Trump has installed loyalists at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies. But to what end?

first_img– Advertisement – Most of the officials and former officials interviewed this week agreed that there was a large element of score-settling and attention-grabbing by Mr. Trump and his aides as they have defied calls to concede to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. There is no evidence so far that these new appointees harbor a secret agenda on Iran or have taken up their posts with an action plan in hand. But their sudden appearance has been a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.center_img WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt installation of a group of hard-line loyalists into senior jobs at the Pentagon has elevated officials who have pushed for more aggressive actions against Iran and for an imminent withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan over the objections of the military.Mr. Trump made the appointments of four top Pentagon officials, including a new acting defense secretary, this week, leaving civilian and military officials to interpret whether this indicated a change in approach in the final two months of his presidency. Mr. Trump also named Michael Ellis as a general counsel at the National Security Agency over the objections of the director, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone.- Advertisement –last_img read more

UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April

first_img0Shares0000Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps, seen together in 2010, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a charity match in partnership with the UN © AFP/File / IAN KINGTONPARIS, France, Dec 12 – UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”. “I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more