Pentagon White House liaison Joshua Whitehouse reported that 11 advisers are leaving the Defense Policy Board, including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright.

“As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” a senior official said to Foreign Policy Nov. 25. 

The Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board advises and counsels on defense policy, but was characterized by former officials who tended to favor the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to analysts quoted by The Washington Times.

Among them was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 97, considered the architect of the conciliatory policies toward the CCP in terms of economy and diplomacy.   

Also on his way out is the principal assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security issues, David Helvey, who fostered military exchanges with the CCP’s military. They were removed on suspicion that they were copying valuable strategy data. 

Similarly, David McCormick, CEO of Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund with extensive ties to China, based in Shanghai was terminated.

Likewise, removed were retired Adm. Gary Roughead, Jane Harman, Rudy De Leon, former chief operating officer of the Pentagon, former House majority leader Eric Cantor, and David McCormick, former undersecretary of the Treasury Department during the George W. Bush administration. 

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Democrat, pushed for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, under the supposed belief that the CCP would change, but not only did it not change but it became a global threat, not only to the United States.

Although the Trump administration had been trying to effect such changes before, they were not well viewed by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper or acting Assistant Defense Secretary for Policy James Anderson, but both were also recently fired.

According to retired Navy Capt. Jim Fanell, former head of intelligence for the Pacific Fleet, the junta members represented an interference that was facilitating and “even abetting, the People’s Republic of China’s [the CCP’s] militaristic and aggressive expansion in Asia over the past decade.”

“It seems clear the membership of the board does not represent the U.S. government’s policy toward the PRC [the CCP] as espoused in the 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Strategy,” Fanell concluded.

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