I’m writing to plead, beg and beseech of you to speak out against the hatred the President-elect’s campaign has unleashed. More importantly, if you have his ear you need to request he do the same. He can start by returning Steve Bannon back to the shadows of Breitbart and the alt-right. A man open about his fetid prejudices has no place in the West Wing.
... I beg of you to be on the right side of history. You are in the unprecedented and unique position to stand up in this instance, and any other in the future that merits concern. It is high time that our President-elect do the same. This can start with the step of ensuring Steve Bannon does not have a position in the White House.Source
It looks like the neo-cons are oozing their way back in too. John Bolton, although not Jewish, was in tight with the neo-cons and is reportedly being considered for Secretary of State. This would be a big mistake as, even apart from his neo-con connections, he is abrasive and unpleasant and one of the least diplomatic people I've ever seen. Woolsey, a second-tier neo-con, is being described as a "Trump adviser".
Despite his professed opposition to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, President-elect Donald Trump is considering several of the major advocates of that war for top national security posts in his administration, according to Republican officials. Among those who could find places on Trump's team are former top State Department official John Bolton and ex-CIA Director James Woolsey. Both men championed the Iraq invasion, which many analysts have called one of the major U.S. foreign policy debacles of modern times.
Also involved in transition planning for Trump's presidency is Frederick Fleitz, a top aide to Bolton who earlier worked at the CIA unit that validated much of the flawed intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs.
... Fleitz, in a brief phone conversation, confirmed he was involved in Trump's transition effort, but declined further comment. A return to power for the three officials would represent a change of fortune for them and other "neoconservatives" who provided the intellectual backing for the invasion of Iraq. During the presidential campaign, some leading neoconservatives and Republican foreign policy veterans opposed Trump, saying he was unfit to lead.Source
Neo-con Eliot Cohen has apparently been in contact with someone inside the Trump team.
“After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming “you LOST!” Will be ugly,’’ tweeted Cohen, who served from 2007 to 2009 as counselor to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
He was a driving force behind an open letter last spring — eventually signed by 122 Republican national security leaders — who opposed Trump’s candidacy. Cohen, who last week had urged career officials to serve in Trump’s administration, said in an interview that a longtime friend and senior transition team official had asked him to submit names of possible national security appointees. After he suggested several people, Cohen said, his friend emailed him back in terms he described as “very weird, very disturbing.”
“It was accusations that ‘you guys are trying to insinuate yourselves into the administration…all of YOU LOST.’…it became clear to me that they view jobs as lollipops, things you give out to good boys and girls,” said Cohen, who would not identify his friend.
Cohen also said the transition official was “completely dismissive” of concerns raised about Trump’s appointment of Bannon, who Trump’s advisors have strongly defended. His friend’s email conveyed the feeling that ‘we’re so glad to see the bicoastal elites get theirs,’” added Cohen, who described the response as “unhinged.’’Source
Why is Trump or anyone in his team even talking to these people? If you have 4000 positions to fill, it would be better to walk out in the street and pick people at random than let the neo-cons back in. If they do get back in, they will find ways to subtly undermine Trump and his administration. There really is no point in trying to make distinctions between them. The neo-cons are all connected. If you let one in, you have let them all in and given the whole cabal a vector of influence into the administration.