Aug 21, 2016

A NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE - DONALD TRUMP - COMMANDER IN CHIEF




COMMANDER IN CHIEF TRUMP? 

Let us parse this incredible statement by Donald Trump in answer to a softball question from Hugh Hewitt – Conservative talk show host and Trump supporter.

Hewitt’s inquiry concerning the Nuclear Triad of course refers to the 3 “legs” or elements of the US nuclear arsenal – 1) Land based ICBMs  2) Our Nuclear Submarine Missile Fleet and 3) Our B1 Stealth Long Range Bombers equipped with Nuclear bombs. Hewitt evidently wants to allow Trump to expound on his toughness and Commander in Chief capacity by indicating which element of our nuclear capacity Trump would make a priority.

Trump evidently has no clue what Hewitt is talking about. 

So Trump launches into a strange monologue first touting that he is 1) Trustworthy 2) Responsible and 3) Knows what he is doing. 
Then he gives his “proudest” proof of his quality:  He was “totally against going into Iraq in 2003 – 04 because it would destabilize the Middle East. He “called it VERY STRONGLY” and “IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT”

FACT:  The invasion of Iraq began on March 20 2003 and according to FACT CHECKER (non partisan FACT CHECK site)
The record of TRUMP’s pre-Iraq invasion statements 

In short:
Sept 11, 2002 Howard Stern asks Trump if he supports the invasion:

DONALD TRUMP “Yeah, I guess so. You know, I wish it was, I wish the first time it was done correctly.” 

TRUMP stated his opposition was so well known and vocal that representatives from the Bush Whitehouse came to Trump Tower in attempt to silence him, because, he said, he was getting “a disproportionate amount of publicity” for his opposition to the war.

There is no evidence this happened and given his claim of “disproportionate publicity” it seems that someone somewhere would have a record of it.

INSTEAD THESE ARE TRUMP QUOTES:
Jan. 28, 2003: Trump  on Fox “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Trump says he expects to hear “a lot of talk about Iraq and the problems,” He urges Bush to make a decision on Iraq. “Either you attack or you don’t attack,” he says. But he offers no opinion.
Cavuto: If you had to sort of breakdown for the president, if you were advising him, how much time do you commit to Iraq versus how much time you commit to the economy,
Trump: We have to — you know, it’s sort like either do it or don’t do it.
Trump: Either you attack or you don’t attack. -the point is either you do it or you don’t do it, or you — but I just — or if you don’t do it, just don’t talk about it. When you do it, you start talking about it.
AFTER INVASION
March 21, 2003: Neil Cavuto of Fox interviews Trump
Trump the war “looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint,” and he predicts the market will “go up like a rocket” after the war.
JUST 4 DAYS LATER
March 25, 2003: Donald Trump, “If they keep fighting it the way they did today, they’re going to have a real problem.” “The war’s a mess,”. WaPo interview.
July 1, 2003: HARDBALL – TRUMP “. I think the president is doing a very good job. I would love to see New York City and some of the cities and some of the states get some of the money that`s going toward Iraq”
Sept. 11, 2003: SCARBROUGH COUNTRY  TRUMP “It wasn’t a mistake to fight terrorism and fight it hard, and I guess maybe if I had to do it, I would have fought terrorism but not necessarily Iraq.”
Nov. 4, 2003: HARDBALL Trump “the economy is doing well,” but predicts “his bigger problem is going to be what’s happening in Iraq.”
Trump:. The question is whether or not we should have been in Iraq in the first place. I don’t think that this president can do anything about that. He is really — he is on a course that has to stay.
JUST AFTER LOCATING SADDAM
Dec. 15, 2003: Neil Cavuto  TRUMP “a lot of people [are] questioning” the wisdom of going to war with Iraq in the first place. But ultimately, over the next year, two years, 10 years and 20 years, this is just a great thing for the free world.

SO WE ARE NOT SURPRISED – TRUMP IS LYING AS USUAL
CONTINUED BELOW


NOW TO THE 2ND PART OF TRUMP’S ANSWER

TRUMP
 “But we have to be extremely vigilant and extremely careful when it comes
to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ballgame. Frankly, I would have said
get out of Syria; get out- if we didn’t have the power of weaponry today.
The power is so massive that we can’t just leave areas that 50 or 75 years ago
we wouldn’t care. It was hand-to-hand combat.“
TRUMP “Frankly, I would have said get out of Syria; get out” 
WE NEVER GOT INTO SYRIA DONALD

TRUMP “The power is so massive that we just can’t leave areas that 50 or 75 years ago we wouldn’t care. It was hand to hand combat”
NOW THIS IS BATSHIT CRAZY IN THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE

It was Aug 6 1945 when Hiroshima was destroyed by an Atomic Bomb. That is 71 years ago. Is Donald Trump unaware of that date? 

TRUMP “It was hand-to-hand combat”
This is a remarkable statement. Somehow Trump has the idea that 50 to 75 years ago the “Massive power” of Nuclear Weapons did not exist and that “hand-to-hand” combat was how war was fought.

We are now so used to TRUMPS prevarication that out right lies in a debate does not even register. Trump seems to think we should take his word that he was against the Iraq invasion prior to it’s launch. In fact he was so vocal about it- got such disproportionate publicity the President or the White House sent people to see him about it.

The record is clear – Trump had a half-dozen chances to voice opposition to the invasion some prior and several just after – and AT NO TIME did he say as he claims “It will destabilize the Middle East”.

But that kind of self promoting fiction is normal for Trump.

This test for Commander In Chief is the cause for much greater concern.
The US has not been in Syria
The US has had nuclear weapons for over 70 years now
And ‘hand-to-hand” combat? Does he think we were in the Civil War back 75 years ago?
Or the Middle Ages? 
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