Biden loads his administration with Obama’s old warriors


They’re Baaackkk!

Career advisors are kind of like old soldiers — only they never fade away.

Last week I posted

Biden Snubs Erdogan, Refuses To Answer Phone Call In Rare NATO Cold Shoulder

and wondered how this would portend for our upcoming foreign policy since the so called Obama/Biden policy was such a smashing success.

Biden, however, has vowed to ‘stand up’ to Erdogan, and already it appears the Turkish president is being left out in the cold, as he’s being reportedly snubbed by the Biden camp. “With just seven days until Joe Biden assumes office, the US president-elect is yet to respond to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer of a phone call, an unusual snub for a powerful Nato ally,” Middle East Eye reports Thursday


Mustang put his fingers to the keyboard and gives us this –

Do any of these names sound familiar?  Wendy Sherman, brokered the Iran deal for Obama; Victoria Nuland, leading envoy to Europe and State Department spokesperson; Amanda Sloat, Obama’s expert in trans-Atlantic affairs and US-Turkey relations; Andrea Taylor, Obama’s advisor on Russia; Jon Finer, Biden’s former speech writer and advisor to the NSC under Barack Obama; Brett McGurk, Middle East Advisor for Bush, Obama, Trump; Sasha Baker, former advisor to Elizabeth Warren (known for her far left ideas); Elizabeth Cameron, Obama’s advisor in Global Health Security; Juan Gonzalez, Biden’s former Latin American advisor; and Sumona Guha, Obama’s advisor on Middle Eastern affairs.  

Well, they’re all back in Biden’s lineup because (a) Obama’s foreign policy was such a grand success, (b) because they need the work, and (c) because these unelected officials never, ever go away.  A few important posts remain unfilled so there is still room for Susan Rice, Jaimie Gorelick, and Samantha Power.

Reams of opinion-centered articles could be written about any of these people, but for now — let’s take a look at Brett McGurk, a man who served two Republican and one Democratic presidents.  He’s no light-weight.  He is well-educated and no doubt earmarked for wondrous things in the future.  He served three clerkships for notable jurists, including William Rehnquist.  He was an associate at Kirkland and Ellis as an appellate attorney, and he taught law courses at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Secretary Kerry Speaks With Deputy Assistant Secretary McGurk


According to his biography, McGurk “helped lead negotiations with Turkey to open Incirlik Airbase for counter-ISIL missions.”The phrase “helped lead” is honorific, of course.On international councils, the person who makes coffee is helping to lead.A coalitionist, by the way is a global community organizer.He was still working in this capacity under President Trump, whom McGurk said in 2017 had dramatically accelerated the US-led campaign against ISIL.McGurk is credited with “helping to organize Arab and Kurdish fighters” in defeating ISIS [Note 4].Within the Trump administration, he “led talks with Russia and Jordan” to establish a ceasefire zone in southwest Syria.Or, he drew a map of sorts and labeled it in the Cyrillic alphabet.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, publicly credited McGurk for doing a great job in Baghdad.

In 2012, after his nomination to become the US Ambassador to Iraq, replacing James Jeffrey, a series of emails were leaked to the press that suggested McGurk was having an extra-marital affair with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon.Critics (likely Democrats) claimed that his illicit affair called into question is ability to serve as a US Ambassador; those who supported him argued that it was merely a temporary lapse in judgment. McGurk and Chon subsequently married, but Chon was fired from WSJ, allegedly for sharing articles with McGurk before publication.

When President Trump announced the US troop withdrawal from Syria, McGurk resigned his post “in protest.”The highly publicized resignation prompted President Trump to wonder, “Who is this McGurk fellow?”Within a month, McGurk openly criticized the president’s decision in The Washington Post (and on Twitter) because it was “made without deliberation, consultation with allies and Congress, or an appreciation for the facts.”

Of course, Brett McGurk has never had to personally inform a mother or wife that her husband was killed in a non-declared war in the middle of a desert no one really cares about — so one might understand why he was angry at President Trump for daring to make a presidential decision without consulting him first.On the other side of this coin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered her highest appreciation for McGurk’s skill as a professional diplomat.

More recently, McGurk served at NBC and MSNBC as a senior foreign affairs analyst and, in this capacity, regularly speaks to public audience about nation security strategy, war, diplomacy, and high-level decision-making.Of course, no one who responds to his obvious charm and charismatic personality seems to understand that war constitutes a failure in diplomacy — which brings one to wonder, which of those two is he MOST expert in?

McGurk’s nomination to serve Biden on the National Security Council was heralded in the press as sending a “strong signal to Turkey” — although no one on the NSC staff or at foggy bottom seem to know what Turkish President is likely to do.And, as our friend Bunkerville pointed out the other day, President-elect Biden refused to accept a phone call from Erdogan, and if not a diplomatic faux pas, it is at least culturally insulting.If Erdogan was looking for a signal, he received one — but the question remains, what will Erdogan do with the snub?

Mutual snubbing has been the norm between Biden and Erdogan since 2016, when then Vice President Biden made a trip to Turkey and was officially greeted by the deputy mayor of Ankara, rather than a high-ranking diplomat.Under the Trump administration, relations between the US and Turkey improved and many of the so-called flash-points of strained relations were put aside.Now they’re back with Biden assuming the presidency.According to Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, “The only thing holding the [US-Turkey] relationship together for the last several years has been Trump’s personal relationship with Erdogan.With Trump removed, Erdogan should be very worried.”

