One of the biggest whoppers Donald Trump has told on the campaign trail is the false anecdote on how he has always been opposed to the Iraq War. This simply is not true. He repeated at the debate on Saturday night and then the following morning he continued the lie. Many journalists have looked into this opposition and the only “evidence” they can find is opposition that came a year after the war started.
Has that stopped him? Not at all. Just this morning on NBC, Trump continued to repeat the lie. The best part is, when Todd called him out Trump used the excuse that being a brilliant businessman and not a politician, nobody was writing about his opposition. Check it out:
Consider Iraq. After each pounding from U.S . warplanes, Iraq has dusted itself off and gone right back to work developing a nuclear arsenal. Six years of tough talk and U.S. fireworks in Baghdad have done little to slow Iraq’s crash program to become a nuclear power. They’ve got missiles capable of flying nine hundred kilometers—more than enough to reach Tel Aviv. They’ve got enriched uranium. All they need is the material for nuclear fission to complete the job, and, according to the Rumsfeld report, we don’t even know for sure if they’ve laid their hands on that yet. That’s what our last aerial assault on Iraq in 1999 was about. Saddam Hussein wouldn’t let UN weapons inspectors examine certain sites where that material might be stored. The result when our bombing was over? We still don’t know what Iraq is up to or whether it has the material to build nuclear weapons. I’m no warmonger. But the fact is, if we decide a strike against Iraq is necessary, it is madness not to carry the mission to its conclusion. When we don’t, we have the worst of all worlds: Iraq remains a threat, and now has more incentive than ever to attack us.
The book was from the year 2000.
There is simply no way Donald Trump can credibly say in 2002 (when the debate over the Iraq War started) he was opposed to the war. He’s lying and the media has finally started to call him out.
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