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  • Who Is Pulling the Strings in DC ?

    I asked myself this very question this morning as I watched the Drooler-In-Chief struggle to answer a simple question about Russian hackers while visiting an ice cream shop. One of my FakeBook friends answered it for me when he posted a link to the story. His own commentary is included below for your consumption. FWIW, my Internet "friend" is the real deal, with lots of insight and plenty of opinions... a true patriot, IMHO. He flew 50 combat missions in SE Asia. Flew the C-141, F-100, F-101, F-4, F-16, T-33, T-37, T-38, C-12, AND was a high-level administrator in the Federal government, responsible for flying operations, security, human resources, fire department, engineering, information services, health care, environmental, law enforcement, intelligence, computer services, plans, training, resources, Razorback Bombing Range, the Fighter Group & Support Group. The former fighter pilot & Provisional Wing Commander seems to have his finger on the pulse of The Swamp. Link to story HERE.

    HEADQUARTERS just blocks from the White House, a small, high-powered team of former ambassadors, lawyers, and Obama appointees has spent the past few years solving problems for the world’s biggest companies.

    Less than six months into the Biden administration, more than 15 consultants from the firm WestExec Advisors have fanned out across the White House, its foreign policy apparatus, and its law enforcement institutions.

    Five, some of whom already have jobs with the administration, have been nominated for high-ranking posts, and four others served on the Biden-Harris transition team.

    Even by Washington standards, it’s a remarkable march through the revolving door, especially for a firm that only launched in 2017.

    The pipeline has produced a dominance of WestExec alums throughout the administration, installed in senior roles as influential as director of national intelligence and secretary of state.

    WestExec clients, meanwhile, have controversial interests in tech and defense that intersect with the policies their former consultants are now in a position to set and execute.

    The arrival of each new WestExec adviser at the administration has been met with varying degrees of press coverage — headlines for the secretary of state, blurbs in trade publications for the head of cybersecurity — but the creeping monopolization of foreign policymaking by a single boutique consulting firm has gone largely unnoticed.

    The insularity of this network of policymakers poses concerns about the potential for groupthink, conflicts of interest, and what can only be called, however oxymoronically, legalized corruption.

    WestExec does not affirmatively share its clients, and public financial disclosure forms only offer broad outlines.

    Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, says that government ethics laws written decades ago aren’t equipped to handle a situation in which a single firm launches 15 senior officials. “Yes, they’re employed by the government, I’ll grant you that. But are they actually working for the American people or not? Where does their loyalty lie?” said Clark. “The private sector can in essence co-opt the public sector.”

    “These White House officials are experienced government leaders whose prior private sector experience is part of a broad and diverse skill set they bring to government service,” said a White House spokesperson in a statement.

    WestExec did not reply to a detailed list of questions for this story.

    The firm describes one of its chief selling points as its “unparalleled geopolitical risk analysis,” now confirmed by the saturation of its employees in positions of power. WestExec has also succeeded in getting tech startups into defense contracts and helped defense corporations modernize with tech; it worked to help multinational companies break into China.

    One of its collaborators is the defense-centered investment group Pine Island Capital Partners, which launched a SPAC, or “blank check” company,” last year.

    Tony Blinken advised Pine Island and was a part-owner.
    Last edited by TheCitizenPatriot; 07-08-2021, 10:12 AM.

  • #2
    Maybe I haven't had enough coffee this morning... but I'm having difficulty putting together a point from the above material.

    CP- could you break that down into a short list of bullet points, which you see as the most relevant take-aways?
    "The thing about smart people is they seem like crazy people to dumb people" - Stephen Hawking


    • #3
      Bruss, if you click on the news link near the top of the post, it'll take you to the story. Skim over the text and just have a look at the graphics - they show the links between this "consulting" firm and the current administration. I tried to do a screenshot, but the images are protected somehow.

      Most pertinent ? Well, the co-founder and managing partner is now our Sec. of State - Tony Blinken.

      Listed as a "senior advisor", Jen "Circle Back" Psaki is now Droolin' Joe's mouthpiece.

      The list goes on and on....


      • #4
        The people pulling the strings are way above these people, and way above Osama bin obama. The 13 satanic families are the masters. Only way to slay the snake is to sever the head. God wins.


        • #5
          Geppetto, call your office. :^)


          • #6
            Pinnbidenochio has some questions.
            Last edited by beowulf; 07-09-2021, 12:14 PM.