by John Galt
July 18, 2016 05: 30 ET
It hasn’t even been 24 hours since the 60 Minutes interview aired and all anyone can say is “ugh.”
From the joint Trump/Pence interview this quote came out again (via The Hill):
Trump said the country needs to declare war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and did not rule out putting troops on the ground.
“We have people that hate us. We have people that want to wipe us out. We have people that, if given the chance, will try to wipe us out,” he said.
“We’re going to declare war against ISIS. We have to wipe out ISIS,” he continued.
What a change from several years ago:
I guess someone forgot to tell Donald that “ISIS” stands for the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
If he wants to declare war on ISIS the number of troops required to subdue and eradicate the enemy will involve over 200,000 ground troops which we do not have. On paper, the forces exist but as I highlighted last month the U.S. military is incapable of fielding more than 1/3 of its brigades as the remainder are not combat ready.
Of course his statements reflect a complete ignorance of the region which he appeared to have a better grasp of almost ten years ago. By declaring war on ISIS the risk that Turkey is drawn into the conflict to protect their interests plus engaging Iranian forces is much greater now. With Iran controlling half of Baghdad and the eastern portions of Iraq down to Basra it is not like our forces will be given carte blanche to operate in all of the Iraqi nation.
The scenario of a declared war does not even take into account the risk of direct confrontation with the Russians in Syria which needs to be avoided at all costs.
Donald Trump is demonstrating once again that he is nothing but a political opportunist and not a serious candidate for President. America is a war weary nation after 15 years in Afghanistan and an off and on intervention in Iraq and numerous other nations and Trump’s original appeal was to extract our nation from these foreign adventures.
What success can we claim for our interventions in those countries?
Our nation has now developed an internal security apparatus which would make the Stasi blush and given former burger flippers a green light to beat up handicapped kids and torture grandmothers in wheelchairs at our airports, train stations, and bus stations. In addition our 4th Amendment is now a diluted joke, where the state can take whatever evidence from citizens it sees fit and hide their interpretation or alter it until it is needed against the individual in question in a secret court with no jury and no Constitutional rights of due process.
Mission accomplished, indeed.
And now Mr. “I was against the Iraq War until I can start my own Iraq War” Trump is demonstrating once again that he will say or do anything to get elected.
God is our nation screwed.