James Woolsey: A terrible choice, a grim portent

From The Irish Savant, originally posted on Friday, 11 November 2016

woolseyIn common with many Trump supporters on the alt-right I’ve long harboured a horrible doubt that – just maybe – he was a huckster using his marketing genius to tap into the zeitgeist, leveraging it to close the ultimate sale. Did he really plan to get on with Russia, de-fund NATO, pull American troops out of the Middle East (i.e. stop fighting wars for Israel) and instead focus attention and resources on domestic issues? If that represented his true beliefs, then he literally could not have made a worse choice for National Security Adviser.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey recognised early in his career the boundless opportunities open to an energetic shabbos goy. Shamelessly throwing in his lot with the Israeli-Jewish power structure, he became rich and powerful despite (or by way of) being mired in corruption and conflict of interest at every stage.

And he repaid his benefactors in full, enthusiastically supporting the slaughter and destruction in Iraq, Libya, Lebanon and Syria. On cue he’s now agitating for war with Iran and for taking a ‘tough stance’ with Russia. He endlessly proclaims Israel to be “America’s greatest friend and ally”. His pandering on occasion has even embarrassed many American Jews, such as when he claimed that spy Jonathan Pollard was in jail only because of his Jewishness.

He’s the Neocon’s Neocon and Trump’s stated position is not compatible with his. Someone will have to concede. I’m not optimistic.

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36 Comments to "James Woolsey: A terrible choice, a grim portent"

  1. Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
    November 13, 2016 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Choosing a person like Woolsey seems indeed contrary to what Trumps says he wants to accomplish and this requires an explanation. There are two possibilities :

    1) Trump is a fraud and he is in reality a kind of neo-con.
    2) Trump is a real American nationalist, but he chose Woolsey for some tactical reason. What could that be? Again there are two possibilities :

    1) Woolsey on his side is a kind of “life insurance”. TPTB will be less inclined to murder him, thinking that Woolsey can “control” him.
    2) Trump wants to “clean up” the CIA and for that he needs the expertise of a former insider. From Woolsey’s history it is clear that he is an opportunist who will do anything to promote his own career. Trump is the future, so Woolsey now chooses for Trump.

    Trump seems genuinely concerned about his own country, but he is clever enough to make tactical choices. That is his political “art of the deal”.

    • BlackedOut's Gravatar BlackedOut
      November 14, 2016 - 3:52 am | Permalink

      The neocons ARE craven. Many of the NeverTrumpers are trying to pretend it never happened. Perhaps many of the non-jews are simply opportunists and now see the pendulum has started swinging the other way. Not to say they are needed or to be trusted.

      • Ronald Blake's Gravatar Ronald Blake
        November 14, 2016 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

        Kristol has begun maneuvering now, making complimentary remarks about Trump.

    • David's Gravatar David
      November 14, 2016 - 7:03 am | Permalink

      Mr. Ryckaert, this is an interesting view and I am inclined towards this interpretation as well. Donald Trump knows how to negotiate with people that appear to have complex motivations, what is easily apprehended as reptilian inauthenticity in most day-to-day relationships. One encouraging thing is that Mr. Trump seems quite able to dismiss people that are not working towards his vision of the ends. His capacity to keep his circle of advisors fluid astounds me. This is no doubt all worked out in detail before one is hired.

    • Bernard's Gravatar Bernard
      November 14, 2016 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

      There’s also another alternative:
      Trump has to keep the Jewish lobby on-side after all the oblique references to Jewish money, as seen in Trump’s last campaign ad.
      The appointment may be a ‘sop’ to assuage Jewish concerns about his proclaimed support for Israel. But remember Woolsey is only an adviser, and Trump could easily override him when push comes to shove.

    • Tim Howells's Gravatar Tim Howells
      November 15, 2016 - 11:26 am | Permalink

      I’m hoping for the best. Remember that Jimmy Carter appointed a good friend and a genuine outsider, Stansfield Turner, to head up and hopefully reform the CIA. It was a disaster – Turner got eaten alive – Carter and Turner never knew what hit them.

  2. N.B. Forrest's Gravatar N.B. Forrest
    November 13, 2016 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    This is a disgusting, potentially catastrophic appointment.

    Don’t you try to screw us, Trump…..

  3. Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
    November 13, 2016 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

    The eyes tell me more than I wish to know.

