Trump gets it wrong on Iraq and 9-11

MediaiteAt a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina Wednesday morning, Trump was slamming the George W. Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq when he casually mentioned that there are “secret papers” that might show that “the Saudis” were actually responsible for the attacks on 9/11.

Although 15 of the 19 terrorists were Saudi nationals, no evidence has ever been presented that the government of Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks of 9/11.

More importantly, the events of 9-11 were not presented as a justification for invading Iraq, except to the extent that nations which presented a terrorist threat (which intelligence estimates on Iraq indicated it did) should be dealt with proactively instead of waiting to respond to a potentially devastating attack.

The justification for invading Iraq was based primarily on the belief that they had an active chemical/biological warfare program and were seeking to obtain the material for a nuclear program. The first turned out to be true, if not as dangerous as believed at the time, and the second had enough evidence to convince almost everyone in politics with access to the classified material at the time... including Trump.

This entry was published Fri Feb 26 04:00:48 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-02-26 04:00:48.0. [Tweet]

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