A Tuesday article by Seattle Times reporter Jerry Brewer addressing the Percy Harvin trade to the Jets—and Carroll's belief in his ability to change people—begins with a bizarre tangent about U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
Brewer reports that Carroll spoke on the subject during a 2013 interview about his charity work. The Seattle head coach expressed his disgust over the United States' use of force in Iraq and outlined a peaceful plan he would implement instead.
Carroll’s remarks, per Brewer:
OK, let me give you an illustration. Let’s say, after all the stuff that we heard about what was going on in Iraq, we sent 10,000 people to Iraq as peacefully as we could go. And we walked wherever they would let us go, and we just talked to people and listened to what their issues were. And then we tried to figure out the best way we could support them and change things, as opposed to bombing [expletive] thousands of people with shock and awe.
It might taken us longer to influence change, but nobody would’ve died. And the power that we could’ve generated by just being willing to listen and see if there was a way we could answer their call and help them, whatever they wanted. Not tell them what to do, not change them. Just help them go where they wanted to go. What if we had done that? How much money would that have cost us?
Carroll also told Brewer he thought he could get the job done with 1,000 peace workers:
Give me a thousand peace workers that would go over and do that. Just listen and talk. Think of what we could’ve done, as opposed to killing hundreds of thousands of people whatever we did. And leave the wrath of what we did.
For anyone familiar with Carroll’s stance on U.S. government dealings, his remarks may not come as a surprise.
In 2013, Deadspin’s Jack Dickey reported about Carroll’s meeting with retired four-star general Peter Chiarelli. The meeting allegedly involved the coach asking questions about 9/11 and the potential for a government cover-up.
In any case, Carroll is here, America. If you ever need help with your foreign policy demands, he’ll get the job done without a drop of blood.
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