  4. November 13, 2016 - 9:47 pm | Permalink
  5. November 13, 2016 - 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, recently said David Duke deserves a bullet. This statement shocked me. I hope this does not represent the views of the Trump family or Donald Trump himself.

  6. buckle's Gravatar buckle
    November 13, 2016 - 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Trump’s stated position is to shakedown NATO members for cash to purchase weapon systems from the MIC. David Duke is right – if you want to understand America watch mafia movies. They prove to be pathological or an unfunny joke at everyone’s expense other than the 1%.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      November 14, 2016 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      I was unfamiliar with the comment by Duke you mention, buckle. It provides yet more evidence that he’s a remarkably insightful gent.

  7. tadzio308's Gravatar tadzio308
    November 14, 2016 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    Woolsey may well be just a campaign decoration. Can find nothing on his being appointed the the very real government position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Keep fingers crossed.

  8. Jeff's Gravatar Jeff
    November 14, 2016 - 1:20 am | Permalink

    The infatuation in the West with the Middle East has to do with the so called holy land, a piece of desert full of primitive tribes.

    Idiotic Christians believe their saviour was born there, so they think it’s their duty to occupy it. The Neocons are the new crusaders whose mission is to defend the holy land and its people, the holy Jews.

    • David's Gravatar David
      November 14, 2016 - 6:50 am | Permalink

      Teasingly interesting, but I think not. I do not know anyone that fits the description that you provided–though I have no doubt that some such person could possibly be found in a list of TV (so-called) evangelists and their viewers. Then the discussion digresses as to whether that set would constitute an arguable sample or subset of Christians. I share some sentiments and suspicions with you in certain areas of intersection, but I believe that the argument that you constructed is too simple in its starting assumptions, which are then swiftly carried along to, again in my opinion, flawed conclusions. I think that your animus towards Christianity and Christians is clear enough. Perhaps it is even justified in some way. I only suggest–suggest, because I do not know–that putting that aside might help in your developing some countering and alternative views on this topic. Then, if you want to re-apply a hypothesis about a ‘new crusade’, maybe you may find some interesting juxtapositions and perhaps even some additional support for the case. I would sincerely be delighted to see it.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      November 14, 2016 - 8:42 am | Permalink

      The Neocons are the new crusaders whose mission is to defend the holy land and its people, the holy Jews [, and I’m proud to be subverting TOO comment threads in aid of their work. Using Christophobic slanders to fragment white unity—what little there is of it!—is what kick-starts my day, today and every other day].

      The part of Jeff’s comment he inadvertently dropped is included above in brackets.

      • David's Gravatar David
        November 15, 2016 - 8:56 am | Permalink

        Can blog posts lead to genuine, back-and-forth discussions between those with differing assumptions? How?

    • Curmudgeon's Gravatar Curmudgeon
      November 14, 2016 - 9:26 am | Permalink

      “Idiotic Christians believe their saviour was born there, so they think it’s their duty to occupy it.”
      The original idiotic Christians, who like their saviour, were born there, and have been living there for 2000 years, the last 1400 of which have been under the boot of the occupying Muslims. The crusaders only sought to regain what Whites had lost.
      What of the idiotic Jews that believe in Solomon’s Temple, or the idiotic Muslims that believe Mohamed rose to heaven there? Were the Assyrians and Egptians primitives?

  9. BlackedOut's Gravatar BlackedOut
    November 14, 2016 - 3:46 am | Permalink

    I know Woolsey has been one of many advisors to the Trump campaign but I haven’t seen that he has been named to any administration position. I have heard the names Stephen Hadley and John Bolton (Bush neocons) mentioned as well which would just as bad. Trump advisor Gen. Michael Flynn co-authored a book with Michael Ledeen who is also bad news.

    We will know soon enough. Interestingly, Trump received more votes from hispanics and asians than from jews.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      November 14, 2016 - 8:49 am | Permalink

      Irish Savant has accurately repeated what the entirety of the US media have reported. Neither Trump nor anyone in the Trump camp has denied the reports’ accuracy.

      The betrayal is in train.

      As for Jonathan Pollard, whom Irish Savant mentions near the end of the blog posting, one could do far worse than take the knee-jerk position that any apologist for Pollard—indeed anyone who speaks well of him in any way, shape, or form, however anodyne—is ipso facto an enemy of white people. That is certainly my position.

