort, through the ages, for ultimate control of our existance is for nothing. The amount of control over us, in whatever layer you scan, is staggering at least to someone who is even half "awake". When you truly see things for what they are, you can only see Earth as a prison, on quarantine even.

When you try to escape from the prison what do you get? Longer and usually harsher sentance. Now see rules in reincarnation and judeo-christian-islamic systems. One gets you karma backslash and you are in for a "treat" in next life; the other one sends you to hell for all eternity. That's just two options on top of my mind, and are most spread in the world. You are not allowed to destroy something that obviously is not yours. Someone could put it into good use. Like wage slave, participant in spirit cooking and pizza parties, organ harvester's speciment or as an  "ingridient" for someone's war of aggression.


Sick, sick world.


One soothing answer is an evolution. Either we dont blow ourselves before we develop an AI to evolutionize intelect as that's the last step in evolution (no more physical adaptation, intelect is next system to be upgraded). Or we bomb the shit out of the Earth and have next (first antropogenic in recorded history!) extinction event (altho we are already expiriencing it on "small" timescale). Then all that is left are bacteria and radiation. Only organism that is 2 km below the Earth surface is bacteria which gets it's energy from radiation. Maybe this next evolution will not be propelled by chemical reaction systems but on radiation energy. No more get that sunlight-process it through photosystesis-make plant tissue-predator chop-chops plant and some chew-chew them-fry tissue with oxygen to produce energy-live.

Energy would be around organism. Evolution also happens more quickly in irradiatied environment. Perhaps, and that's big IF, evoultion takes somewhat same steps and goes via multicelled organisms to proceed to more complex systems. Sometime in future this matter develops intelect again. Now imagine somekind of human without need to harvest energy in gruesome way and all problems that come with that predicament. No more firm control of the individual. Think about that for a second.

The other problem would be time-scale of post irradiated period. Life developed on Earth for about 3.5 billion years, of that figure single cell lifeforms reigned for about 2.5 billion and then cambrian explosion happened. The only hope is that half-life of elements that are used in nuclear bombs, and those that will come from nuclear plants meltdowns is long enough to enable full evolution in that period. But, as I said before, evolution is faster in irradiatied environment. In case of such predicament, we should just ensure that all of our bombs(around 10k i think?) get detonated and none is wasted (MIC would surely agree with this one).

Then later, after we redevelop again, we can use nuclear bombs for energy and shows and parties. "Nuke bombs festival starring Multieyes Jack, Longdick Reginald and Lady Ga-Ga born-again"

Or we can try usual "human enlightment" and get our shit together as a species but I lost hope in that one. Psychopats are evolutionary "the most adapted latest system developed" [physical evolution -> chemical evolution -> biological evolution -> conciencess evolution (last system developed, they are upgraded version (although diseased), removed from bounds of emphaty and compassion as that is weakness in their eyes, and evolution lens] and will continue to crave for positions of power.

Either way, evolution prospers. If nothing happens anyway, Sun is around for about 4.5 billion years or some more so life will be present in some form anyway. We had our chance, the only thing to mourn about is waste of such potential. One man sang "This could be heaven for everyone" the other one said "dont throw pearls in front of the swines"...

mo mule's picture

We had our extinction event in 2011. Fukushima has killed the entire planet and all it's people. It just takes time for it to spread and kill. The Pacific Ocean is nearly dead now. How long is man going to live with the Oceans of the world being dead along everything in them being dead as well?  The rest is just BS dead people walking.   


blindfaith's picture

You are so very correct.  The long winded comment above you about evolution....ha.  Between the near dead Pacific ocean we also have the wild card.  The wild card is the methane gas trapped in the frozen lakes of North Russia and Siberia (some is already leaking out).  One nuke and the whole thing will either fracture or melt.  Either way it will raise the temprature of the earth 20 to 50 degreese.  Nothing will survive that and it will take hundreds perhaps a thousand years for the oceans to absorbe that gas.  Good luck with those bunkers in the mountains, they will on prolong the inavitible.

Dead people walking indeed.

Ital Scratch's picture

"Either way it will raise the temprature of the earth 20 to 50 degreese.  Nothing will survive that and it will take hundreds perhaps a thousand years for the oceans to absorbe that gas."

There are organisms found in geysirs that are able to live above 100 degrees celsius. Yes, that's above water boiling point. So slightly higher temperatures are not that much of a problem. For general life on earth. Thousand years are nothing in scope of evolution that can take millions of years and luckily our Earth have more then enough time to start anew. I wont even go into whole "ocean adsorbe gas, biological pump, export into deep ocean, ph decrease in surface waters because of increase of CO2 in atmosphere etcetc).

