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Trump praises Saddam Hussein’s terror

In this Dec. 6, 2006 file photo, former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sits in court in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Chris Hondros, Pool)
Former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein sits in court in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Chris Hondros, Pool)

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who frequently criticizes U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is praising Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness.

“Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? … But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good,” Trump told supporters at a campaign rally Tuesday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. “They didn’t read ’em the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”

Trump has previously said the world would be “100 percent better” if dictators like Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Prior to the U.S. invasion, Iraq was listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism. Hussein suppressed dissent in his country and used poison gas against 5,000 Iraqi Kurds.

Jake Sullivan, a Clinton senior policy adviser, said Trump’s “praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds.”

Sullivan said such comments “demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”

Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements have proved controversial, even within the Republican Party. He has said the United States is too fully engaged around the world and has questioned the role of NATO and said the United States has been taken advantage of by nations benefiting from its security cooperation and troop presence. Some critics within the GOP have said his policies suggest an isolationist stance in an increasingly dangerous world.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, partners among Republican congressional critics of Obama administration foreign policy, carried out a fact-check on Trump’s national security statements earlier this year at a Capitol Hill hearing.

On April 19, when the Army general selected to lead U.S. forces in South Korea testified before the committee, McCain seized the opportunity to undermine Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. withdraw its forces from the South because Seoul isn’t paying enough to cover the cost of the American military presence.

“Isn’t it the fact that it costs us less to have troops stationed in Korea than in the United States, given the contribution the Republic of Korea makes?” McCain asked Gen. Vincent Brooks.

Yes, Brooks said, telling McCain the South Koreans pay half, or $808 million annually, of the U.S. presence there.

Two days later, Trump’s claim that NATO is irrelevant and ill-suited to fight terrorism came under the microscope. As president, Trump has said he would force member nations to increase their contributions, even if that risked breaking up the 28-country alliance.

In early March, more than 70 conservative national experts, including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, wrote in an open letter that they have disagreed with one another on a variety of issues but are united in their opposition to a Trump presidency. Chertoff served in President George W. Bush’s administration.


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2 thoughts on “Trump praises Saddam Hussein’s terror”

  1. The easier you make it for the strongman to get the bad guy the easier it becomes for them to get the wrong guy. Or just any random guy.

    Even with all the protections the U.S. court system gives them people are still wrongly put on Death Row. Some get exonerated before execution, some not.

    It’s easy to say “Well, mistakes were made” until it’s you, your wife, or your children that are the subject of such mistakes.

    Do you really want to live in a country where one guy can whisper about you to his brother who whispers to his friend who whispers to his pal in the Ministry who whispers about his performance statistics and you get dragged out of your house, lined up, and shot, without any due process at all, you Terrorist?

    There you go. I’ve just labeled you a terrorist, and please report to the nearest detention center for your immediate execution. What, I need evidence or something?

    May you never be labeled a ‘terrorist’ for posting to such anti-establishment blogs as Capitol Hill Blue. I wish you the best of Trump’s World.


  2. Sullivan said such comments “demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”

    Actually it highlights how much smarter Trump is than the standard Beltway wisdom. Saddam was evil, of course, but the Bush administration unleashed an even greater evil by eliminating Hussein and his government apparatus. The Bush people had no clue how to contain the Kurd/Shiite/Sunni conflict and Iraq is a failed state today, with ongoing murder and terrorism in the streets.

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