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In June, Donald Trump claimed he had a “foolproof” plan to defeat ISIS, but refused to share it. Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Trump said:
I do know what to do and I would know how to bring ISIS to the table or, beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly. And I’m not gonna tell you what it is tonight…. If I win, I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point, but there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory…. All I can tell you is that it is a foolproof way of winning the war with ISIS and it will 100% — at a minimum they’ll come to the table and actually they’ll be defeated very quickly.
In an interview with Iowa radio host Simon Conway, Trump said of his “foolproof” plan to defeat ISIS:
There is a way of beating ISIS so easily, so quickly and so effectively and it would be so nice…. I know a way that would absolutely give us absolute victory … The problem is people will take the idea and run with it and forget where it came from…. I ran it past two or three people.
[It’s] so simple. It’s like the paper clip. You know, somebody came up with the idea of the paper clip and made a lot of money and everybody’s saying, ‘Boy, why didn’t I think of that, it’s so simple.’ This is so simple, so surgical, it would be an unbelievable thing. Now, I’ve been around saying this, you would think somebody from the administration would at least call me and say, ‘Hey, could you tell us what it is?’ It happens to be a great idea. But at the right time, I guess I’ll give it.
Well, it got overshadowed by his feud with Marco Rubio and the release of his tax plan, but on”60 Minutes” on CBS Sunday Trump did finally reveal his foolproof plan.
Scott Pelley: We’re at war with ISIS as we sit here. How do you end it?
Donald Trump: I would end ISIS forcefully. I think ISIS, what they did, was unbelievable what they did with James Foley and with the cutting off of heads of everybody, I mean these people are totally a disaster. Now, let me just say this, ISIS in Syria, Assad in Syria, Assad and ISIS are mortal enemies. We go in to fight ISIS. Why aren’t we letting ISIS go and fight Assad and then we pick up the remnants? Why are we doing this? We’re fighting ISIS and Assad has to be saying to himself, “They have the nicest or dumbest people that I’ve ever imagined.”
Scott Pelley: Let me get this right, so we lay off ISIS for now?
Donald Trump: Excuse me, let —
Scott Pelley: Lay off in Syria, let them destroy Assad. And then we go in behind that?
Donald Trump: –that’s what I would say. Yes, that’s what I would say…. If you look at Syria. Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let ’em get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?
That’s Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS? Let Russia do it? “What the hell do we care?”
Boy, why didn’t I think of that?
He’s right. His plan is like a paperclip … if you unfolded that paperclip and stabbed yourself in the eye.
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