It may have seemed shocking, but President Trump has been talking about the death and destruction caused by Bush/Obama’s foreign policy for a long time. Here’s the clip from today.
O’Reilly: “Putin’s a killer”
Pres. Trump: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think—our country’s so innocent?”
O’Reilly: I don’t know of any government leaders that are killers.
Trump: Well — take a look at what we’ve done too. We made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
O’Reilly: But mistakes are different than —
Trump: A lot of mistakes, but a lot of people were killed. A lot of killers around, believe me.”
For all the pearl clutching neocons out there, here’s a reminder that Donald Trump was winning conservative/red state primaries while saying virtually the same thing last summer. Makes you wonder if he’s been channeling Ron Paul’s foreign policy ideas—at least in theory. I know, I know—it’s all a giant conspiracy from Russia, right? Sheesh…
“On foreign policy, Hillary is trigger happy,” Trump told the crowd. “She is, she’s trigger happy. She’s got a bad temperament,” he said. “Her decisions in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya have cost trillions of dollars, thousands of lives and have totally unleashed ISIS.”
And he expressed a rarely heard appreciation for the “other side to this story,” noting: “Thousands of lives, yes, for us, but probably millions of lives in all fairness, folks” for the people of the Middle East.
Trump implied that casualties inflicted by the U.S. military were far higher than reported. “They bomb a city” and “it’s obliterated, obliterated,” he said. “They’ll say nobody was killed. I’ll bet you thousands and thousands of people were killed every time you see that television set.”
“If we would’ve done nothing,” Trump argued, “we would’ve been in much better shape.” – The Intercept