On Friday The Wall Street Journal reported president-elect Donald Trump is considering former CIA director David Petraeus, retired Marine General James Mattis, retired Army General Jack Keane, former national security adviser Stephen Hadley, and former Senator Jim Talent to fill the secretary of defense slot in his administration.
The possible selections do not bode well for the prospect of ending the wars and shrinking the footprint of the US military around the world.
The choice of Stephen Hadley is particularly worrisome. He was George W. Bush’s national security adviser and a member of the so-called Vulcans, a group of foreign policy advisers that included Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Richard Perle, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Hadley was at the forefront of an effort of spoon-feed lies to the American people prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He was behind the bogus claim Saddam Hussein was shopping for uranium in Niger. The CIA said the claim was untrue.
Bush cited the fable in his January 2003 State of the Union Address and it served as a key justification for invading Iraq.
Hadley also trotted out the claim Mohamed Atta had met with Iraqi intelligence agent Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani in the Czech Republic several months before the 9/11 attack. Neither Czech or US intelligence could verify that such a meeting ever took place.
Hadley also supports confronting Russia. He told a globalist confab at the Aspen Institute in November, 2014: “If I were in my old job I would be thinking about lethal assistance—yes. But you know this is why you have a CIA, you know this is why you have covert action and I would be thinking—do we want to do it explicitly to send a message to Putin?” He said the US should arm the neofascist leaders of Ukraine with weapons to attack ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
“In a discussion if US-Russia relations hosted by the Aspen Institute of Ideas former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley proclaimed that the US government, via the CIA, should send arms to the Ukraine government then lie about it,” Shadowproof wrote.
He supports training and arming radical jihadists in Syria. “If the Obama administration had aggressively trained and armed moderate elements of the Syrian opposition during the past 18 months, our country probably would not have to contemplate military action now,” he wrote for The Washington Post on September 18, 2013.
Hadley is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He has been a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of the CIA.
He is chairman of the board of directors at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), a federal institution that “intersects heavily with the intelligence establishment” and “seeks to control debate and decision-making on conflict resolution. Also like the NED [National Endowment for Democracy], the USIP performs in public view some of the functions traditionally conducted by the CIA and perpetuates the trend toward public funding of policy-making elites not in any way accountable to taxpayers or voters,” write Sarah Diamond and Richard Hatch.
The mere fact Trump is even considering a hardcore neocon to run the Pentagon signals the war on terror will continue and expand.
For hardcore Bush-era neocons, cabinet positions by Trump are “less about getting cushy jobs or fancy titles and more about ensuring that the US remains aggressively interventionist abroad. Indeed, many of these people split with Trump in the first place over concerns he was insufficiently hawkish, and now want jobs that would put them in a position to shift he new administration in those same hawkish directions,” writes Jason Ditz.