Former Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul warned that a "false flag" event could get President-elect Donald Trump in a foreign entanglement and said a "shadow government" undermined President Barack Obama's foreign policy, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller Monday.
During Trump's campaign for the presidency, he railed against the Iraq war. "The War in Iraq we spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, we don't even have it. Iran is taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world, obviously it was a mistake. George Bush made a mistake," the president-elect said during a February debate.
Paul has made a career partly out of attacking policies that championed the Iraq war, but the libertarian does not think that Trump's victory marked a defeat for neoconservatives. "He's very friendly with a lot of them right now, he's talking to them," Paul said. "We don't have a final answer, we have to wait to see who get's appointed."
He added, "He doesn't talk about blowback and coming out of these countries. He has a better policy with Russia but I think he still is talking with the neoconservatives."
Paul pointed to reports that Rudy Giuliani might be named secretary of state as an example of this.
The former congressman later said, "I don't how anybody can say they know what is going to happen," with regards to the Trump administration's policies overseas.
"All we need is a false flag and an accident and everybody will be for teaching them a lesson," Paul added about the potential to intervene in the Middle East.