Former adviser to two US presidents on air at Azeri.Today
Exclusive interview of Azeri.Today with Doug Wead, the adviser of two US presidents George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush.
Reference: Doug Wead, a historian writing about presidents, and, according to the New York Times, the best-selling author. In 1979, he became one of the founders of Mercy Corps, a charitable organization that allocated more than $ 1.5 billion to food and medicine for various countries around the world. Doug Wead is the author of 27 books. The last of his books is "All Presidents' Children" and "Raising of President". On January 4, 2004 Simon & Schuster's Atria Books published the book "Raising of a President". As a corporate motivational speaker and network marketing specialist, Doug Wead spoke before entrepreneurs in huge halls and football stadiums in forty countries around the world.
- Mr. Wead, almost four months have passed since the inauguration of President Trump. Are you pleased with the foreign policy of the new administration on Europe and the Middle East?
- Actually, I don't agree with many of the things that President Trump says and does, particularly in foreign policy, but the "legalized corruption" of the American economic system is so bad and so destructive that I felt we needed someone who is outside of the corporate clique that benefits from the process. I am hoping that wisdom and experience will prevail. But I also like that fact that he is challenging all of the assumptions about the foreign policy choices we have. I welcome someone outside the establishment, to offer ideas and leadership.
- We often hear from the Baltic countries about the Russian threat to their territorial integrity. During a recent visit to the Baltic countries, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis criticized the deployment of Russian troops at the borders of the Baltic states, calling it destabilization. Does Russia really poses a serious threat which is so much told of in Eastern Europe?
Americans and Russians think so much differently that it is hard to get a clear read on this. I have no inside knowledge of what the Russians may do. It seems to me that the cost of violating the sovereignty of the Baltic states, which would surely lead to violence, would damage Russian reputation and business far more than any profits gained by forcing their way in the region. But the Russians may think differently.
- You worked as a special assistant to George W. Bush from 1989 to 1993. What was especially memorable about that period?
- I worked in the White House in the middle of the Cold War and I eventually saw the Berlin Wall come down - on television - in my office in the White House. In fact, it was a dangerous time. There was great instability in the former Soviet Union and everything was for sale on the black market, including surface to air missiles and perhaps even nuclear weapons or radioactive materials for dirty bombs.
The Cold War was very real and very dangerous. It could have easily led to a hot confrontation on many occasions. Perhaps through misunderstanding.
- A few months after George W. Bush took office on September 11, 2001, a series of major terrorist attacks took place in the United States, in response to which Bush declared a global "war on terror". The same year, the United States invaded Afghanistan, and in 2003 they did so in Iraq. And as time has shown, terrorism spread to other regions of the Middle East after Bush. Do you think Bush’s actions were correct?
- I know George W. Bush personally. I worked closely with him at one time. Traveled with him in private airplanes, and commercial airplanes, in car caravans, Winnebago's, motels, hotels, private homes. We had long conversations. He had a special relationship with his father. It is my personal belief that he attacked Iraq as personal revenge against Saddam Hussein because the latter had ordered the assassination of his father, GHW Bush.
Just before the opening of hostilities in the Second Iraq War, Oday Hussein, son of Saddam, said, "Let not he who attacks us think that his children and mother will be safe." When I heard this I immediately thought to myself that he will make sure the two sons are killed as well.
It is this personal war, cloaked as part of the war on terror, which in my opinion has led to the great chaos in the Middle East.
In my opinion, George W. Bush was wrong. Strategically and morally. In hindsight, we can see the wisdom of his father, who ended the war with Saddam still in power. His purpose was to enforce stability among nations and to make sure that the national borders of Kuwait were respected. No more.
- On May 10, 2005, at the Liberty Square in Tbilisi, Georgian citizen of Armenian origin Vladimir Harutyunyan threw a grenade in the direction of the podium, where the presidents of Georgia and the United States were. The grenade was brought into combat condition, but it did not explode. Do you know anything about this attempt of attack against Bush? How powerful was the influence of the Armenian lobby on George W. Bush?
- I can't answer that question. I just don't know. He has many friends on both sides of that discussion who tried to influence him.
- Do you think that the new US administration will show interest in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?
- The interesting thing about Donald Trump is that he is very decisive. But he is not anxious to involve American will in every conflict.
- You are the author of 27 books. What book are you writing now, and what is it about?
- My last book was GAME OF THORNS, which was about the 2016 election between Trump and Clinton. For many years now I have been working on a book about the brothers and sisters of the American presidents. it is almost complete.
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