MSNBC held a Commander in Chief Forum, where both candidates had to take questions from Matt Lauer and from veterans on board the USS Intrepid. Donald Trump was immediately asked by Lauer what experiences he has had that makes him qualified to make decisions on the military and foreign policy:
LAUER: What have you experienced in your personal life or your professional life that you believe prepares you to make the decisions that a commander-in-chief has to make?
TRUMP: Well, I’ve built a great company. I’ve been all over the world. I’ve dealt with foreign countries. I’ve done very well, as an example, tremendously well dealing with China and dealing with so many of the countries that are just ripping this country. They are just taking advantage of us like nobody’s ever seen before.
He’s done tremendously well dealing with China and Mexico? Okay, he’s gotten huge loans from the Bank of China and he has his clothing line made in both of those countries, while he rants against them taking our jobs through outsourcing our manufacturing. So is he saying that he’s qualified to make such decisions because he’s a hypocrite?
And I’ve had great experience dealing on an international basis. I look today and I see Russian planes circling our planes. They’re taunting us. I see in Iran, I see the boats taunting our ships, our destroyers, and I think…
Have to love the vagueness. He’s had “great experience dealing on an international basis,” whatever that means. Making a deal to build a hotel in Dubai does not mean you know anything about the Middle East, the military or foreign policy. And then, of course, he tries to change the subject. Lauer tried to press him for a relevant answer and he again tried to change the subject by retelling the same lie he’s been telling all along.
LAUER: But what have you done in your life that prepares you to send men and women of the United States into harm’s way?
TRUMP: Well, I think the main thing is I have great judgment. I have good judgment. I know what’s going on. I’ve called so many of the shots. And I happened to hear Hillary Clinton say that I was not against the war in Iraq. I was totally against the war in Iraq. From a — you can look at Esquire magazine from ’04. You can look at before that.
And I was against the war in Iraq because I said it’s going to totally destabilize the Middle East, which it has. It has absolutely been a disastrous war, and by the way, perhaps almost as bad was the way Barack Obama got out. That was a disaster.
Okay Donald, this is really simple. Produce one thing you said or wrote before the invasion that criticized it and predicted bad things. Reporters and researchers have searched in vain for any such statement. What you said after the fact is Monday morning quarterbacking. I can show you posts that I wrote before the invasion predicting almost precisely what the aftermath was. You could easily do the same, but not if you’re lying. Which you are.