“I would say John McCain’s been wrong on just about everything over the last four decades. He advocated for the Iraq War, which I think destabilized the Middle East,” said Senator Paul. In this, and many other things about McCain, Senator Paul is right.
Of Hillary Clinton's belligerent record Donald Trump observed: “Sometimes it seemed like there wasn’t a country in the Middle East that Hillary Clinton didn’t want to invade, intervene in, or topple.”
Fox News Channel on Tuesday released a 2003 video clip that it says shows Donald Trump doubting the Iraq War effort. Under the headline, "2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition," Fox News posted a clip from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," in which Trump criticizes the George W. Bush for not being decisive.
What Trump said in Youngstown was that, unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush he will deploy all of the elements of our national power to defeat not just ISIS and al Qaeda, but the ideology of radical Islam. This is a profound and remarkable change from previous administrations and one that is long overdue.
In an interview with shock jock Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002 -- six months before President George W. Bush launched his war to topple Saddam Hussein -- Donald Trump was asked if he supported invading Iraq. "Yeah, I guess so," Trump replied. "You know, I wish it was -- I wish the first time it was done correctly," Trump said.
The difference between Ronald Reagan’s toughness in advocating conservative principles and Trump’s politics of personal invective is that Reagan understood the key to building a winning conservative coalition was addition, not subtraction. Donald Trump clearly lacks Reagan's wisdom and maturity because, after Trump’s toxic behavior in South Carolina, it is going to take more than “The Art of the Deal” to rebuild the Reagan coalition if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.
Trying to defend his record of supporting such disastrous misadventures as Iraq and Libya, Marco Rubio denounced unnamed foes who he claims seek “to derail the postwar consensus about America’s role in the world.” This anonymous “they,” he added, “will never call themselves isolationists, but that is exactly what they are.” Against Ted Cruz, the likely intended target, Rubio's claim obviously is nonsense.
Washington policymakers should make foreign wars a thing of the past, no longer attempting to police the globe. Then Americans really could celebrate future Veterans Days.
No matter what he says this Friday, Bob Corker’s shameless surrender of the Senate’s power to consent to treaties and his present phony opposition to the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran dishonors the victims of 9/11 and the thousands of Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost their lives in the battle with Islamists.
Donald Trump says he would defeat ISIS by taking over the oil fields the terrorists have seized in Iraq. He would then give the money to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and to the war’s wounded warriors.
Capitol Hill hawks want to increase military outlays. Yet most U.S. "defense" spending goes for rich allies and failed states. Washington should reduce its international responsibilities and then its military outlays accordingly.
The only serious alternative to fully reentering the war is to step back, making clear that the Islamic State’s neighbors will bear the cost of any further advances.
President Obama is continuing Washington’s policy of endless war in the Middle East. Only local governments can create stability. They must adopt economic and political reforms to satisfy discontented publics, nurture popular loyalties to thwart triumphal ideological and theological movements, and employ competent militaries to suppress security threats.
ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie has a Thanksgiving message for Tea Partiers everywhere: give thanks, for unto us, an extreme liberal was given.
The US may have allowed several Iraqi terrorists in by classifying them as refugees, thanks to sloppy background checks. Two have already been arrested after the FBI caught them trying to get weapons to Iraq.
Obama and Kerry were for troops on the ground in Syria before they were against them.