Iraq War Architect, Paul Wolfowitz, Is Becoming Optimistic On Trump

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

So we tried that thing called regime change in Iraq, and failed miserably. We tried it in Libya, and now there are now active slave markets in the place. But we satisfied the objective of “removing a dictator”. By the exact same reasoning, a doctor would inject a patient with “moderate” cancer cells “to improve his cholesterol numbers”, and claim victory after the patient is dead, particularly if the post-mortem shows remarkable cholesterol readings. But we know that doctors don’t do that, or, don’t do it in such a crude format, and that there is a clear reason for it. Doctors usually have some skin in the game.

 

And when a blow up happens, they invoke uncertainty, something called a Black Swan, after some book by a (very) stubborn fellow, not realizing that one should not mess with a system if the results are fraught with uncertainty, or, more generally, avoid engaging in an action if you have no idea of the outcomes. Imagine people with similar mental handicaps, who don’t understand asymmetry, piloting planes. Incompetent pilots, those who cannot learn from experience, or don’t mind taking risks they don’t understand, may kill many, but they will themselves end up at the bottom of, say, the Atlantic, and cease to represent a threat to others and mankind.

 

So we end up populating what we call the intelligentsia with people who are delusional, literally mentally deranged, simply because they never have to pay for the consequences of their actions, repeating modernist slogans stripped of all depth. In general, when you hear someone invoking abstract modernistic notions, you can assume that they got some education (but not enough, or in the wrong discipline) and too little accountability.

From Nassim Taleb’s recent post: On Interventionistas and their Mental Defects

I spent the last 50 minutes listening to an interview of neocon Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz, a truly unfortunate experience which felt like a tomahawk missile attack against my cerebrum. Regrettably, we still live in a world where you have to listen to the musings of such war criminals, as they continue to have considerable influence in certain circles of American power, and quite possibly within the Trump administration itself.

There were four main takeaways from the man’s monstrous, deluded ramblings. First, he hates being called a neocon, so make sure you continue to do so — publicly and with as much vigor as possible. Second, he’s learned absolutely zero lessons from the spectacular, historic failures that resulted from his neocon policies. This makes perfect sense, because as Taleb so eloquently noted on his piece referenced at the top, mentally deranged people in leadership positions who blow up the world suffer no consequences for their actions. Indeed, they are often rewarded handsomely for their failures (a similar thing happens in corporate America, see Wall Street). When failure is rewarded, you get a lot more of it, which pretty much summarizes the U.S. experience in the 21st century. Third, he didn’t vote for Hillary or Trump in the 2016 election. He considered voting for Hillary, but what gave him pause was the fact she wasn’t hawkish enough on Russia.

Given the above, you’d think such a man would have little to no influence within the Trump administration. Unfortunately, this is not the case, which brings us to the final takeaway. Not only has Wolfowitz become more optimistic about Trump (we all know how much bombing and destruction turns him on), but he may have his neocon tentacles deep within the Trump camp via his relationship with both General McMaster and General Mattis.

Here are a few highlights from the interview via Politico (click the link to hear the whole thing):

Iraq might descend into “chaotic violence” - or worse. The broader Middle East could “go to hell” all over again.

 

If the United States doesn’t step up under President Donald Trump, Paul Wolfowitz warns in a new interview for The Global POLITICO, our weekly podcast on world affairs in the Trump era, it would represent an “opportunity” blown, a missed chance that would result in “lost American influence” and a win for “hostile actors.”

Oh so things are going swimmingly in the Middle East. Who knew.

Yet Wolfowitz has not entirely given up on the idea that the United States is essential to stability in a region that has seen very little of it. Without American involvement, for instance, he fears Iraq could splinter apart entirely. “The alternative is to let a very important, critical part of the world go to hell literally and lose American influence,” he says. “We may not like to talk about oil, but this is the engine of the world economy and if it’s dominated by the wrong people, the consequences here in the United States are very serious.”

The guy has some nerve, but at least he doesn’t pretend U.S. interventions are driven by “human rights” concerns.

