The Commander In Chief Forum is history and the dissection has begun. Out of all of the bizarre statements and outright lies that came out of the mouth of Donald J. Trump, there is one that stands out from all of the rest: his claim that the U.S. could have prevented the rise of ISIS. All we needed to do was “take the oil,” he said:
I’ve always said, ‘Shouldn’t be there! But if we’re gonna get out, take the oil.’ If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS. Because ISIS formed with the power and wealth of that oil.
The first image that came to my mind was one of American soldiers, each driving a tanker truck, pulling up to an oil field, filling the truck, then driving it off into the desert, out of Iraq. But when Lauer asked Trump for clarification, Trump made it clear that his idea was that the U.S. should have left a fighting force behind that would have taken control of the Iraqi oil fields. And he seemed pretty clear that he wasn’t talking about using American troops to protect oil production for the Iraqis. He was talking about the U.S. saying to Iraq, “this oil that was yours is now ours.”
Of course, it didn’t matter to Trump that his suggestion is simply insane. We certainly couldn’t just go drain the oil fields dry and ship it all to America. And if we left a fighting force behind, that would be in violation of the Status of Forces agreement with the Iraqi government that was signed by George W. Bush.
This was just one of several moments during the Forum in which Trump, who never served but who claims he knows more than the military about all things war related, proved he has no clue and it didn’t take long for former military officers to call him out.
One of those retired military officers id former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Montel Williams. After the forum, Williams joined MSNBC anchor Brian Williams to talk about what Trump had to say. In his typical fashion, Montel was straight to the point.
We allowed Donald Trump to get a pass, making a statement again that he would support our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marine corps, and coastguardmen committing a war crime.
When you steal another country’s resources, it is part of the Geneva code. That is a war crime, it’s against a law that we have signed onto.
Montel wasn’t finished there. He goes on to rip Trump for his criticism of our current military leaders.
To denegrate the current crop of generals and leadership in our military the way Donald Trump did tonight… I was so appalled. It angered me.
Even though many Americans with a military background tend to support Republicans, it is surprising to see that Trump is outpolling Hillary with current military members and veterans, given some of the remarks he has made during the campaign. It will be interesting to see if what he said last night changes anything. My guess is the answer to that is “no.” Trump has been very careful not to criticize the enlisted troops — he only attacks the leaders, who he connects to President Obama and Clinton. And the military is no different than any other business in that the people who are lower down in the pecking order love to complain about the bosses.
But at least one outspoken veteran — Montel — who held a rank between the enlisted men and the top leaders, isn’t buying what Trump is trying to sell to his brothers in arms. Will Montel be able to get others with a military background who have been supporting Trump to agree with him?
Here’s the conversation, via MSNBC/Crooks And Liars:
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