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|Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:36 pm Post subject: General John Kelly appointment: White House military coup?
|He oversaw the Guantanamo Bay prison.
As head of Southern Command, Kelly’s area of responsibility included the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he facilitated the prisoner swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to Defense One, a move he called “unusual.”
He has swatted away criticism about inhumane treatment of prisoners, the New York Times reported. Force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike, for instance, was a humane approach, according to Kelly.
He also insisted that one of the arguments for closing the prison — that it serves as a recruitment or propaganda tool for terror groups — is a nonsense argument.
“Bombing the living * out of ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, that would maybe irritate them more than the fact we have Guantanamo open,” he told Defense One.
Before becoming Chief of Staff, he would have likely been responsible for building Trump’s promised wall.
The job of planning and building Trump’s wall between the U.S. and Mexican will likely fall on Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post. And Kelly seems to share Trump’s view of border security — something he would’ve had a unique view of during his time heading up Southern Command.
In a 2014 interview with Defense One, he described illegal drug trade and the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. as an existential threat to the nation.
And, in congressional testimony in 2015, he suggested smugglers could be bringing terrorists into the country. “Despite the heroic efforts of our law enforcement colleagues, criminal organizations are constantly adapting their methods for trafficking across our borders,” Kelly told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “While there is not yet any indication that the criminal networks involved in human and drug trafficking are interested in supporting the efforts of terrorist groups, these networks could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders.’’
During a 2014 hearing, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he didn't have the ships or surveillance assets to get more than 20 percent of the drugs leaving Colombia for the U.S. He said he often had "very good clarity" on the drug traffickers, but much of the time, "I simply sit and watch it go by."
At his confirmation hearing, he indicated that a wall alone wouldn't be enough to defend the southern border. “It has to be a layered defense,” he said. “If you build a wall, you would still have to back that wall up with patrolling by human beings, by sensors, by observation devices.”
Some White House insiders are reportedly already concerned about his new job.
Reporting the news of Priebus's exit, The New York Times notes some of President Trump's advisors "oppose that idea [of Kelly's move], arguing that Mr. Trump needs someone more in tune with the nationalist political movement that helped propel him to the White House."
He made a splash on his first day.
On July 31, his first day on the job, Kelly was reportedly the force behind pushing out Anthony Scaramucci, the blink-and-you-missed-him communications director who was announced just 11 days earlier. According to the New York Times, Kelly made clear at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.
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