To liberals and other critics, Wolfowitz would be the last person they want Trump to listen to. Long a lightning rod because of the havoc unleashed by the Iraq invasion, Wolfowitz has never apologized for advocating the war, although he has said—and repeated in our conversation—that it was not carried out as he would have wanted it to be. In recent days he‘s jumped right back into the public debate, nudging President Trump from the pages of the Wall Street Journal to follow up his bombing strike in neighboring Syria with more aggressive action—and, he tells me, privately emailing with Trump Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security advisor H.R. McMaster, both longtime contacts since his Bush days, in hopes they will pursue a U.S. strategy of stepped-up engagement in the Middle East.

There’s that relationship I alluded to earlier, but there’s more. Specifically, Mattis was Wolfowitz’s senior military assistant when he first came to the Pentagon in 2001.

Moving along…

Like many other hawkish Republicans—“do me a favor,” he says, and don’t call him a “neocon,” which he believes is a charged word wielded by critics—Wolfowitz adamantly opposed candidate Trump in 2016, put off by his “America First” rhetoric, his rejection of the Iraq war as a disastrous mistake and his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other autocratic leaders.

 

Indeed, Wolfowitz tells me that he did not vote for Trump because he feared he would be “Obama on steroids” given Trump’s campaign-trail reluctance to project American power and leadership in the Middle East and elsewhere—and that he decided not to vote for Hillary Clinton either because he was not sure she would pursue tougher policies and thought she had joined Obama in misjudging Putin with their failed Russia “reset” policy.

 

When I ask about Trump, Wolfowitz waxes surprisingly optimistic about his chances in a region that has humbled many an American president before him. “Look, he’s said a lot of things. He’s changed a lot of things,” he says. “I don’t think anyone would deny that he’s opportunistic, and I don’t think anyone would deny that he would like to be ‘the greatest president in modern times’ or ‘huge’ or you pick your adjective. And I think to achieve a Dayton-like peace settlement in Syria would not only be something that would be widely acclaimed, it would be hugely in the interest of the United States.”

 

It’s a reminder of what a head-spinning few weeks it’s been for anyone paying attention to American foreign policy, with Wolfowitz and others who openly proclaimed Trump unfit for the presidency now contemplating the opportunity his presidency presents to advance their policy agenda, and even those who were Trump’s harshest critics within the Republican Party only a few weeks ago now praising him.

 

“I am like the happiest dude in America right now,” Senator Lindsey Graham said the other day, citing Trump’s Syria strike as well as his tough rhetoric against Iran and nuclear-armed North Korea; this winter, Graham and his close ally Senator John McCain were issuing near-daily warnings about Trump’s foreign policy. Now, he says, “we have got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years.”

 

Now 73, good-humored and gray, Wolfowitz has returned to the conservative American Enterprise Institute as a scholar since his time in Bush’s Pentagon and a short, rocky tenure as president of the World Bank. When we meet in a studio at AEI’s grandly renovated new headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue, he picks up on the phrase making the rounds in Washington that Trump’s critics take him literally but not seriously, whereas his supporters take him seriously but not literally.

Comforting to see that a notorious war criminal is not only “good humored,” but also a “scholar” at an American think tank after destroying Iraq and creating ISIS.

But hey, that’s how the American Empire rolls.

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Ignatius's picture

Any questions?

We are sooooooooooo... fucked.

The Zionistas retain the serve.

Bigly's picture

This is NOT a good thing.

The (((neocon))) hits keep coming. Lately, i am hating everything i am seeing.

Get daddy's girl and her mensch out of the wh. Drain the swamp trump. Now.

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Donald Trump (not verified) Bigly Apr 26, 2017 6:14 PM

Another jew that loves me.

I must be great.. real great. Believe me.

 

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Why won't Paul Wolfowitz stay dead?!

chunga's picture

For the last hour or so I've been trying to think of a worse endorsement than Wolfowitz and I'm stuck. Soros, I suppose.

Oh well, I'm gonna grab another beer and go back outside.

mary mary's picture

He was dead, but then he smelled blood, and that woke him up, and now I guess we will have to roll our eyes and ignore his howling "kill, kill".

Paul Kersey's picture

The Wolf in creep's clothing, along with smacked-assface Kristol, Darth Cheney and Richard "prince of darkness" Pearle are living proof that only the good die young.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Right on. Keep Bichen. Some of us aren't on vacation.

therealestg9's picture

How is Melania these days Donald?

