First, one must ask, why would the President say what he tweeted and put himself out on a limb to be criticized by the Democrats, the political-left, mainstream media, and even his own supporters. Likewise, why would he subject himself to criticism from Steve Bannon loyalists and supporters many of whom are part of his base? Or those supporters who love both Trump and Bannon.

Secondly, why would Bannon who has been a trusted aide, corroborator, strategic adviser, and friend to Mr. Trump say what he said in his interview with Michael Wolf, a left-wing author. What was his reasoning and rationale, mainly because what was said, or conveyed certainly made no sense. For one reason, those from the Trump campaign who attended the meeting at Trump Tower with the Russian business people couldn’t be charged with treason because the Russians weren’t even Russian government officials, and secondly U.S. classified national secrets were not involved, revealed nor transferred to them. So certainly, there was no treason, even the slightest form of it.

And so the same questions must be asked of Bannon, why would he subject himself to the onslaught of criticism, loss of his supports and the worse the angst of his friend and the President of the United States? What does Bannon get out of all of this?

Also, considering the politics about the author, the accuracy of his comments in the book, the circumstance over which the book’s transcripts were leaked to of all papers, the liberal-left biased publication the Guardian. In addition, consider the political slant the Guardian took in the printing of their story — that put this new episode of the Trump-Bannon on the street which we are now discussing. We must therefore, also take into consideration all of the associated spin of those sources and all the following commentary derived from. So what’s behind all this? Why the risk of both men and all the fallout that comes with such a story.

Well unless there’s more to the story, there’s another side of the coin, maybe just maybe Trump and Bannon knowing something more … once again maybe there’s a grander strategy driving all this? Do the terms distraction, diversion, or deception come to mind … it wouldn’t surprise me.

Consider this, remember Donald Trump is a very unconventional individual in his thinking and his tactics, a strategist, an asymmetric schemer and out-right pretty clever man. I believe this was by design, contrived by Trump and Bannon as a tactic of presenting an overt separation between the two – providing an appearance of severing of their political and perhaps ideological ties. But here’s the deception nothing has really changed as they are clandestinely maintaining a covert dual track strategy designed to destroy the Establishment and the Swamp. This new tiff, albeit artificial and maybe made for politics and the media, perhaps is just part of the perception designed to provide the cover to create the illusion of a severing and separation between Bannon and Trump. The cover story so to speak, to all of this presents the belief that Trump no longer answers to Bannon … and no longer does Bannon have any association or influence with Trump.

Second, Bannon’s role and mission now will be to dismantle the Establishment Republicans without Trump having to attack Republicans directly. Trump will no longer be viewed as feuding with Republicans. At the same time, with a separation of Bannon from Trump, Trump can now be seen as, and be held responsible for unifying the Republican Party those who want to join with Trump. Trump will not be viewed as the bad guy. In this new strategy, Trump will be seen as only attacking Democrats, the political-left, and the mainstream media, but more focused and with vengeance.

Third, offensively, nevertheless, Trump will continue to target and go after the Democrats, which he does so well … He will be seen as only attacking Democrats, the political-left, and the mainstream media.

Finally, it should be noted that, Bannon said last night in an interview with XM-Sirius, “Trump is a great man who I continue to support day in and day out …”  What’s next, what will come from this separation and brouhaha? Stand-by, there is obviously more to all this fire and fury. Undoubtedly, there’s more to this story.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.