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