Ital Scratch's picture

Fukushima is a small scale event in relation to the all-out nuclear war and meltdown of 100's of nuclear plants worldwide that would proceed in such a case. My prediction is surely far fetched when you think about just homo sapiens species surviving. Matter of fact, we are not just as important as we like to kid ourselves. Merely cog in the wheel of evolution.

To even consider something beyond death is to talk about "dead people walking".  Nice, that shows broadness of your scope, so to speak. Anyway, I was just hypotesising about two outcomes of our recent quagmire - either AI development or return to plagued, radiation filled Earth and possible outcomes. Can i please have your prediction? I would gladly agree with usual "we nuke ourselves and only bacteria survives". What then may I ask?

"How long is man going to live with the Oceans of the world being dead along everything in them being dead as well?" Not much, and probably deserved so. To waste intellect and do something as horrible probably doesnt deserve living in a first place. BUT, not everything will be dead, "only" humans and other higher, complex organisms.

Omega_Man's picture

we need to have global war on USA... all hands on deck to attack to crush this animal

Omega_Man's picture

Perhaps the entire Trump family will need to go into exile 

Xena fobe's picture

With the Clintons; the Bushes, and the Obamas.

Wahooo's picture

AND Mattis spoke for Drumpf the other day, after the NK rocket explosion, saying Drumpf had no further comment. The orange guy is complicit, as he could easily take to Congress or the bully pulpit if he really wanted military control. What he has done is unleashed a pack of rabid dogs on the world. Deliberately.

Able Ape's picture

When your main export is chaos, you need to sleep with one eye open but ultimately even that will NOT be enough...

Accidental anal's picture

United States is in a 10-, 30-, 100- year battle against a multi-generational ideological war of ideas that goes far beyond the military battlefield.”

Job Security.

Archive_file's picture

America is dying. Everything is up for sale.

Fake Trump's picture

Is the White House for sale too? China investors will be interested.

elephant's picture

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Shue's picture

What a fucking imbecile handing over power of authority to the Military to war as the please. With the way these warmongering generals have started threatening multiple countries, how much longer before war comes on US soil? 

Wahooo's picture

Waging war on American aoil is their ultimate testosterone buzz. We would. become a full blown military run banana republic.

Dg4884's picture

Can't lose something you never had. Shadow gov and MIC alive and healthy in DC.  Shame.

A. Boaty's picture

Gore Vidal: "It's your Pentagon. Why don't you clean it up?"

JFK: "I would have time for nothing else."

Faeriedust's picture

Direct from the Kremlin (note the usual Slavophone errors of syntax).  Consider, but take with a small Siberian salt mine.

atthelake's picture

First gift from Vlad will hit the swamp.

Dark star's picture

The obvious inference is that Trump did not order the cruise missile strike on Syria. It was ordered unilaterally by the Pentagon in order to force Trump's hand.

That makes more sense than Trump performing a volte face, and it accounts for the fact that the Tomahawk attack was a complete failure in both military and diplomatic terms.

It may well be that there are plenty of people in the Miltary and at the sharp end who have a clearer idea of the meaning of the word treason than the Pentagon.

The Generals depend on the Troops obeying orders; but what if they don't? Either those loyal to the U.S. in the military take the necessary action, or the rest of the World will be forced to.

We are not in a good place.

sidfalco's picture

Bomb shit and kiss muslim ass. The McMaster doctrine. Good luck with that.

waldo simon's picture

Late arrival.

Well done Tylers!

This article is as chilling,as it is accurate.

An actual statement of reality.

Strange days indeed

T-NUTZ's picture

All you need to know is that there were war games involving hijacked airliners going on Sept 11, 2001.   Military planes stood down.   A missile hit the Pentagon.  A plane was shot down over Shanksville, PA.   Drones were flown into the twins.

Xena fobe's picture

Trump is a neocon.  He agrees with the generals

gdpetti's picture

And the generals agree with them.... who both agree with the deep state.... who agree with the SG.... who agree with....

You can't lose what you never had.... Trump is like that ole Brit show, "Yes, Minister".... the political puppets come and go. There are many things done to keep them in their place.

IranContra's picture

Trump: "Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth!"

True, even here on ZH very often. I do my best to hold them to the truth.

Trump is not out to win a popularity contest. Only 1/1000 can see through false appearances and propaganda.