In an attempt to encourage crossover votes from moderate Democrats, Donald Trump has distanced himself from a longtime position of the Republican Party; he has claimed that the invasion of Iraq was predicated upon “lies” and has been rehashing the politics of 2004 in an effort to get the Cindy Sheehan vote.
In order to believe the “Bush lied” narrative, one would have to believe that the Bush Administration purposely lied about WMDs, fabricated false intelligence reports and invaded Iraq knowing full well that their lies would be exposed in a matter of months when no WMDs would be found. It’s possible, but not likely and certainly not politically advantageous.
Now, Trump is taking it one step further and has hinted at a government cover-up of a conspiracy concerning who really took-down the World Trade Center on 9/11.
At a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina, Trump was (for some reason) blasting George W. Bush as if the former president was a rival candidate. Then, the billionaire casually mentioned the supposed existence of “secret papers” that show that “the Saudis” were responsible for the September 11th attacks.
“It wasn’t the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center, we went after Iraq, we decimated the country. Iran’s taking over, okay. But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center, ‘cause they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out.”
15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi nationals but there has been no evidence that Saudi Arabia had any link to 9/11.
What we do know, however, is that 9/11 showcased our vulnerability at a time when Iraq was reported to have weapons of mass destruction and served as a perfect illustration of the kind of rogue nation that supported terrorism and posed a significant threat to the Western world and America’s allies in the region.
Whether that justified the invasion of Iraq is a matter for discussion.
However, claiming that the Saudis were behind the terrorist attacks is only one degree removed from the level of crazy found in groups blaming the Illuminati for 9/11.
Most should be willing to believe that the government has not been, is not now and will never be entirely truthful with the American people. However, ravings about “secret papers” and decades-old conspiracy theories on the campaign trail are not the signs that indicate that a candidate is ready for the Oval Office.
Though, perhaps I should mute my criticism; it seems Mr. Trump is willing to sic a legal team on any who use his own words against him.