Donald Trump is a wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to adopting the very same neocon policies he eschewed during the presidential campaign. The Trump administration has fostered all the neocon hallmarks evidenced by the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration, including the proffering of bogus intelligence and documents, supporting “themed” or “color” revolutions that are intent on regime change abroad, and lying to the press and the American people.
The most egregious example of Trump and White House officials engaging in a Talmudic effort to dissemble and deceive is the list of 49 questions that were to be posed to Trump by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The list was claimed by Trump to have been “leaked” by Mueller to The New York Times. Legal observers who were clued into the obvious forgery of the list due to its several grammatical errors believe that it was not leaked by Mueller but crafted by Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, who leaked it to the Times via a third party.
By blaming the leak of the list of questions on Mueller and his prosecutorial team, Trump has set up Mueller for a possible firing because he is accused of being a “leaker.” In firing FBI director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, Trump accused them of being “leakers.”
Trump, in a tweet, wrote: “So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see . . . you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!” It is obvious that Trump is, once again, trying to use the “leaker” appellation against Mueller to justify his sacking of the special counsel.
The White House also relied on a discredited and arcane report from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that suggests Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Piggybacking on this ludicrous allegation by Netanyahu to convince Trump to withdraw from the six-power nuclear agreement with Iran, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Netanyahu’s “facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.” The White House later changed “has” to “had.” The phoniness of Israel’s allegations about Iran are similar to George W. Bush’s allegation that Saddam Hussein acquired yellow cake uranium from Niger. The basis for that charge was a forged Niger government document provided by neocon agents-of-influence in Washington and Rome.
Just as the George W. Bush neocons fomented color revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Belarus, the Trump neocons, chiefly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, have green-lighted color revolutions in Nicaragua and Armenia. Both countries are pro-Russia and their themed revolutions have grown in intensity after Bolton took over the National Security Council and began hiring his neocon cronies from past administrations.
Trump has also supported the attempt to blame Russia for a contrived “chemical attack” in Douma, Syria. The “attack,” which was staged by the Saudi- and Central Intelligence Agency-supported Syrian “White Helmets,” was blamed by Trump on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The bogus incident was used by Trump as a pretext to launch a cruise missile attack on Syrian military targets.
The alleged nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England, resulted in the Trump administration blaming Russia for the attack and tightening economic sanctions on Russia. The incident resulted in the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle and the expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from the United States. In 2017, congressional-mandated sanctions against Russia resulted in the closure of the Russian consulate general in San Francisco and the declaring of several Russian diplomats as persona non grata.
In the neocons, Trump has found individuals who are as prone to lying and cheating as he is. It is a marriage made in hell.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).