There’s a tendency in American politics for industries to be regulated by government officials who were previously employed in the industry they’re regulating. Many of those in the EPA and FDA are former Monsanto employees, and many financial regulators were once employed by some of the nation’s largest financial institutions.
This so called “revolving door” effect has its common sense critics who realize the decisions of these regulators will be biased in favor of their own industry.
The “revolving door” is the closest analogy I could come up with to explain the following story, whose headline reads like a piece out of The Onion: “ISIS Czar a Terrorist Sympathizer Once Fired by Obama for Hamas Ties”
As Judicial Watch reports, A radical foreign policy adviser fired by President Obama years ago for meeting with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is back as the administration’s new czar in charge of countering the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
The White House downplayed the new appointment by burying it deep in a press briefing delivered at a Paris hotel during the recent climate summit. “The President recently elevated Rob Malley, the NSC [National Security Council] Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, to serve now as the Senior Advisor to the President for the Counter-ISIL Campaign in Iraq and Syria,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during the briefing at the Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center. Before moving onto the next topic Earnest said the president has directed Malley to “support our reinvigorated diplomatic track toward a political transition in Syria…”
Malley grew up in France and his Egyptian-born father was a key figure in Egypt’s communist party and a close friend of Arafat’s. His parents were fervently anti-Israel and huge supporters of several leftist revolutionary liberation movements, especially the Palestinian cause.
Malley has, in the past, urged the U.S. to negotiate with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Muqtada al Sadr — terrorists all.
Is anyone else’s head blowing up over this, or is it just me?
Just as we realize it may not be in our best interest to have a former Goldman Sachs executive regulating the financial industry, it kinda goes without saying that having a terrorist sympathizer in charge of our policy on ISIS might be disastrous to our national security.
But with this administration, is anything really a surprise anymore?
[This article was written by The Analytical Economist]