How Clinton and Trump Differ on National Security
Writing for The Cipher Brief, Walter Pincus has pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump’s stance on the 2011 Libyan No Fly Zone. Trump frequently criticizes Hillary for initiating, or rather leading from behind, on the 2011 Libyan No Fly Zone which emerged from UNSCR 1973, but yet it turns out back in February 2011, he advocated airstrikes to decapitate the Qadhafi regime.
On Libya, Trump has repeatedly attacked Clinton for promoting the Obama administration’s bombing that led to the overthrow of its dictator, Moammar Gadhafi. As recently as May 25, in a speech in Anaheim, California, he described her “horribly bad judgment,” referring to “what she did with Libya, which was a total catastrophe.” However, this past Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, John Dickerson had to remind Trump that in February 2011 he, on his own video blog, said that in response to the threat Gadhafi posed to the Libyan people, “We should go in, we should stop this guy, we could go in and do it surgically, stop him from doing it and save these lives.”…..
“We should do on an humanitarian basis immediately go in to Libya, and knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically,” Trump said. Then he added, “And when it is all done, we go to the protestors who end up running the country, they will like us a lot better than if we don’t do it, more importantly we’re going to save lives, and we should then say, by the way, from all of your oil, we want reimbursement.” That’s the Trump Doctrine: Use our military for good purposes and get paid for it. National security should be run like a business, if not for a profit, at least break even.
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