The Anatomy of an Unstable Authoritarian

‘He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely,‘ Trump said in a half-hour-long phone interview with CNBC, citing ‘the way he removed our troops’ from Iraq in 2011: ‘He shouldn’t have gotten out the way he got out. It was a disaster what he did.’

Obviously fallacy…to the point of absurdity, to include the tired canard of Obama being responsible for US forces withdrawal from Iraq. In an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Trump was given a gold plated opportunity to retract or revise his lie:

Trump was asked by host Hugh Hewitt about the comments Trump made Wednesday night in Florida, and Hewitt said he understood Trump to mean “that he (Obama) created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”
Trump objected.
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Hewitt pushed back again, saying that Obama is “not sympathetic” to ISIS and “hates” and is “trying to kill them.”
“I don’t care,” Trump said, according to a show transcript. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”
So, he doubles down on a fantasy sprung from his addled mind. But wait, there’s more!
‘We had a president who decided he would announce a date, and he was gonna get out by that date. The problem is, the enemy, which really turned out to be ISIS, the enemy was sitting back and actually didn’t believe that this could be happening,’
So now, he now re-invents history by claiming that Obama set the date for US withdrawal from Iraq…instead of the agreement signed in 2008 by Bush and Maliki. That Obama sure is amazing, isn’t he?
But to put a bow on it, Trump amps the crazy to the highest level with:
‘I’m a truth-teller,’ he added. ‘All I do is tell the truth, and if at the end of 90 days I’ve fallen short … it’s okay.

How can I have any pride in my nation when the opposition to a toxic candidate like Clinton, is this guy? Thanks GOP…YOU made him the nominee. No whining allowed. This is YOUR fault.
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10 thoughts on “The Anatomy of an Unstable Authoritarian

  1. When you say the GOP made it this candidate, let’s be clear that it was the idiot primary voters who fell for this guy and supported him. It’s obvious the GOP has a party opposed his nomination for so long a period until they were forced to accept it.
    That being said he is the only alternative to Hillary Clinton.

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  2. I mentioned you about thison a radio show I cohosted today.
    I’m gonna post it when i get home.
    Here’s the audio.
    [audio src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/41339180/The%20Drift.mp3" /]

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    • Here’s the rub; we collectively seem to have it our heads that we can dictate our will at any time, and in any place, with zero respect for national sovereignty. This I believe, comes from a misguided sense of ‘American exceptionalism’ and derelict media. Our public is not educated on the dynamics of Iraqi politics. We’re not educated on the fact that Sadr’s Jaysh-al-Mahdi stood down after the withdrawal agreement was signed by Bush and Maliki…..and promised to renew their offensive if we did not abide by that withdrawal. We’re not educated on the fact that Maliki desired to consolidate his power, at the expense of the Sunni’s…which couldn’t occur with a US occupation force. Add to that the fact that the various Shi’a factions [Dawa, BADR, ISCI, etc] would not support a continued US presence without ratification by the Council of Representatives; and that the CoR was not about to grant immunity to US forces.

      The idea that the Obama Administration could arbitrarily change the withdrawal date or coerce the Maliki Regime, refutes the previous 8 years of presuming Iraq was a sovereign nation.

      All of that, rests on nothing more than speculation that a token US advisory force would have forestalled the ISIL advance into Iraq.

      But it’s a great political bumper sticker, as we clearly see. So, in US politics…that’s all that matters.

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      • I have heard some of that but you’re right, staying wasn’t an option considering situations on the ground. I believe it’s up to an administration and (yes, a ‘derelict’) media to educate the public so we don’t draw conclusions that aren’t incorrect and, indeed, may reflect badly on the administration. None of what you wrote was confidential.

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  3. BY the way, one of the things Trump is right about is Obama’s place in giving ISIS a free hand….unfortunate he used the idiotic word “founded” because one conjures up a kind of weird hat-wearing, bylaws writing, legitimate ‘club’ which FOUNDS something…he was wrong in using that word, but he made his point and I agree with it.

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    • But that wasn’t Trump’s point. He stood on his soapbox and proclaimed upon in-depth questioning, that Trump FOUNDED ISIS. Not “gave it a free hand”. FOUNDED. At least until he recanted and said it was “sarcasm”…..after every one of his supporters and surrogates tried to defend that absurd statement.

      THAT is how little Trump regards the American citizen and his supporters.

      Now, claiming Obama gave ISIS a “free hand” is at least a debatable point, provided it doesn’t ignore how ISIS came to being, and the Bush-Maliki withdrawal agreement of 2008. But, we know that Trump doesn’t thoughtfully consider facts.

      And the above is predicated on the assumption that we should have gotten re-engaged against ISIS in the first place, rather than simply let the Shi’a and Sunni fight it out.

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