Retired Military Col. Douglas Macgregor, who was appointed as senior adviser to newly put in performing Protection Secretary Christopher Miller this week, made the feedback in two media appearances in 2012 and 2019.
“The identical factor is essentially true for Mr. Pompeo, he has aspirations to be president,” he added. “He has his fingers out for money from the Israeli foyer, the Saudis and others.”
“I feel the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and it is subordinate parts or affiliated parts that characterize huge portions of money that over a few years have cultivated an unlimited affect in energy in Congress,” he mentioned. “I feel you’ve got bought quite a bit of folks on the Hill who fall into two classes. One class that’s interested by money and desires to be reelected, and they do not need to run the danger of the assorted lobbies which can be pushing navy motion towards Iran to contribute money to their opponents.”
Macgregor didn’t reply to requests for remark. The Division of Protection spokesperson referred MeSlop to an announcement despatched earlier this week confirming Macgregor’s appointment and that his “a long time of navy expertise shall be used to help within the continued implementation of the President’s nationwide safety priorities.”
Bolton, by way of a spokesman, mentioned, “I do not reply to anti-Semites.” The State Division declined to touch upon behalf of Pompeo.
Macgregor’s appointment as a senior adviser to the brand new performing protection secretary comes amidst a tumultuous shake up after the Pentagon changed 4 senior civilian officers, together with Protection Secretary Mark Esper, with Trump loyalists within the dwindling days of the Trump administration.
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He additionally has been a vocal opponent of the US navy’s presence in Afghanistan. Educated sources informed MeSlop’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that the White Home-directed purge on the Protection Division might have been motivated by the very fact Esper and his crew had been pushing again on a untimely withdrawal from the nation.
“Folks weren’t terribly glad about having to battle the second [war]. There was definitely no assist for combating the Germans throughout the Second World Battle. There was clearly for combating the Japanese as a result of Japan made the intense mistake of attacking us, however there was, there was nice reluctance to be concerned in these wars,” Macgregor mentioned.
“And once more, as you understand, some would argue — and there’s substantial proof for it — that the one strategy to extricate ourselves from the horrible melancholy was to deliver on this battle with Japan, which was made inevitable once we embargoed them,” he added. “That will properly have been the case”