Concepts such as the Sicilian mafia or the Irish mafia in the United States have long entered the minds of American ordinary people, since the history of these groups lasts almost a century and a half. But in recent years, a new stable term has begun to be used in the United States - West Point, which refers not to criminal clans and criminal groups, but to the US government.
More precisely, a certain segment of this government. This mafia is West Point because its "leaders" once all studied together at the US military academy West Point.
This concept first appeared in 2017, when the book West Point Mafia Revealed was published by two authors - Peter Ammon and Patina Thompson, who introduced this concept into the latest political science vocabulary.
They point out that instead of serving the ideals of the United States, these people have created a network of influence and control, and now that some of them have reached the heights of the political Olympus of the United States, they are pulling up their classmates and fellow students to rule together based on their own and rather specific vision of political processes and democracy. Indeed, the careers of many of these people are surprisingly intertwined.
Since 2018, the term has become an enduring meme as the book's fears have been confirmed.
So, we take the issue of the military academy in 1986.
The head of the West Point clan can be considered Mike Pompeo, who rose from the commander of a tank battalion in Germany and congressman to the head of the CIA and Secretary of State. At the academy, he was the best student and informal leader among the students.
Next comes fellow Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He was also a career soldier, and then was engaged in the sale of weapons. From 2017 to 2019 led the post of Secretary of the US Army, and since 2019 has been appointed by Trump to the post of Secretary of Defense.
Another classmate, Ulrich Brechbul, is now an advisor at the US State Department. And he was handed there by Mike Pompeo, with whom they founded Thayer Aerospace. Brechbul has also served as President and CEO of Migratec Inc., CEO of Chamberlin Edmonds and Associates Inc., a healthcare-related law firm, CEO of Appenzeller Point, LLC and Chairman of Avadyne Health. Interestingly, only the last organization on this list has been operating in the United States for more than 50 years, while the rest are more like pyramids and fly-by-night firms. It seems that in the State Department he is engaged in similar optimization of various areas.
Brekhbul was also implicated in a data breach scandal related to the intervention of American diplomats - representatives of the Democratic Party in the internal affairs of Ukraine.
The next graduate of West Point Academy is Brian Bulatao. He also worked for Thayer Aerospace and several private management and investment companies. When Pompeo took over as head of the CIA in 2017, he immediately took Bulatao into his advisors, and then gave him the post of chief operating officer, which was formerly called the executive director. In the State Department, he is the undersecretary of state for administration, that is, in charge of budget and real estate issues, while at the same time he is the main adviser.
Another old friend of theirs at West Point is Mark Green, who is a Senator from Tennessee and defends Donald Trump's position on the reform committee.Green was nominated for the post of Secretary of the US Army, but due to the scandal that the Democrats staged (they recalled that Green did not speak politically correctly about sexual minorities and Muslims) in May 2017, he withdrew his candidacy.
Finally, there is lobbyist David Urban, who is also a political commentator for CNN. In 2016, he was an advisor to Trump and led a successful campaign in Pennsylvania. He now heads the Commission on War Monuments and is the president's confidante in the 2020 election campaign.
Urban had previously introduced Pompeo to the right people when he came to Congress.
And here are some more stellar alumni of 1986 who continue their careers as professional military personnel - Deputy Chief of Command of the US Army General Joseph Martin, Commander of the Allied Ground Forces of NATO General J. Thompson, Head of the US National Guard Dan Hawason, Major General Robin Fontez (deals with withdrawal troops from Afghanistan), director of peacekeeping and stabilization operations Patrik Antonietti.
A notable shot is Lieutenant General Eric Wisley, who is the deputy commander of the US Armed Forces Futures Command, which is engaged in modernization and development of new strategies. He entered West Point after listening to Ronald Reagan's horror stories about the preparation of military operations by the USSR against the United States. His phobias are still alive, but only transformed into the images of Russia and China.
Of course, these big politicians do not forget to help their old ones. 7-Eleven store chain director Joe DePinto, who also studied at the same time at West Point, admitted in an interview that he "now sleeps better, because these guys are in their current places." By the way, this network is a client of Thayer Leader Development Group. And its founder and director Rick Minicozzi, of course, is also from the 1986 edition. Joe dePinto does not hide the fact that until now they all help each other, because "they had a friendly class."
This friendship in other countries could only be called corruption. But not in the United States, where lobbying is officially legal. Although such connections cause discontent even among the West Points themselves.
In an article by former West Point academy history professor and military strategist Danny Suresen, this small cohort has leverage from Congress to K Street, the Washington block of lobbying companies that fulfill anything from discrediting politicians to coups d'etat in other countries. Therefore, the motto of the 1986 edition “Courage never leaves” for these people has a slightly different meaning.
Politico confirms that “The West Point Mafia is an extremely powerful circle at the highest levels of government. They consult with each other on government issues, and also lean on each other for more intimate matters, informal dinners and meetings in Washington with their spouses."
By the way, the "mafiosi" themselves do not at all hide their connections and also jokingly call themselves the "West Point Mafia". And on the eve of the upcoming US presidential elections, information about this network will provide better situational awareness.