Did Trump Support The Iraq War? The Evidence Is Clear That He Did

Daniel Ketchum

As proof of his stellar foreign policy experience, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has frequently claimed that he did not support the Iraq War. However – as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pointed out at the NBC Commander-in-Chief forum yesterday – Trump did in fact support the war in the beginning and there is clear audio and video evidence backing this up.

As the LA Times notes, the Trump campaign has pointed to an interview in 2003 with Neil Cavuto as proof that he opposed the war early on. However, a careful reading of this discussion reveals only slight reticence on the part of Trump for the war.

In this interview about Iraq, Trump was less interested in opposing the war than pointing out that it wasn't going so well. In fact, he and Cavuto found the time to go into a discussion about the possibility of profiting from the war.

In the case of his support for the Iraq War, Trump is a perfect example of what Thomas Payne referred to as a "sunshine soldier and summer patriot." When things seemed to be going very well in Iraq, Trump was all for it. But when things went bad by 2004, Trump was suddenly opposed.

One of Trump's principal problems regarding his support for the war in Iraq is that he has shifted his position so many times over the years he's forgotten where he thinks he stands. While he feels that he can use his pretense of opposition to the Iraq War as a political weapon against Hillary Clinton, the truth is, this isn't a weapon he has in his arsenal.

While supposedly a "successful" businessman, Trump's multiple bankruptcies suggest he wouldn't even be very good at running the United States economy. Trump's ability to out-boast and bully those around him is not a sufficient skill set for being president of the United States.

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