Honestly, listening to Donald Trump talk about his military expertise is painful. Hearing Mr. Trump say that “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me,” it’s difficult to trust me. After reading this article, it’s impossible to trust Mr. Trump on ISIS policy, though he deserves an A+ in ISIS bombast.
When Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Mr. Trump who his military advisers were in September, Trump replied “We’re going to be announcing something very soon. We have a great team of people…So many great national security people, including generals, have come to us and called us, and at the top level, and they want to be involved.”
One of the names that Trump has mentioned is “retired Army Col. Jack Jacobs (now an MSNBC analyst).” Supposedly, he’s one of Mr. Trump’s “’go-to’ military advisers.” That’s news to Col. Jacobs, who said “He may have said the first person who came to mind. I know him. But I’m not a consultant. I’m not certain if he has a national security group of people. I don’t know if he does or if he doesn’t. If he does, I’m not one of them.”
Frankly, Mr. Trump’s credibility should be nonexistent after that information. Despite all of Mr. Trump’s nonsense, though, people polled think he’s the most trustworthy of the GOP presidential candidates on ISIS strategy. There must be lots of people out there that mistake dishonest bluster for credibility and expertise.
At a campaign event in Fort Dodge, IA, Trump said “I’d blow up the pipes. I’d blow up the refineries. I’d blow up every single thing. There would be nothing left. And you know what? You’d get Exxon to come in there in 2 months. You ever see how good these guys are? They’ll rebuild that sucker and it will be beautiful. And I’d ring it and I’d take the oil.”
What military adviser would instruct a president to blow up oil refinery after oil refinery and oil pipeline after oil pipeline? Then there’s the issue of whether that would bring ISIS to its knees. Why wouldn’t it be better for the military to take out military hardware and soldiers rather than pipelines and refineries? Again, if bombast made for great policy, Trump would get an A+. The bad news is that it doesn’t.
Defeating ISIS will require real military expertise, something that’s apparently missing from Mr. Trump’s campaign. With Carly Fiorina, she chaired an intelligence advisory board so she has some expertise in terms of the military. Marco Rubio currently serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations. He’s a member of the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, And Counterterrorism, too. That’s before talking about his being a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, which “makes recommendations to the Senate Armed Services Committee on authorizations for the intelligence-related components of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps.”
Mr. Trump is a military expert. If you don’t believe him, just ask him. He’ll tell you he’s the second coming of Douglas MacArthur.