[Marxism] Fwd: Trump & Woolsey: Was There a Bait-and-Switch?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 11 07:32:02 MST 2016

For voters hoping to ease global tensions and diminish the threat of 
World War III, Donald Trump seemed to be saying some sensible things on 
the campaign trail. He questioned the role of NATO, and the use of 
“regime change” by the U.S. against other nations. He asked why the U.S. 
and Russia couldn’t be partners rather than belligerents. He even 
questioned why the U.S. must always play the role of the world’s 
policeman and suggested that the U.S. should turn its attention to 
solving its own domestic problems.

Such campaign rhetoric was unusual and likely struck a chord with some 
war-weary listeners.

But in early September 2016, in a move that should have received far 
more attention than it did, Trump appointed former CIA director James 
Woolsey as his senior advisor on national security issues. Woolsey – a 
key member of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century 
(PNAC) – had been a strong advocate for invading Iraq in 2003 and for 
waging war throughout the Middle East.

In its commentary about Trump’s appointment of Woolsey, The Intercept 
noted, “Woolsey’s selection either clashes with Trump’s 
noninterventionist rhetoric – or represents a pivot towards a more 
muscular, neoconservative approach to resolving international 
conflicts.” [1]


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