Is there a worse job than being a Trump surrogate? Every day you have to defend the monumentally idiotic things he says. Rudy Giuliani went on a Sunday morning show to defend his statement that we should have taken the oil in Iraq during and after our invasion. But he couldn’t do it without lying.
“One of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq,” Stephanopoulos asked. “Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft?
“Well, no. I — he — he said take it so that the Islamic State then would not have had it available,” Giuliani replied before the host asked him, “That’s not legal, is it?”
“Of course it’s legal. It’s a war,” Giuliani retorted before grinning and adding, “Until the war is over, anything’s legal.”
The war is over, Rudy. The war — invasion — of Iraq ended with the Status of Forces Agreement. And Trump was talking about taking the oil during that war. Now here’s the big lie:
“He says we should’ve taken it,” Stephanopoulos interjected.“He didn’t say we should we take it for ourselves necessarily, that we should secure it so it doesn’t get taken by terrorist forces, and then we can have some say, some control over the distribution of it,” Giuliani replied. “Now if we’re going to have lost that many people in Iraq, we should have something to say about how that oil is distributed. That would’ve been the reason I would’ve done it. Maybe I wouldn’t have anticipated, but it certainly would’ve been good if this had been done. If we had secured that oil, we would not be dealing with ISIS today. They wouldn’t exist!”
No, he did not say that we should have protected it (which we did, while we were occupying that country), he said he would take it for ourselves. The exact quote:
“We go in, we spent $3 trillion. We lose thousands and thousands of lives, and then look, what happens is we get nothing. You know, it used to be the victor belong the spoils. Now, there was no victor there, believe me. There was no victory. But I always said, take the oil.”
To the victor goes the spoils and we should have taken the oil. Not one word about protecting it from ISIS, which did not exist at the time. And remember, taking the oil would also have meant denying it to the government we set up and the people of Iraq. Oil provides 60% of their entire economy. That would have meant a deep economic depression and massive poverty on top of what they have already endured. Trump’s position is indefensible on any possible level, deeply immoral, pragmatically disastrous. Wrong in every way. That’s why it can’t be defended without lying.