Whether Trump is “dangerous” is an open question. It is not for us to say. Mr. Trump is not terribly diplomatic that is for sure. He seems prone to bluster and posturing, 2 traits which are not always the best thing for a commander in chief. So maybe he is dangerous. However many of the Republicans on this list are the same war hawks who prosecuted the deeply failed Bush foreign policy. So…?
The neocons feared Rand Paul because Rand would have sent them to the woodshed. The Bushites would have been all but vanquished. Now they’re afraid that their school of foreign policy, a very activist and expensive foreign policy, might suffer the same fate but in a different way under a president Trump.
I mean Trump might go into the Middle East and start an unprovoked war or something. Wait, that was Bush in Iraq.
Who knows how Trump would be? Perhaps he isn’t ready to be president. But a community organizer from Chicago was? One didn’t see this sort of thing as Obama came on the scene. Largely because Obama could be molded. Trump, the neocons fear will completely dismiss them. And they are important people. They are not to be dismissed.
Plus the neocon Republicans are big government Military Industrial Complex guys (not that Trump isn’t big government) and they are not interested in the things which concern “grass roots” conservatives. They want to control the Middle East, to secure Israel at almost any cost, and to further marginalize Russia which at the same time can be used as a foil to keep the European Union together and NATO in place. That’s why these folks don’t like Trump. If Trump had the exact same disposition psychologically but could be counted on to further a neoconservative agenda around the world you’d have heard nothing from this crew.
Plus Hillary Clinton is a neocon. So problem solved for the Bushites. Best to try to take Trump out.
(From The Washington Examiner)
The letter is signed by a handful of former high-ranking government officials, including former CIA director Michael Hayden, who recently said he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton and has described Trump as an “unwitting agent of the Russian Federation;” former Department of Homeland Security Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge; former Deputy National Security Adviser Gary Edson and former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer. The letter was also signed by Robert Blackwell and James Jeffrey, both of whom served on George W. Bush’s National Security Council during his tenure as president, and John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence.
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