Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy resume?
Grey Zone: ‘Butt-Kiss advised by the ‘Dark and Dirty’
By Samuel D. Finkelstein
These questions continue to loom large over the 2020 Democratic primary field: Who is Pete Buttigieg? And what is he doing here?
Seemingly overnight, the once-obscure mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city was vaulted to national prominence, with his campaign coffers stuffed with big checks from billionaire benefactors.
The publication of a list of 218 endorsements from “foreign policy and national security professionals” by Buttigieg’s campaign deepened the mystery of the mayor’s rise.
Some observers have raised questions about Pete Buttigieg’s intimate relationship with the national security state after it was revealed that his campaign had paid nearly $600,000 for “security” to a Blackwater-style military contractor.
Buttigieg’s new roster of endorsements from former high-ranking CIA officials, regime-change architects, and global financiers should raise more questions about the real forces propelling his campaign.
Pete's $179,617.04 payment to Patriot Group is by far the largest single security payment made by any Presidential campaign, for 2016 or 2020.— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) December 7, 2019
This is odd, because he's the Mayor of Indiana's 4th largest city. Not exactly a big target.
And because they're military contractors. pic.twitter.com/jbYikLVvZS
Buttigieg has offered precious few details about his policy plans, and foreign policy is no exception. His campaign website dedicates just five sentences to international affairs, none of which offer any substantive details.
Beyond a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as a Naval Reservist in 2010, the 37-year-old mayor has no first-hand foreign policy experience to speak of…read more
The spooks’ choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg’s list of national security endorsers