  10. halfbreed's Gravatar halfbreed
    November 14, 2016 - 4:36 am | Permalink
  11. MaryC's Gravatar MaryC
    November 14, 2016 - 4:47 am | Permalink

    Has this incident received much news coverage?
    scroll down to the short video.

  12. November 14, 2016 - 7:32 am | Permalink

    The only certain good thing about Trump’s election is that he’s not Hillary Clinton. Better/more than that, I consider a crapshoot.

    I think he’s unlikely to turn out WORSE than Clinton. But DIFFERENT? Yes, and not in a good way.

  13. Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
    November 14, 2016 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    A Woolsey appointment would be in line with Trump’s consistent wooing of, and support from, Israeli Jews.

  14. Bobby's Gravatar Bobby
    November 14, 2016 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    The above characterization of Woolsey is 100 percent accurate. I’ve listened to his interviews and watched him over many years, the man is SICKENING, in his obsequiousness to Neo-Con groups and individuals. He doesn’t have a mind of his own, zero integrity and is a SHAMELESS individual.

  15. PaleoAtlantid's Gravatar PaleoAtlantid
    November 15, 2016 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    If Trump by executive order re-instates the draft we will know with certainty his real objective.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      November 16, 2016 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Have no fear, PA, this is one thing that will happen only in the same week that hell freezes over. Reinstating the draft is a losing proposition for literally everyone in American politics and will remain so certainly as long as our fellow whites think that there’s something noble and desirable in packing their sons and, God help us, daughters off to “serve” in a hundred or more global bloodlettings in support of the aims of Israel and intenational Jewry whilst also learning that vibrancy and diversity are America’s greatest strengths. The volunteer military has also been a useful tool to show those same white girl recruits that sexual submission to black and other non- and anti-white men isn’t just OK; it’s truly laudable! So from a politician’s standpoint, what’s not to like about the status quo?

      I was myself already out of the army when the draft was abolished and recall the circumstances as if it were yesterday. Finding anyone capable of speaking in defense of the draft without reliance upon four-letter words beginning with s and f was nearly impossible back then. I suspect it would be even harder now.

  16. Rosa's Gravatar Rosa
    November 16, 2016 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    Excuse me, but I haven’t seen or read any announcement regarding this Mr Woolsey in the future Trump’s administration.
    The whole MSM in the world is trying to scare all Trump’s supporters nominating this or that person for his government. We must not play the same trick. Wait and see what happens and then, if it’s the case, cry and scream.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      November 16, 2016 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I now think you are correct, Rosa. In reviewing my own notes, I see that what I heard and read amounts to “It is reported that …” or “Reliable sources say …” and similar formulas. It was, I think, the absence of a flat denial that left me thinking along lines identical to Irish Savant’s.

      Until and unless facts emerge to support these rumors and tendentious reports, mea culpa. In the meantime, thanks for your helpful comment.

    • Steven's Gravatar Steven
      November 18, 2016 - 1:39 am | Permalink

      People need to be careful. There is a lot of BS rumors floating around about people being on Trump’s administration with no official source. Even wikileaks is floating around articles that state Joshua Wright, some google insider, is on the Trump’s transition team. But when I try to find an official source for the claim, I can’t find one anywhere.

  17. Hans's Gravatar Hans
    November 16, 2016 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    For pete’s sake, have we all forgotten that Trump’s daughter Ivanka is married to a Jew? That Trump in his campaign speech said he firmly supports the state of Israel?

    • Hans's Gravatar Hans
      November 18, 2016 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

      That Trump in his campaign speech said he firmly supports the state of Israel?

      Sorry, I meant in his “GOP nomination acceptance speech.” It wasn’t just any ordinary campaign speech.

  18. November 17, 2016 - 4:16 pm | Permalink
  19. Tony More's Gravatar Tony More
    November 18, 2016 - 4:02 am | Permalink

    and now let’s reform our police system

  20. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    November 18, 2016 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Trump has appointed Mike Huckabee Ambassador to Israel. Huckabee is a southern Baptist minister and a huge fan of Israel and the extinction of the Arabs including the Christians.
    He has lobbied for moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem for decades.

    By the Way, the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of America have created a committee to lobby for more unchecked and un vetted muslim immigration.

  21. T.J.'s Gravatar T.J.
    November 22, 2016 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

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