By Dr. Paul Kengor
Grove City, PA -(Ammoland.com)- “George Bush made a mistake,” said Donald Trump in the South Carolina debate last week. “We should have never been in Iraq.” Trump added that “we destabilized” the larger Middle East.
Those are legitimate points of contention—though Trump should not exclude President Obama’s decision to premature pull troops from Iraq. That move by Obama in 2011 was disastrous, as so many (including Bush himself) warned it would be. It unquestionably helped enable the surge of ISIS and its establishment of a self-proclaimed “Islamic State” caliphate.
But then Donald Trump went way overboard.
“I want to tell you, they lied,” said Trump. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none.”
The “they” means George W. Bush, and (we must assume) basically Bush’s administration and entire security and foreign-policy and intelligence team.
Trump’s accusation is outrageous.
Given a chance to walk-back that remark in an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump seemed unwilling.
“Some people felt like you were going conspiratorial,” said Hannity, “suggesting that they knew that there were no weapons of mass …Read the Rest