Paul Wolfowitz will be voting for Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Der Spiegel, the leading neoconservative, follower of Fritz Kramer, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense laid out all the reasons why he can’t vote for Trump, because “it’s important to make it clear how unacceptable he is.”
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Though he’s not eager to vote for Clinton, he’s now one of a mile-long list of Republicans who are supporting her as “the lesser of two evils.” Many are finally turning away from Trump and coming out in support of Hillary; and despite Clinton Foundation rumors, she has an undeniably strong lead in the polls. The latest Reuters poll has Clinton ahead by 7 points, 42% to 35%, and she is holding onto critical swing states.
Wolfowitz said, “I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her.”
Wolfowitz knows what he’s talking about when it comes to foreign policy. He used to be senior advisor to President George W. Bush and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense. In 2015, he also advised Trump’s opponent, presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He is remembered most for being a main proponent of the Iraq War in 2003, which is why he is known as the “architect of the Iraq War.” He said “we would not have invaded” in hindsight since no WMDs were ever found. Afterward, he was President of the World Bank, where in 2005, he was accused of conflict of interest for giving his girlfriend at the bank a raise and special treatment.
There are many reasons he can’t get behind Donald Trump, and they all center around Trump’s foreign policy being a security risk to the United States.
- Trump doesn’t often mean what he says and he will alienate the US’ allies.
- Wolfowitz said he can’t be comfortable with Trump because, “The only way you can be comfortable about Trump’s foreign policy, is to think he doesn’t really mean anything he says. That’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be in. Our security depends on having good relationships with our allies. Trump mainly shows contempt for them. And he seems to be unconcerned about the Russian aggression in Ukraine. By doing this he tells them that they can go ahead and do what they are doing. That is dangerous.”
- He might turn a blind eye to Russian aggression in Ukraine, as it seems he’s growing closer to Putin. Wolfowitz said, “Putin is behaving in a very dangerous way. And Trump sounds as though he would simply sit back and allow that to go on. I worry about where that would end up.” The consequences of this are unthinkable.
Wolfowitz is known for having hawkish foreign policy views like Clinton, but he still has some doubts and disagreements with her. Regardless, Trump is just too reckless to get his vote.