The Young Turks on Trump’s Call on Howard Stern’s Show to Invade Iraq

Part of Trump’s appeal lies in his repeated statements that he never supported the invasion of Iraq. Ooops! Seems like someone, in the words of George Dubya, may have ‘misremembered’. In this piece from the Young Turks, Bill Mankiewiecz, Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola discuss a recording of Donald Trump on the Howard Stern show, made before the Iraq invasion. It was made before the Iraq invasion, and it clearly shows Trump stating to the great shock jock that America should invade Iraq.

The clip was later used by the American newsman, Anderson Cooper, who asked Trump about it during an interviewed with the bewigged buffoon. Trump attempts to dismiss this evidence disproving his stance on the War by saying that he said it sometime before the Iraq invasion. He also claims that as someone in the private sector, he gets asked a lot of things, and simply didn’t remember. However, later on, shortly before or just at the time Iraq was invaded, he had changed his opinion and no longer supported the invasion.

The Turks aren’t impressed with Cooper, who they castigated for being ‘cowardly’ and too deferential to the bombastic bully. For example, Cooper asks Trump if the recording’s of him, when it’s very clear that it is. The network has factcheckers, and for them to broadcast the clip at all the clip would have to have been checked and made sure that it was definitely of Trump.

They contrast Cooper’s deferential, timid treatment of Trump with George Stephanopoulos, who also raised the question of the recording with America’s future Duce. When Oberleutnant Trump claimed that this was a long time before the Iraq invasion, and that he had changed his position to opposing the invasion by 2003, Stephanopoulos told him outright that there was absolutely no evidence he had. And he’s right. The closest there is to that evidence is a comment Trump made a party after the invasion, stating it was ‘a mess’. Trump opposes the War now, but in that he’s no different from the 70 per cent of Americans, who also changed their opinions after the War continued to drag on and deteriorate into the grinding bloodbath it is now. The Turks make it clear that that’s good enough for ordinary, regular Americans, who make no claim to running the country. But not from a candidate for leadership of the most powerful country in the world.

The Turks are keen to make the point that this isn’t a ‘gotcha’ moment. They aren’t trying to catch Trump out just to score points or embarrass him. Although in my opinion, these are good and righteous gaols in themselves. They’re trying to make the point that while Trump claims not to be a politician, he has their faults but none of their virtues. Trump’s winning because Americans feel politicians are all greasy liars. But, as Ana Kasparian points out, Trump lies like one. The professional politicos, however, no matter how mendacious, deceitful and corrupt, are expected to know and act on policy once in government. Trump doesn’t have any policies. It’s all whatever sounds good, and spin.

So not only can you not trust anything Trump says, but there’s a real danger that he still doesn’t know anything about the Middle East. America and civilisation desperately need intelligent, sensible, and informed leadership to stop the mass killings there. Putin – Putin, of all people! – has warned that there’s a real danger the situation will set off World War 3. And I think the old thug’s right. But Trump is all aggressive bullsh*t with absolutely no sensible or even settled policies for that region. A Trump could only, based on his aggressive views elsewhere, make matters worse.

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One Response to “The Young Turks on Trump’s Call on Howard Stern’s Show to Invade Iraq”

  1. 61chrissterry Says:

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    Vote for Trump and WWIII.

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