A toxic combination of alt-right Breitbart writers and George W. Bush neocons are consolidating their control over the Trump administration as allegations concerning the president and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, buffet the White House.
Current ex-Breitbart officials include Trump’s all-powerful chief strategist Steve Bannon and Julia Hahn. They may soon be joined by Breitbart at-large editor Joel Pollak, a South African-born lawyer who unsuccessfully challenged Representative Jan Schakowsky for her 6th congressional district seat in 2010. Pollak is being mentioned as the Trump administration’s ambassador to his native South Africa. Pollak has a reputation of attacking the African National Congress (ANC) government of South Africa and showing nostalgia for the former apartheid regime in that country. Pollak’s actual interests lie with his fellow South African Jews, whose influence that arose from their longtime control of South Africa’s diamond and gold mining industries began to wane under the ANC.
Pollak shares, with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and designated ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a total revulsion for the Palestinian people and their leadership. The trio is adamantly opposed to a Palestinian state, something that the Trump administration says it agrees with just prior to the president’s meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
In what spells further trouble for South Africa and the rest of the continent, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering appointing his Exxon Mobil Africa director Walter Kansteiner to the post of Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department’s number three position. Kansteiner was George W. Bush’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during a time the United States deployed private mercenaries, including Blackwater, to countries with significant U.S. oil and natural gas interests. These included Angola, Nigeria, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea. Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince.
Kansteiner’s return to Foggy Bottom will be welcome news to Africa’s pro-U.S. dictators, including Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Gabon’s Ali Bongo, and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila.
Prince is now the head of a secretive United Arab Emirates-based mercenary company called Reflex Responses, which is composed mostly of ex-Colombian military and paramilitary troops. Reflex Responses is fighting on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s bloody civil war and will soon base some of its operations at a new UAE military base in Berbera, a port city in the Republic of Somaliland, an unrecognized breakaway region of Somalia.
And international hedge fund tycoon George Soros will be happy to hear that two supporters of interventionist U.S.-financed “color revolutions”—Mark Green, the current chief of the International Republican Institute, an arm of the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Endowment for Democracy, and Jared Kushner friend and Greenberg-Traurig lawyer Martin Silverstein—are being mentioned as nominees to head the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was USAID that largely financed the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine and the disastrous Arab Spring rebellions in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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