I want to admire Donald Trump. We all do. Well, we do admire him -- for putatively bolting from the liberal plutocrat herd and undertaking to lead America out of its morass of evil and decadence to glory and excellence.
But he makes it difficult sometimes. Almost every time it's reported he's considering somebody for a particular post in his campaign staff alarm bells go off. For instance:
Icahn endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 US presidential election. He also announced the formation of a super PAC pledging $150 million to push for corporate tax reform. Icahn will target inversions, which occur when corporations leave the U.S. to take advantage of lower tax rates elsewhere.
Upon becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump announced that he would nominate Icahn for Treasury Secretary.
Forgive me for not jumping for joy over this, but Carl Icahn first made a name for himself as corporate raider of a class that brought infamy down on its heads in the 1980s. He tried and fortunately failed to gut Dan River, the 74-year-old textile company my father retired from. His confrères like Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken got in trouble for their epic financial flim-flam back then.
Trump's pick for vice president Mike Pence has a good conservative record on many issues but is terrible on the big one rarely mentioned anymore -- Washington's World War III in the service of Israel. It's the longest aggression in American history, and in concert with the rest of Washington's foreign policy is the main thing keeping planet Earth from finally knowing peace in its first opportunity ever.
Where does Trump stand on this aeonic outrage? That's the question. He's always calling for a bigger, stronger, wealthier military. Why? Mr. Pence is also a 1960s-style war hawk -- apparently we've learned nothing from the Vietnam era:
Now via comes the real Frankenstein moment:
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........
Project for the New American Century -- scandalous Department of Homeland Security contractor Booz Allen -- am I really reading this? One some large, life-or-death subjects it must be admitted Trump is a stinking rotten Bushevik neocon. This is horrible, a nightmare that shows again what an acolyte of bastard Israeli power Trump really is.
Yes, we've got to have him for president if it's between him and Hillary, Bernie, Biden or any other criminally insane Democrat. But let's have no illusions about Trump either now or during his reign please. Iraqis, Iranians, Libyans, Ukrainians are people too -- no matter how easy it is to think of them as distant political footballs for our illustrious beltway politicians to take out their life's frustrations on.
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