On July 27, 2020, the Trump administration nominated retired U.S. Army Colonel
Douglas Macgregor to the post of Ambassador to Germany.
For those unaware of Macgregor’s credentials,
he served in the Persian Gulf War and was responsible for strategic planning
during the Kosovo Air Campaign. After retiring from the military in 2004, Macgregor
held several consulting positions and is now vice president of Burke-Macgregor,
Since 2018, Macgregor has made appearances on Tucker
Carlson Tonight where he espoused non-interventionist views on topics ranging
from North Korea to Iran. In 2019, Macgregor further solidified his noninterventionist
bona fides by speaking at the Ron
Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
After former National Security Adviser John Bolton was fired back in September
of last year, Macgregor was in consideration to fill Bolton’s role.
Unfortunately, Robert C. O’Brien, another seasoned
hawk, would later assume the position and continue the same policies
promoting D.C. hegemony.
Now, Macgregor is receiving a consolation prize as Ambassador to Germany. In
a saner political timeline, Douglas Macgregor would be nominated to much more
consequential positions such as Secretary State or Secretary of Defense, where
he could actually unwind the warfare state and bring large numbers of troops
stationed overseas back home. Alas, this is the hand we’ve been dealt with,
so we take whatever we can get.
Let’s face it, despite Tweety McTreason’s talks about America First and stopping
endless wars on the campaign trail, his administration’s efforts to scale back
the interventionist overreach of previous administrations have been lackluster
at best. And it starts with his personnel choices such as neocon Nikki
Haley when she held the post of U.N. ambassador or the aforementioned Bolton
who was egging Trump on to pursue conflict in Iran
Macgregor on the other hand is outspoken about the failures of intervention
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition, he has criticized calls for intervening in Iran. He does not view
peripheral countries such as Venezuela
as threats and is of the opinion that broad-based sanctions on the country would
make matters worse. Unlike most foreign policy experts stuck in 20th
century-style thinking, Macgregor believes it’s time to pull
troops out of places such as Japan and South Korea and bring them back
home for actual national defense purposes.
Sounds reasonable, right? Well, for most of the interventionist crowd the very
thought of having Macgregor in the Trump administration would be a nightmare.
After all, the war
machine needs to be running on all cylinders and anyone who challenges fundamental
pillars of the warfare state must be condemned. We’re already hearing the same
tropes about how he’s “anti-Semitic” simply for questioning the
US’s overly cozy
relationship with Israel. Similarly, Macgregor is also receiving flak for
not buying into the orthodox line surrounding Iran
– every neocons’ biggest boogieman.
As opposed to the propagandists babbling about Russiagate and a new Cold War
with China, Macgregor recognizes that the Cold War is over and both China
do not pose existential threats to American interests. It goes without saying
that someone with such levelheaded views on foreign affairs will be subject
to a bevy of attacks from foreign policy gatekeepers and their media mouthpieces
now that he’s been nominated as Ambassador of Germany.
As frustrating as these criticisms may be, this goes to show that Macgregor
is the real deal. When you have all the right people squawking, you know you’re
on the right path. Most importantly, it’s a sign that antiwar voices are beginning
to frighten the elites. The reason foreign policy doesn’t normally get much
press is that the typical foreign policy nominee is cut from the same interventionist
cloth as the rest. They’re essentially assembly-line robots who faithfully carry
out their neocon designers’ plans.
Rest assured, once the Senate hearings begin for Macgregor’s nomination, expect
elected officials and the media to spew all sorts of invective towards the retired
Colonel. The road to fixing the foreign policy mistakes of the last few decades
will be bumpy, but we must be prepared to fight back. Macgregor’s nomination
gives us a good place to start our fight against the interventionist consensus.
It’s not ideal, but it will get the conversation moving in a way that was unthinkable
a decade ago.
Douglas Macgregor merits our full support. It’s the least we could do for the
noninterventionist cause that has been long ignored by DC.