Trump’s Ignorance on Iraq an Unforced Error

Staff Sgt. Kody Cross, center, a squad leader with 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., and a Letcher, S.D., native, congratulates Iraqi army trainees on their imminent graduation from a six-week training course Feb. 13 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The more than 1,400 trainees, part of the 72nd Iraqi Army Brigade, were advised by Cross and other U.S. Soldiers and developed close relationships during the course. (Staff Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire, 1st Inf. Div.)

Trump could have benefited a great deal from attending Dispatches University. Had he taken the time to access this free resource, he wouldn’t say such stupid things about the war in Iraq.

First up, links to my series “Notes on the War in Iraq” from late 2007:

1. Since the Terrorists Target Public Opinion, So Should We

2. September 11, 2001 and the Reality of the Threat

3. What Didn’t Work Before 9/11 and What Needed to Change

4. Why We Invaded Iraq & Who Supported the Decision

5. What Went Wrong

6. What is Going Right

7. Why Withdrawal is the Wrong Strategy

8. Why it’s Difficult and Taking So Long

9. Where Things Stand as of November 2007

10. The Good News from Iraq Cannot be Ignored

11. Examples of Things that Libertarians and Liberals Explain Away

12. Many Americans Have Forgotten or Never Learned What War Is

Next, the above headline is from a post at Real Clear Politics — here’s the beginning of it:

Donald Trump talks to Mike Gallagher about his face-off with Jeb Bush over 9/11 and how much blame lies at the feet of former President George W. Bush at Saturday night’s Republican debate.

At Saturday’s debate Trump said Bush lied about the existence of weapons of mass destruction because he was wrong, but did not explicitly say the former president lied to the country into war.

“You call it whatever you want. I will tell you. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction,” Trump said Saturday.

Trump phoned in to Gallagher’s nationally syndicated program, The Mike Gallagher Show, Monday morning and further explained his position.

“You can’t say your brother kept us safe because after the World Trade Center — the World Trade Center came down during his reign. And, frankly, there was a lot of information that the CIA and the NSA, you know, you had a lot of different agencies that were poorly coordinated because they could have found out about this,” Trump said.

Read more: Real Clear Politics

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