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Iraq invasion ‘Godfather’ berates Trump for not thinking of NEXT WAR in Syria

By Helen Buyniski – RT – November 22, 2019

Unreconstructed neocon Paul Wolfowitz has slammed President Donald Trump for ‘abandoning’ the Kurds, insisting the US will need them next time there’s a war in Syria. Trump’s blunder, then, is thinking wars can “end.”

The man once described by CNN as “the heart and soul of the Iraq war” points out in an op-ed in the New York Times on Thursday that decades of meddling in the Middle East have made the US some friends in the region – namely, the Kurds. Casting them aside, he says, will make future meddling much more difficult.

The failed war’s mastermind reminds Trump that because the US’ Kurdish and Arab allies were gracious enough to serve as cannon fodder in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, the US lost just six soldiers, compared to 11,000 from the US-backed opposition. A less belligerent mind might see this as exploitation, rather than alliance – but friendship means never having to say “sorry I turned your homeland into a hotbed of sectarian conflict.”

When the next war comes around – and Wolfowitz assures us there will be a next war – the US will be sorry it spurned its Kurdish friends, he warns. The inveterate warmonger calls Trump short-sighted for viewing all engagement in the Middle East through the lens of the Iraq and Afghanistan quagmires, and holds up a failed Shiite uprising against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as a cautionary tale of what happens when the US isn’t lurking in the shadows ready to play World Police at the drop of a shell – but glosses over the fact that every war Wolfowitz has backed in his lengthy career has ended with the “liberated” country all but turned to dust.

In Wolfowitz’s view, there is no “right” way to leave a war. “Walking away from [the Middle East] has a way of sucking America back in,” he warns – as if the power vacuum he warns will develop in the absence of a firm American hand to guide backward local politicos is an actual literal vacuum, capable of sucking American troops through space. The only way to prevent this is to prop up US “allies” at the helm of these countries and surround them with American “advisers” so they don’t make the mistake of listening to their people.

But even as he warns against allowing power vacuums to develop, he tears into former President Barack Obama for not backing the Syrian opposition’s efforts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, lamenting that a bit of support in the right place could have “toppled the regime… with little risk to Americans.” Apparently, some power vacuums are more dangerous than others.

Wolfowitz admitted in 2013 that the Iraq War was a disaster, but insisted this was only because he wasn’t actually its “architect,” all CNN plaudits aside – he had wanted Iraqi leadership from the start, rather than the embarrassingly colonialist look of having American “viceroy” Paul Bremer running the show. Americans would still be behind the scenes pulling the strings, however – he has bemoaned the lack of “leadership qualities” in Iraqi politicians as recently as 2017, insisting the US must maintain a presence in the country to keep it from “going to hell literally.” For a man who spends so much time mouthing platitudes about democracy, he is wildly allergic to self-rule by Middle Eastern peoples. Had the Bush Administration simply done things according to his plan – adopted the properly colonialist model of backing one group of Iraqis against the others – everything would have been peachy.

That complete lack of insight has made Wolfowitz one of the loudest cheerleaders for any and all wars since his tenure. He was a big fan of invading Libya, and wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal begging Trump to bomb Syria (which Trump did). It’s astonishing that any serious politician still listens to the man who infamously promised in 2003 that the Iraqi people “would greet [American troops] as liberators,” obviating the need for a heavy troop presence in the country. Trump’s repeated attempts at leaving Syria have all crumbled in the face of opposition from the entrenched interests that Wolfowitz represents. But if he stops even trying to pull Americans out of the region, Wolfowitz will be right – these wars will keep happening.

November 22, 2019 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Timeless or most popular | , ,


  1. who let saul pussywitz
    out of his kennel?

    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  2. “When the next war comes around – and Wolfowitz assures us there will be a next war”

    What gives this War Criminal the right to tell the President what to do? His record is enough to justify his public hanging in Time Square, as a warning to the rest of America’s War Criminals. They don’t even try to disguise their motives any more……….It’s just WAR WAR WAR……..but THEY never have to fight it……

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  3. Wolfowitz told us that we would be welcomed with flowers when we committed the MAJOR WAR crime of invading Iraq should be treated as the MAJOR War Criminal that he surely is.
    Wolfowitz a hero for his work & support for Israel but not for the carnage & killing he supported in Iraq & elsewhere & the shame he brought on the USA.

    Comment by trueman2u | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  4. Russia and Syria have won this war. What is done with the Kurds is not our business. I suspect that behind the scenes diplomacy caused the US to agree that it was time for the US and our allies to head home unless we wanted to push the point.

    Comment by GGH | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  5. What’s astonishing is that neither Helen, nor the other commenters, refer to the constant U.S. wars for the Jews/Israel/shekels. Or the fact that the American government is Israel’s war bitch/proxy—except for Gaza, of course. Israel does just great with fish in a barrel. Cowards!

    What’s astonishing is that we’re all still talking about Trump when this has been going on for a very long time. It’s not astonishing really, though. It’s disgusting. And Wolfowitz is only one in a long list of disgusting humans that I would love to see strung up in the city square. I would be there to watch and celebrate.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    • He shoulda kept his stupid yap shut. But OH NO. They had to keep it up. Why do these disgusting humans keep being trotted out?

      Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

      • I’m sure it’s perfectly logical—according to evil—I just can’t see it. I don’t understand.

        Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    • Would you like to see my list? I’ve got one, you know. It goes way back.

      Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  6. And now dubya is beloved. Even amongst democraps. Is Wolfie beloved too now?

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  7. CONDOLEEZA RICE, for example. Beloved, apparently. Nah, yeah, nah. It ain’t happening. Propaganda is a helluva drug.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  8. Colin Powell, You thought he was trustworthy. What a horrible joke. Why is he not trotted out, I wonder?

    Peter Jennings. Media. What a terrible thing that you all have done. I’m not sure about your forgiveness.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    • Especially since there seems to be NO REPENTANCE.

      Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  9. We all have done a terrible thing.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  10. I repent. I am so sorrowful for all my sin, for my entire life.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  11. …in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  12. He’s the only one I trust.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  13. Apparently, the road is narrow and difficult and few find it. Please find it…

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  14. I pray for you all. Pray for me, if you will.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  15. It’s okay though. I fell for it all myself. Don’t worry.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  16. Let me see what the next headline I see is. At this point, I’m just curious.

    Comment by anonymous | November 23, 2019 | Reply

  17. Trump hasn’t removed our troops.We’ve stolen Syria’s oil.That should make the neocons happy.

    Comment by George Reichel | November 24, 2019 | Reply

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