J S Bach's picture

If we use the old adage, "You're judged by the company you keep"... then Trump is proving to be a Zio-shill just like all of his predecessors.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I also like the George Washington qoute:

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

HooRAY4rSIDE's picture

There is no end in sight to the jews that Trump has backing him up.

man of Wool's picture

Trump doesn't know fuck all about politics. He's a businessman. He's the salesman. We know he is easily influenced. He is a fake politician. 

He'll go along with the neocon -stuff because it means he can play with his military toy set. He loves all that.

He's not a Zionist shill by design. He doesn't understand what Zionism is but his son in law is a jew so they "must be alright". 

 

Bill of Rights's picture

I'm just fine you on the other hand should seek help.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

If you like it, you can stay in your delusion.

Giant Meteor's picture

F.I.N.E - Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional

It's ok, I've had those times too ..

Try warm milk and honey at night, right before bed ..

Also, ginseng worth a shot, and if all else fails, go with a twelve step program ..

Can't hurt !

Giant Meteor's picture

Sociopaths, the lot of them ...

Yog Soggoth's picture

stepped-up engagement in the Middle East. Well lets see what our counterpart Wolf blietskrieg says on the matter. (Wolf) Veee need to attack now and take all da refugees! (C0Y), but is there a master plan? (Wolf)This is what the international community has decided on, and we are behind it 100%.

Entourage's picture

This is definitely contrary to the development of feelings others have for him.

The Ram's picture

Wolfowitz is one guy I would not want as a 'supporter'.

Proctologist's picture

I'd prefer to see him on the auction block at the slave trading center in Tripoli.

Doubt he'd fetch much, though......

Paul Kersey's picture

Wolfowitz is an athletic supporter.

Bill of Rights's picture

Oh fuck off already, Trump has done plenty in his first 100 day you Soros cock suckers need to get off your knees and wake the fuck up.

spiral galaxy's picture

Right on Rights! So much negative and so instantaneous! First to jump negative on any article. I'm thinking it's Yahoo employees waiting on their termination papers .....hollow & stupid comments. :-)

Bill of Rights's picture

Oasshole was an eight year abortion yet he gets a free ride fuck all you naysayers.

Giant Meteor's picture

Point of order again. OBAM like TRUMP is a mirror of the culture, this culture, the AMerican culture. Every 4 years we are treated to national kabuki, and successive to the previous, we plumb new depths of venality, Blue team cheers and groans, Red team cheers and groans, oh my!

We been had !

This is a replay, sure the assembled cast is a bit different, seemingly with their own special agenda and slogan ..

I say seemingly, because BOTH "parties" sold out to the devil, many fucking moons ago ..

Remove all doubt .. the sociopaths are runnin this shit show ..

You know, many who voted for Obam, fell out of favor with him bigly, within weeks just as soon as he started stacking his cabinet with the same fucking tired retreads from the Slick Willy days, and of course the capper was giving Shrillery the nod, and an olive branch. Be good Shrillery, you'll get your coronation, next time, you hoser ..

Well sure, I enjoyed watching her flame out, all the fucking mud slinging, and why not.

We all are paying for these shit shows, may as well be fucking entertained, and I say Trump is doing a fine job in that department, or at least he was, 

Obam? Could not look at nor listen to him .. it was a long 8 years .. 

Trump? One  humerous son of a bitch ! A natural like G. Dubya. Better even !

So it goes ..

Giant Meteor's picture

You know Spiral, I hate to point out the obvious here but, the headline of this piece is , "Iraq War Architect, Paul Wolfowitz, Is Becoming Optimistic On Trump" and what, you thought that was gonna draw some positivity did ya?

Good God man, to most thinking people, Wolfie, along with the rest of that neocon cabal from days of yore, Iraq, 911, Patrot act , these fuckers got a plan see, and for awhile the plan fell a bit out of favor, you know, folks get wore out, metallic ribbons fade with the years, veterans offing themselves more by the day, all that blood and treasure (and fiat too) up in smoke, nothing is contained, the world is more unstable than ever, and these fuckers get their freak on because Trump has given them "hope." Hope for more foreign entanglements, clusterfucks, possibilities of greater death and destruction in endless wars ..think of the arms deals and no bid rebuilding contracts! Strictly criminal. Makes Whitey Bulger blush ..

