We've got to clean out the stables of national security as well.
‘For a bunch of small-government Republicans,’ one former denizen of the White House who has now stepped back inside for the first time in eight years, ‘these guys built a hell of an empire.’
Eight years ago, there were two deputy national security advisers; today there are a half-dozen, each with staff. In the downstairs suites of the West Wing and across the street in the Old Executive Office Building, the returnees tripped into the Homeland Security Council, created to keep order in the new, vast, often dysfunctional Homeland Security Department. In the Pentagon’s deepest crevices, the Joint Special Operations Command has mushroomed in size and influence because of the demands of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The list goes on.