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Trump Says George W. Bush Lied About Iraq’s WMDs

9/11 Criminals and the Fear of a Trump Presidency

The video above is from Saturday night’s South Carolina Republican debate. If you fast forward to about 28:10, you’ll learn that Donald Trump doesn’t  feel the George W. Bush administration was simply mistaken about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. “They lied,” he says.

In an appearance on Face the Nation that aired Sunday morning, Trump was asked to “clarify” his comments from the debate, and he seemed to backtrack, saying Bush “may” have lied, insisting also that he wasn’t “blaming” him for 9/11. But still the words are strong. You can go here and see the full video of the Face the Nation program, and here to see the transcript of the show. Here is a bit from the transcript:

DICKERSON: You mentioned that the World Trade Center came down during George W. Bush’s presidency.

TRUMP: Right. Absolutely right.

DICKERSON: Are you blaming him for that?

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: I’m not blaming him, although the CIA and other groups, but the CIA said there was a lot of information that something like that was going to happen. I’m not blaming anybody. It’s a tragedy, horrible tragedy, worst in our country’s history, worse than Pearl Harbor because you’re talking about civilians, not the military. Right?

Thousands of people killed, a horror show. Now, could he have done something about it? His CIA knew about things happening. You could have said — but when Jeb gets up and says, we were safe under his brother, we weren’t safer. First of all, his brother got us into the war in Iraq, which is one of the worst catastrophes ever.

There were no weapons of mass destruction. The World Trade Center came down during his reign. So, you can’t say that we were safe under his reign, when the World Trade Center comes down, and the CIA said something like that was going to happen.

A little bit later in the program the following exchange takes place:

DICKERSON: But you said he lied. That’s — that’s a little more than just he thought that…

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: Well, he may have. If he knew there weren’t weapons of mass destruction, and if he used that as an excuse to go in and try and make up for some sins for previous years, then it would be a lie. But I don’t think — maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t true.

DICKERSON: Impeached, you wouldn’t own that anymore. You once said in 2008 you thought he should be impeached.

TRUMP: Well, let me tell you something. The war in Iraq has been a disaster. It started the chain of events that leads now to the migration, maybe the destruction of Europe.

He started the war in Iraq. Am I supposed to be a big fan? Now, I’m a Republican. I’m a conservative. So many lies are made. But the truth is that we started the war in Iraq. We spent $2 trillion on that war. We lost thousands of lives. We have wounded warriors, who I love, all over the place. It shouldn’t have started.

We would have been so much better off if Bush and the rest of them went to the beach and didn’t do anything. If you had Saddam Hussein, who is a bad guy and all of that, but he made a living off killing terrorists.

Now, if you want to become a terrorist, you go to Iraq. That’s like the Harvard of terrorism, OK? So, look, it was not a great job. Now, people can say he’s popular. I don’t know why he’s popular. But we also had an economic collapse at the end of his term. That economic collapse gave us Barack Obama. Without that collapse, we wouldn’t have had Barack Obama.

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This is not an endorsement per se, but Trump seems to me by far the most interesting figure on the American political stage today. I suspect he is fully aware that the official 9/11 story is a complete lie from start to finish, and I’m not the only one saying that. This has also been discussed by Kevin Barrett, who believes Trump has been telling what he refers to as “half truths” about 9/11, such as talking about “dancing Muslims” rather than dancing Israelis.

Barrett may be correct in his thesis. Obviously were Trump to question the official 9/11 story the media response would be an uproar, with outlandish caterwauling about “conspiracy theories,” and were he to venture into the subject of the Israeli role in the operation, we would hear endless accusations of anti-Semitism as well.

But according to some polls, a substantial percentage of Americans now doubt the official 9/11 story–enough to make it an attractive voting block, and Trump’s comment, above, about Iraq being “worse than Pearl Harbor” could almost be looked at as a hypnotic trigger–one almost certain to set off thoughts about the Project for a New American Century and its infamous paper citing the need for a “catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Has Donald Trump, aware perhaps of the possibility of picking up huge numbers of votes, adopted a strategy of deliberately dropping subtle hints about 9/11? Possibly. Though of course I realize I could be reading more into his words than might be justified.

But I do suspect that unease over 9/11 and the war in Iraq may be one of the reasons why the Republican political establishment feels so threatened by Trump. The possibility of a Trump presidency and a re-opened 9/11 investigation has them plenty worried, and with good reason. Such an investigation, were it allowed to run its course, could land a number of them in prison.

At any rate, if you watch the video above, what you will hear Trump say is that the war in Iraq was “a big fat mistake,” and clearly he feels that the blame for this lies with George W. Bush–who by the way, is campaigning for his younger brother today in South Carolina. The former president is scheduled to attend a rally tonight in Charleston along with former first lady Laura Bush.

By official counts, a total of 4,497 American soldiers died in Iraq. Many others came back maimed and injured for life. On the Iraqi side, we have no official death count, but the estimates have varied from a few hundred thousand up into the millions. That’s a lot of torn flesh and shed blood for one man’s mistake.

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13 Responses to "Trump Says George W. Bush Lied About Iraq’s WMDs"

  1. wjabbe  February 19, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Trump hedging on his opinion of Israel and Palestine conflict. Quote from article by Cheryl Chumley WND 2/19/16: After all these are his NY neighbors, no?

    “He was asked about his position on the conflict that’s waged between Israel and the Palestinians for years, in part over land rights, and to explain his level of optimism to strike a peace deal.

    “If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you [one thing] and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved,’” he said, the Hill reported. “Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I have friends of mine that are tremendous business people, that are really great negotiators [and] they say it’s not doable.”

    So his conclusion?

    “You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal,” Trump said. “So I don’t want to say whose fault it is. I don’t think that helps.”

  2. jensingr  February 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    what about the hilarious “monkey dance”?

    or when he tried to open that door and then just stood there with his arms at his side like a complete idiot!

    you couldn’t make him any funnier or more stupid!

  3. NotAVeteran2  February 16, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Videos are taken down rather quickly these days.

    • jensingr  February 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      good one!

  4. drbhelthi  February 16, 2016 at 1:43 am

    After the 3rd inspection that found no WMD, Bush Jr. INSTRUCTED an appointed team to “find WMDs.”
    The “discovery” of WMDS in Iraq in late 2014 was more or less funny. In the meantime, the CIA/MOSSAD had 13 year in which to move WMD into Iraq. I wonder if the WMD have been subsequently returned to Israel ?

  5. Connie  February 16, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth says that the Trump campaign is the only one that has acknowledged receipt of their materials and emailed him a response thanking them and saying they will investigate the claims according to Syed A.R. Zaidi. (posted Feb. 14 by Darkmoon). He goes on to say that denunciations of Trump’s anti-Muslim “hate” from Cheney, Murdoch and Netanyahu is because they know that if Trump gets to be president, they have had it. “There is no way that Trump does not know far more about 9/11 than what the rest of us can already gather from investigators such as Chris Bollyn, that it was a Jewish operation with shabbos goys. Trump doesn’t have to get into all that just now.” (Syed A.R. Zaidi)

  6. Bill  February 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Even though he doesn’t need it I’m sending this guy some $$. He’s putting his neck out there and deserves support-a lot more than Rand ( bleep American manufacturing ) Paul or Bernie ( I love Talmudia ) Sanders. He’s off the script and not an automaton. I’ve spoken to some phony politicians in person ( Sen. D’Amato, Rep. Lazio..) and he’s not of that ilk.

  7. Dan  February 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    It’s not just the GOP’s leadership that’s running scared from Trump over 911, but the entire mainstream conservative punditry, even if a few pathetically hedge their bets here and there. They all know who did 911, you can bet your bottom dollar on that, and they’re finished, done with, and forever disgraced when 911 truth gets out. Jail time would be in order for the majority.

    I was a staunch Republican for 45 years but now see past these whores to the Zionists who write their pay checks, publish their books, and fund their campaigns. For all their free-market and moralizing rhetoric, they’ve been worse than useless in preserving America, because they function primarily to neutralize native leadership like Trump, as we now see so very clearly, and to encapsulate the Zionist agenda of their neocon paymasters in so much feckless jingoism. Of course they’ll back Hillary over Trump–she’s got the same Israel-first contributors and handlers as the cuckservatives do.

    • Dan  February 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Yes, and, if we’re honest, we must reluctantly admit that Trump’s appointment of AIPAC’s Michael Glassner is prima-facie evidence that Trump is as much in Israel’s back pocket as Hillary, Sanders, and the cuckservative stooges.

  8. wjabbe  February 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Screenshot
    “CHENEY: TRUMP ‘SOUNDS LIKE A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT,’ WITH IRAQ AND 9/11 CLAIMS, ‘HE’S WRONG’” This video by Cheney is on Breitbart.

  9. Pete752  February 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I also like the comparison of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. I seem to recall Pearl Harbor being referred to as a ‘False Flag’ operation to sway the public to approve engagement of the US in WWII and ultimately experiment with use the ‘atom bomb’ on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    I also seem to recall the 9/11 NYC incident being politicized for the same reasons except this time against Sadam and Iraq.

  10. Keyser Soze  February 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    With comments like that I would not drive past the Grassy Knoll Donald.
    He must be making certain people very nervous.

  11. mylomorph  February 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    if TRUMP want’s to be a real contender he need’s to reveal all he knows about the treasonous AMERICAN DUAL CITIZENS ISRAELI FIRST who have taken over before and after THEIR INSIDE JOB.There are to many sheeple who believe the massive lie which is the official story of 9/11.
    this lie is the cause of EVERYTHING that is bad in the world today. peace and justice for ALL. mylo

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