Making Sense of Trump and his National Security State Critics

Originally posted at TomDispatch.

Imagine that across the planet, back in the early months of 2003, millions
of people marched
in the streets of global cities and small towns, protesting, toting
handmade signs, making their voices heard in every way they could to indicate
that the prospective Bush administration invasion of Iraq would be an immoral
disaster (and no matter what he says
now, Donald Trump was not
among them
). And imagine that they were right in ways that perhaps even
they couldn’t have dreamed of. And what of the few like the late Jonathan Schell,
who, even earlier, spoke out against the invasion of Afghanistan? Yes, we’re
talking about a world of right and yet here’s the curious thing: ever since
then, when the media focuses on our failed wars, still ongoing and spreading
so many years later, or asks for comments on what went wrong, they regularly
turn to those who were involved in launching them, sustaining them, or cheering
them on. This has been a commonplace of the last 13 years. The very people who
couldn’t have been more off the mark remain the official “experts,”
the go-to guys, on the subject. Those who got it right at the time have essentially
been disappeared. The uniquely vast antiwar movement that preceded the invasion
of Iraq has essentially been obliterated from history.

It’s not that I haven’t offered
this complaint before (more than once over the years), and yet the story always
seems to remain the same. The latest example: 50 Republican national security
figures have come out staunchly against Donald Trump and that has been a headline
story – all the Mr. Rights finally take out after Mr. Wrong – even though many
of them bear a responsibility for the very world of war and failure that helped
produce the moment of The Donald. In frustration, I asked TomDispatch
Rebecca Gordon who knows a thing or two about the criminal wars
of these last years (and has written American
Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes
to make some sense of this latest round of expertise and Election 2016. ~ Tom

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The Enemies of My Enemy May Be War Criminals

By Rebecca Gordon

It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open
announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office.
But lately this sort of thing has been happening
more and more frequently.
The most recent example: we just heard
from 50 representatives of the national security apparatus, men – and a few
women – who served under Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George
W. Bush. All of them are very worried about Donald Trump.

They think we should be alerted to the fact that the Republican standard-bearer
“lacks the character, values, and experience to be…

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