|Ah, sheesh... The Iraq war... Which Iraq... Oh, that one... Whoops?|
For months now, Donald Trump has claimed that he opposed the Iraq War before the invasion began and holds the decision up as an example of his luxuriously awesome judgment on foreign policy issues.
As it turns out Trump is so emphatic about his anti-war stance that at a Republican debate in September of last year he claimed he could provide at least 25 news stories showing his early opposition to the Iraq War.
Lest anyone doubt what a military mastermind Trump is at last weekend's Republican debate, for at least the fourth time onstage, he proclaimed again that the Iraq war was a mistake. Then just for good measure he went as far as to call George W. Bush a liar as far as his having knowledge about whether there were WMD's in Iraq...
"Obviously the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake, all right? George Bush made a mistake, we can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. Trump continued. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction – there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction."
At this point everyone was saying to themselves: 'Alright Donald we get it, you're a military super genius .. But he wasn't done!
The morning after the debate Trump went on Fox & Friends and again claimed that he was “the only one with the vision to have said ‘don’t do that,'” despite there being absolutely zero evidence Trump said anything negative about the Iraq war before it began. He then warned the rest of the GOP that they need to come to terms with the Iraq War saying...
"If We Don't Admit Iraq Invasion Was A Mistake, We're Not Gonna Win General Election,"
Trump went on to say that he’s not saying this stuff to win elections, but because “all smart people know that the war in Iraq was a huge bungle.”
Nope, not done blowing his own clown horn yet...
Later in the day Trump went on Meet the Press and said the U.S. was “hoodwinked” on Iraq. Then when MTP moderator Chuck Todd asked why there weren’t many articles about his opposition Trump claimed it was because he wasn’t a politician at the time saying...
“Well, I did it in 2003, I said it before that. Don’t forget, I wasn’t a politician. So people didn’t write everything I said. I was a businessperson. I was, as they say, a world-class businessperson. I built a great company, I employed thousands of people. So I’m not a politician. But if you look at 2003, there are articles. If you look in 2004, there are articles.”
I know, I know he's almost done... Hang in there!
Trump then went on ABC News "This Week" where host host George Stephanopoulos asked him about his opposition to the Iraq war and whether or not he still believed "that impeaching President Bush would be a wonderful thing,". Trump took the question as an invite to extol the virtues of his brilliant military mind... AGAIN!
" I’m the only one on the stage who said don’t go into Iraq; you’re going to destabilize the Middle East. I was against the war even though I’m the most militaristic person there is.I said, don’t go on the stage, don’t go on the -- don’t do this war. If you do this war, you’re going to destabilize the entire Middle East. That’s exactly what happened. That’s why we have the migration and all of the other problems that we have right now in the Middle East.'"
Okay, I think he's done for now, let's go talk over here...
Now that we all have gotten Trump's rundown of how amazing he would be as America's next war-doer in chief lets dig a little deeper into his claims of never ever having supported the awful, no good, very bad Iraq War.
As far as anyone can tell there is absolutely no evidence that Trump showed any opposition to the Iraq War as BuzzFeed, The Washington Post’s “Fact-checker" and Politifact have all been unable to find evidence to back up Trump's many claims.
In fact, the only thing that is absolutely certain is that Trump most definitely DID support the Iraqi War! As luck would have it in a 2002 interview with Howard Stern Trump said he was in favor of an Iraq invasion.
“Yeah I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
Here is audio of the interview...
The best part of this story came in the middle of last night's CNN Town Hall, starring The Donald, when moderator Anderson Cooper was literally handed a piece of paper about the breaking news of the Stern interview and in real time turned and asked Trump about his 2002 support of the Iraq war. Here was Trump's sputtering answer...
“No, but I mean, I—I could have said that. Nobody asked me... I wasn’t a politician. It was probably the first time anybody asked me that question.... But by the time the war started, I was against the war,”
Watch the flustered Trump yammer his answer here...
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The quick talking carnival barker is gonna have a hard time sliming his way out of this one... But we all know he will and get a bump in his poll numbers just to spite us all.