What, you were thinking a parade maybe? Mission accomplished banners? My Pet Goat?

Paul Wolfie Wits, Cheney, Bill Kristol, that whole cast of neocons should just do the right thing and fucking disappear, being grateful they still live and breath, but nooooo, they just cannot do that can they ..

Even the shrub has (so far) the good sense to be unseen, unheard ,, except for his "wierd shit" comment at the inaugural, which you know, was sorta cute coming from him ...

 

Krungle's picture

By all means go ahead and list his accomplishments....

Giant Meteor's picture

God damn, he done previous business with the man, (Soros)

https://moneymorning.com/2016/03/02/this-little-known-trump-soros-connec...

Now the RICO case against the parties was apparently dismissed by the judge, as all parties were "working things out" on their own volition ... At least that is my understanding of it ...

Perhaps other's would like to chime in ..

Squid Viscous's picture

can someone find the clip where he spits in his comb then fixes his hair.

disgusting kike

Giant Meteor's picture

Actually he "sucked" on his comb far as I can tell ...... 20 second clip of the event, with nice music ..

You asked for it  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bnpTK5mgZQ

headdishwasher's picture

Are you sure that is not Pee Wee Herman?

Giant Meteor's picture

Let me check, be right back ..

edit;

I can see where you might think that, the whole comb sucking thing, but no, it's definitely him ..

SgtShaftoe's picture

Dear God! That's disgusting!!

David Wooten's picture

"...to follow up his bombing strike in neighboring Syria with more aggressive action..."

This is sort of off-topic but the Times of Israel is reporting that former Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said that the Islamic State had 'apologized' for a clash with Israel that took place last November.

A 'friendly fire' incident?

http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-defense-minister-says-is-apologized-to-i...

Zorba&#039;s idea's picture

Werewolfowitz, I see silver in your future.

sister tika's picture

Wolfowitz likes Trump, but he loves Jared and Princess Ivanka.

Hammer of Light's picture

Wolfowitz = one of the chief architects of NIN11 -

My government is DEAD - there is no America laughably!

Maybe we should be renamed the Terrorist States of Jewmarica with the Star of DAVID Spangled banner flying overhead....

Wolfowitz should be SHOT IN THE FACE with his cronies. I'd do that fucker for free!

Wolfowitz is a mass murder of both NIN11 and millions of other countless lives MURDERED by our NeoZIO fucking JEW ISRAELI terrorist state.

This American says - Death to their tyranny! Too bad my tax dollars pay for their secret service because most of them would be hung or shot in the face by now.

Hey Wolfowitz - FUCK YOU  you pissed stained yellow Israeli coward maggot! My Gawd I'd love to begin executing these mass murderers.

 

How's the old saying go... kill one man you're a murderer... kill a million you're a conquerer? Fuck this Zio Jew bag murderer!

Laughing.Man's picture

War by year's end (if this keeps up).

sister tika's picture

Global Satanist Jewry will end when Russia has had enough. It will come abruptly and it will happen without mercy. Listen to what Russian officials are saying. Hear their warnings. This will happen. It's only a matter of time now.

north island kiwi's picture

yes sis , problem is not many listening , i think it could still be stopped but there would need to be a mass awakening among the plebs world wide

Giant Meteor's picture

Ahhhhh, praise God, an optimist !

Consuelo's picture

 

 

The Achilles heel of Wolfowitz and those who share his 'heritage' and belief system, will ultimately be their malfeasance of honest weights & measures and fiduciary skullduggery.   it will ultimately prove their downfall.  

earleflorida's picture

it was baby bush's fault for our debt.

yeah, when he left office in 2007-08, he left obama with the worst financial crisis in history and two fucking wars.

#43 and the vulcans (wolfowitz) added ~ $6 tn and left Obama holding the bag.

yeah obama added ~ $9tn to the debt, but it took ~ $5 tn to bail-out the TBTF's & Wall Street...

and ~$3tn. to finnish up AfPak/ Iraq/ Libya debt collection.

but, when ya think about it--- it was the '911' Bush agenda that really grew our debt from $5 tn to ~ $20tn.

and now asshole trump will end-up with all Bushites starting with Wolfowitz, Kissinger (has already got the flipper's fickle pig's`ear), A-hole Card, and crazy j. bolton