Americans should be worried, as well — particularly those who are tired of the Middle Eastern Wars of attrition.I don’t see U. S. Marines landing in Turkey to beat the heathen into compliance with Biden’s foreign policy, but there is a good possibility that the Middle Eastern sandbox will get deeper when Iran (whom Biden favors over Turkey) reaps the benefits of a decidedly leftist, poorly contrived foreign policy.And the man leading that charge will no doubt be Brett McGurk — who as one knows, is an “expert” in war and organizing armies.

Indeedy — the swamp is just fine and we can be doubly proud of our American voters; another good job.


[1] The current senior advisory committee includes Ken Dubertein, Caroline Kennedy, William Delahunt, David Axelrod, Richard Berke, Sara Bianchi, Heather Campion, Torie Clarke, Manny Diaz, Joseph Kennedy III, Susan Molinari, Philip Sharp, Olympia Snowe, Elsie Stefanik, and Christine Todd Whitman.

[2] There are over 5,000 members of the CFR, including senior politicians, more than a dozen former secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, and senior media personalities.Janet Napolitano is a member of the board, along with Fareed Zakaria.

[3] Today, Allen runs the Brooking Institute, a left-leaning think tank.

[4] One has to wonder how someone without any advanced military training is able to claim expertise in military strategy or tactics, so one suspects this credit is an undeserved laurel intended to improve the resume of a third deputy assistant to the under-secretary of (fill in the blank.)Quite often in government, the term “senior policy advisor,,” , etc., is a title with no clear delineation of responsibility.


Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

12 Responses to “Biden loads his administration with Obama’s old warriors”

  1. The Quest for Mediocrity | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] As we previously reported, most of the old gang has returned to help Uncle Joe Stal … er … Biden govern these somewhat united states, which should give no one conversant about the state of our once-great Republic cause for confidence in our future.  But there are a few new faces, as well.   […]


  2. peter3nj Says:

    Does Iran have a Zelle account with us or will pilots, planes and pallets be called into service once again?

    Liked by 3 people

  3. hocuspocus13 Says:


    Project Veritas will be releasing Part 2 of the Twitter Jack Dorsey undercover videos

    Has posted a video of the Inauguration of Donald John Trump 2017


    Liked by 1 person

  4. hocuspocus13 Says:

    Well … While we’re taking a trip down memory lane …

    I asked people I knew back then why they were going to vote for Obama? They scratched their heads and said I don’t know

    Then they said they were voting for him because he’s a black man

    I asked them if they were aware that Obama’s mother was white? They had not a clue & didn’t believe she was white even though a simple bit of reading would have proved me right

    Do you want to “Fundamentally change America” they didn’t know what that meant either

    That’s Obama’s platform they had not a clue they never read up on a man they were about to vote for

    Now keep in mind the hard work was already done for them [the research] they just had to read it! But they did not

    Evil doers wanted no Prayers in the classroom no Prayers over the kids lunch where were the American people to stand up to that & fight back? They were no where to be found rather they rolled over and played dead

    No Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in the classrooms where were the American people to fight back? They were no where to be found but rather they rolled over and played dead

    No 10 Commandments in front of Court Houses no Christian Crosses in Military Cemeteries where were the American people to fight back on all of that? MIA

    So you see where we are today was necessary to finally (thank God) open the eyes of the American People for them to get their heads out of the sand to see the truth that had always been staring them right in the face and for God’s sake finally fight back

    Is it too little too late?

    I don’t think so…

    Only time will write the History on it

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    • Mustang Says:

      I didn’t understand why anyone should vote for Obama in 2007 but was doubly stymied in 2012. Could not imagine why anyone should want Biden into the arena and do not understand why anyone would want to replace success with guaranteed failure in 2020. I guess there is much about our world I don’t know or understand. Voting for someone because he’s black sounds the exact opposite of Dr. King’s advice about character. Obama surrounded himself by Marxists; now Biden has called these same anti-American pro-Communist crap-weasels back into service. I don’t see how anyone with two brain cells could imagine this could be good for our Republic.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Speaking of memory lane……the installation of Biden says all we need to know.. it apparently will require 25,000 military…. now they don’t trust the military and are now trying to vet them… How well I recall the hours of parade with High and college marching bands, the military bands.. the waving of the American flags…. this is what Biden has brought us,

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      • hocuspocus13 Says:

        …and PS

        Last night DNI Ratcliffe released his report on 2020 Election

        China Interfered

        CIA Suppressed the information

        GOD BLESS (help) AMERICA

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  5. nrringlee Says:

    Joe Biden never met a bad idea that he did not steal and take as his own. In everything from shotgun safety in built up areas to foreign policy Joe has never had an original idea but seems to have a knack for plagiarizing the very worst ideas available. McGurk is a modern day McNamara. The springbutt who is always first with an answer but not necessary a well informed answer and certainly not an answer for which he wants to be held accountable. As for the rest of the gang these are the same folks who have led us down many a trail of tears and appear to be no better informed and no wiser for their travels. This is not a time when you want to have a kid in uniform. Breaks my heart. As a retired Marine and someone who did a lot of troop leading and recruiting in my career it breaks my heart to tell young people to avoid military service but I cannot in good conscience allow young people to be led by fools. I speak as a combat veteran of the Easter Offensive. Best historical analysis from that one for that one came from Gomer Pyle, USMC: “Surprise, surprise surprise!” We are setting up for another. Be very aware that in the first four weeks of the Harris/Biden regime dangerous thugs across the world are going to test and try to punk Slow Joe. And punk him they will. Sad day for our Republic. Semper Fidelis

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    • Mustang Says:

      ” … a modern day McNamara” is an outstanding analogy. McNamara was insufferably arrogant, and no one around him dared challenge his mostly-nut job ideas. The McNamara wall was a good example of that; it never stopped the communists, but it did get many Marines killed. I share your concerns for our military, and I think the punking has already begun.

      Semper Fi

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