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Iraq war boosters make Trump's short list

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>> I would not have had our people in Iraq, Iraq was a disaster.>> He railed against the 2003 invasion of Iraq on the trail. But President-elect Donald Trump, now considering several staunch advocates of that war for some of his top national security posts. In the running, former top State Department official John Bolton, for Secretary of State.
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And ex-CIA Director James Woolsey, for Director of National Intelligence. Both men champions of the costly war launched by President George W Bush. Which many analysts, and Trump himself, have called one of the nation's worst foreign policy debacles. Foreign policy correspondent, Warren Strobel.>> So, the huge contradiction here between what Trump talked about on the campaign trail.
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In terms of his foreign policy which was, sort of, less aggressive, more focused on problems at home, don't get overly involved in the Middle East. And some of the people who are now being considered for top posts.>> For international peace, and security.>> Bolton was Under-Secretary of State, and was an ally of Vice President Dick Cheney, strongly in favor of the Iraq War.
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>> Trump identified Bolton, who favors an aggressive US policy abroad, as one of his top advisors on foreign policy.>> James Woolsey was not in government at the time. But he was somebody who was, sort of, from the outside going on TV and talking about the need to attack Iraq, and that Iraq was involved in 9/11.
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We now know after the war and everything that that was not true.>> The weapons of mass destruction, used to justify the toppling of Saddam Hussein, proving to be nonexistent.>> But, I think it's fair to say some of these people would advocate more troops in Iraq to fight ISIS.
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And they've also, if you look at their writings and speakings over the last decade or so. Some of them indicated the need to use military power to basically stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.>> More than 4,000 US troops, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, have died in Iraq since the invasion.
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Which gave rise to Al-Qaeda in Iraq, forerunner to the ultra hardline Islamic State.>>
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