Sunday, September 18, 2016

Donald Trump, After Blasting Iraq War, Picks Top Iraq Hawk as Security Adviser

The Intercept on Donald Trump's newest adviser:
Donald Trump named former CIA director and extremist neoconservative James Woolsey his senior adviser on national security issues on Monday. Woolsey, who left the CIA in 1995, went on to become one of Washington’s most outspoken promoters of U.S. war in Iraq and the Middle East.

As such, Woolsey’s selection either clashes with Trump’s noninterventionist rhetoric — or represents a pivot towards a more muscular, neoconservative approach to resolving international conflicts.

Trump has called the Iraq War “a disaster.”

Woolsey, by contrast, was a key member of the Project for the New American Century — a neoconservative think tank largely founded to encourage a second war with Iraq. Woolsey signed a letter in 1998 calling on Clinton to depose Saddam Hussein and only hours after the 9/11 attacks appeared on CNN and blamed the attacks on Iraq. Woolsey has continued to insist on such a connection despite the complete lack of evidence to support his argument. He also blames Iran.

Weeks before the invasion of Iraq, Woolsey called for broader war in the Middle East, saying “World War IV” was already underway.

Woolsey has also put himself in a position to profit from the wars he has promoted. He has served as vice president of Pentagon contracting giant Booz Allen, and as chairman of Paladin Capital Group, a private equity fund that invests in national security and cybersecurity.

He chairs the leadership council at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a hawkish national security nonprofit, and is a venture partner with Lux Capital Management, which invests in emerging technologies like drones, satellite imaging, and artificial intelligence.

Woolsey went on CNN on Monday and said that he was principally motivated to support Trump because of his plans to expand U.S. military spending...
Woolsey has previously called for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be “hanged by the neck until he’s dead, rather than merely electrocuted.”
It's time to disband "Libertarians for Trump."



  1. It is not a disbanding but it certainly is muted. -> Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

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  2. I am NOT on the Trump train. But I think The Donald is playing them some. He can splash a little quid around and make the neocon pentagon brass go silent for a crucial season. This is also a cheap life insurance policy for the time being. He is famously independent and often ignores advisors or even fires them like Manafort and Lewandowski.

    1. An interesting and plausible hypothesis. How many days/weeks/months before or after election day do you think it would be before Donald Trump takes a step that we would see as America First but that the military industrial complex would see as against their interests?