Donald Trump says the Middle East would be much better with Hussein and Gadhafi ruling as they used to do.
In an interview on “State of the Union” aired on Sunday, Donald Trump was asked “if the world would be much better off if ruthless dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still in power,” according to CNN.
Donald Trump replied, “One hundred percent.”
Trump went on to explain that the now unstable countries of Iraq and Libya would have been on a more stable course had the dictators, Hussein and Gadhafi, not been forcibly removed from power.
When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein was ousted from power and eventually sentenced to death by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for crimes against humanity. He was hanged on December 30, 2006. He had been the president of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003.
Moammar Gadhafi was the main leader of Libya from 1969 to 2011, taking his role in a coup d’etat. In the process of being overthrown by NATO forces and militia in the Libyan Civil War, Gadhafi tried to escape with his bodyguards to a secure valley. A Misratan militia captured Gadhafi and shot, tortured, and beat him to death on October 20, 2011.
Donald Trump believes the dictators, although terrible people who tortured and murdered their own people, kept terrorism under control and kept the region under a better condition than it is currently in.
“I mean, look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. He (Hussein) would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like now it’s the Harvard of terrorism. If you look at Iraq from years ago, I’m not saying he was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It’s all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what’s going on.”
Trump primarily blames the situation in the Middle East around then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. He believes that the two of them “blew up” the current state of affairs in the Middle East, according to the Indian Express.
Donald Trump believes things are much worse and violent in Iraq, Libya, and surrounding areas, most likely because of ISIS. Donald mentioned tactics used by ISIS to instill fear into people, such as beheadings, drownings, and other barbaric actions.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is not sorry for his role in helping to oust Saddam Hussein from control in Iraq, although he is sorry for mistakes made in the Iraq War, according to CNN.
Blair believes Iraq is better off without Saddam and reminds people that ISIS was mainly given life in Syria and not in Iraq. However, he admits that some of the turmoil of today did come from overthrowing Saddam in 2003.
Donald Trump says human rights are continuously violated in Iraq and Libya in ways which are worse than ever before.
In the past, Saddam Hussein did use chemical weapons on the Kurds in northern Iraq, and he started wars with Iran and Kuwait.
Now Iraq must deal with sectarian tensions and ISIS, while its own army cannot stand alone to protect itself against terror groups like ISIS.
Trump is keenly aware of the war-weary populace of the United States and has been trying to stand out among the presidential candidates as a leader who would think critically before taking the country into another war.
Recently, Donald Trump claimed he was against the war in Iraq before it began. Donald says he knew all along it was a bad idea and even went as far as to say he would have fired President George W. Bush for his decision to go to war with Iraq, according to Huffpost Media.
Skeptics point out that Donald Trump was publicly outspoken about his beliefs after the fact and not before the war, although Trump claims otherwise.
Donald Trump says he would make the United States and its foreign policy strategy much better by strengthening its military, adding that no one would want to “mess with” it.
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