ISIS better pray that Donald Trump isn’t as serious of a candidate as the role he puts on. In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, The Donald made one thing clear— he’d “bomb the hell out of them.”
“Nobody would be tougher on ISIS,” Trump stated. “The situation with ISIS has to be dealt with firmly and strongly. When you have people being beheaded, I would love not to be over there. That’s not our fight–that’s other people’s fights. That’s revolutions or whatever you want to call it.”
When posed with the question of how specifically Trump would take on the international terrorist organization, the experienced businessman came back with a violent yet economically sensible response.
“I would take away their wealth. I would take away the oil,” Trump said.
Trump elaborated that he would attack the oil sites that ISIS is now operating. ISIS is known to be luring heavy funding from the confiscated oil assets in Iraq.
“I would bomb the hell out of those oil fields. I wouldn’t send many troops because you wouldn’t need them by the time I got finished.” Trump added that after destroying millions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure, he’d then “get Exxon [and other] great oil companies to go in. They’d rebuild them so fast your head will spin.”
Donald tipped his hat to the big heads of oil and gas. “You ever see how fast they put up rigs? These guys are unbelievable.”
So, the foreign policy of Trumpster? Invade, bomb and let western-friendly corporate imperialism rebuild the nation. I have to say, that’s definitely not the blunt response you’d hear from other presidential candidates. But Donald Trump isn’t the typical pushover candidate.
Hate him or love him, The Donald is full of golden sound bites leaving media outlets a trail of golden tickets up to the Republican primary. And in all honesty, he actually speaks some truth from time-to time on real issues most agree are complications in this country.
When questioned about his previous donation habits during last week’s debate, Trump didn’t dance around the question. In fact, it seemed like he actually disapproved of the controversial Citizens United template for modern elections where candidates raise insane amounts of revenue though corporate donations and political action committees (PACs).
“I will tell you that our system is broken,” Trump said at the debate in response to an attack from Rand Paul. “I gave to many people before this. Before two months ago I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what, when I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. That’s a broken system.”
So far, I can’t tell if Donald is the buffoon Democrats love in a Republican debate or some secret political genius. Most likely it’s not the latter, since extremism of any kind doesn’t win elections, and to some extent, Trump has to know that. More than anything, his actions align with the old philosophy: any publicity is good publicity when you’re a public icon.