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Dem. Senator Jim Webb, under consideration for Trump’s Defense Secretary, has history of wanting to end US foreign interventions

Dem. Senator Jim Webb, under consideration for Trump’s Defense Secretary, has history of wanting to end US foreign interventions

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Jim Webb, the iconoclastic former Democratic senator from Virginia who served as Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Navy, is under consideration for Defense secretary, according to an administration official with knowledge of the process. Webb would be an eye-opening choice as a member of the opposing party who briefly ran for president in 2015. But his views on foreign policy and military affairs align with President Donald Trump in key respects. For example, he ran for the Senate in 2006 on a platform to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, even campaigning while wearing his Marine son’s combat boots. Whether he gets the nomination “really depends on how the military views him, how the career people view him, what his view are of Syria and Afghanistan and any number of issues,” said the official, who added that a number of candidates exist. Webb, 72, penned a darkly prescient essay before the U.S.-led Iraq invasion in 2003 in which he warned that “those who are pushing for a unilateral…
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