Trump’s Wildly Unrealistic Foreign Policy Views

Last week Donald Trump did a townhall meeting hosted by Sean Hannity, who somehow managed to remove his lips from The Donald’s ass long enough to speak into a microphone. And he showed how dangerously unrealistic he is on foreign policy. Just one example will suffice:

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You look at what’s going on, World Trade Center, you look at San Bernardino, you look at so many different things. You look at Nice just recently. I have friends, they won’t go to France anymore. They love France. They love the — the city of lights, Paris. They love — they love Paris.
And I say to them, how was France this summer?
Oh, we don’t go there. No, well, France is no longer France.
And we’re going to do the same thing to our country, Sean.
So we can’t allow it to happen and I have as big a heart as anybody. We take care of people. We’ll build safe zones over in Syria. We’ll do something. We have to have the Gulf states pay for it, because the Gulf states they make nothing but money…

HANNITY: In other words, the refugees, you’ll help them.

TRUMP: A hundred percent.

HANNITY: You’ll give food, water, medicine…

TRUMP: Oh, 100 percent.

HANNITY: — supplies, baby formula, but it will be a safe zone that’s protected and not bring them here.

TRUMP: A hundred percent. A hundred percent. And we have to…

I bolded the key statement there. We’ll build safe zones in Syria. How does he intend to do that? He has no idea, nor does he have any idea how difficult that is to do. For crying out loud, we had more than 100,000 troops in Iraq and control of the government and we couldn’t keep cities safe from insurgents, there was massive bloodshed if Falluhah and other cities. How does he think we’re going to create safe zones in Syria, where we do not control the government and where there are a couple dozen militias fighting the government and one another?

Does he think we’ll just put up some yellow police tape around, say, Aleppo and just declare it off-limits? It would take tens of thousands of troops at bare minimum and they would instantly become a huge target for ISIS and other militias there. Trump seems to think he can just wave a magic wand and make things happen.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.