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

Breaking: €40K of drugs found after Gardai stop taxi in Letterkenny

first_imgTwo men have been arrested after Gardai in Letterkenny seized more than €40,000 of drugs.Following a surveillance operation, Gardai yesterday stopped a taxi and seized a large amount of drugs from one of the passengers.And in a follow-up search, another man was arrested as more drugs and a quantity of cash was seized. Both men, who are in their 20s, were taken to Letterkenny Garda station where they are being questioned.Both men are currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at Letterkenny Garda Station.Drugs seized with an estimated street value of €40,000 include:· €15,000 Cocaine· €18,000 Ecstasy Tablets· €4000 Speed/Amphetamine· €3000 Cannabis Herb· Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan welcomed the latest seizure.She said “This is a very significant seizure and demonstrates the drugs which are available on our streets.“I am appealing to members of the public to continue assisting us in our efforts to tackle the sale and supply of drugs. Any information seized will be treated with the utmost confidence.” Breaking: €40K of drugs found after Gardai stop taxi in Letterkenny was last modified: June 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldrugsletterkennytaxilast_img read more