Military Analysts Warn That Donald Trump’s Deranged Plan to Bomb Iraq Oil Fields Is Trouble

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Donald Trump’s “solution” to ISIL sounds a lot like the Bush Cheney solution, but on steroids. His idea is to bomb “the hell” out of the oil fields in Iraq. “If I win, I would attack those oil sites that are controlled and owned — they are controlled by ISIS,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t send many troops because you won’t need ’em by the time I’m done.”

Trump Idea #1: Just bomb them all!!!! Sure ISIL doesn’t run most of them but whatev, just BOMB IT ALL.

Trump Idea #2: It won’t take a lot of troops to BOMB IT ALL, so it’s a real win in Trump’s book.

Then, Trump Idea #3: Trump will give contracts to Big Oil to clean up our mess after BOMBING THEM ALL. You know how good the oil companies are about cleaning up our messes.

Only retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona and Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, both CNN military analysts, were not very impressed.

You see, we have spent the last seven plus years training Iraqis to secure their country, shaping their security forces. They didn’t want us there in more than an advise and assist capacity. We agreed to that in a Status of Forces Agreement at the end of George W. Bush’s term in 2008.

Part of the reason ISIL got a foothold was due to the power vacuums we created after we invaded Iraq. These things seem hard for Republicans to grasp as they beat the drums of war incessantly, perhaps because they can’t fit on a bumper sticker and are not as easy as BOMB THEM ALL! To be fair, most of the war hawks have a lot more going on behind their beliefs than just BOMB THEM ALL. But in the end, it does come down to this belief in might making right.

Even though we can already see, and history should have taught us, that this is not true.

Trump’s self-identified solution to the complex problems of our time was called “troubling” by Hertling. You see, Iraqis believe they have a country so no, we can’t just drop some BOMBS and clean it up later.

Hertling told CNN that he has “remained apolitical throughout his military career but said Trump’s comments are “just troubling… You have to understand the issues a little bit better than just bombing things. This is very complex and there are hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who believe they do have a country.”

The two analysts were also not impressed with Trump’s idea to destroy infrastructure and then just send in an oil company to fix it all. “We’ve made some huge mistakes in terms of just bombing things we think can just bring a nation to its knees,” Hertling told CNN. “It’s not the people you’re going against and yet those are the ones you’re going against the most when you’re talking about indiscriminate carpet-bombing.”

Yes, see, we did that already and it didn’t turn out so well. We killed a lot of innocent people. We are trying to come up with actual solutions to the Bush created mess we made in Iraq, rather than looking to double down on the same mistakes.

CNN concluded:

While the Iraqi government is seriously reliant on the United States and other countries in its fight against ISIS and as it strives to keep its country together, Iraq’s top leaders would do more than just object to U.S. bombing of oil fields in its country — a central part of the country’s economy and infrastructure.

Gee, ya think? If someone came in to the U.S. and started bombing our oil fields and the people and infrastructure around them because the Koch brothers are killing people, which they are, we would be pretty miffed.

This is a good example of what is at the core of the Republican Party’s current foreign policy “platform”. It’s pure, unadulterated ignorance, dressed up with a good heap of hubris. It’s George W Bush on steroids.

If Donald Trump is good for one thing, it’s letting America know exactly how dangerous the modern day GOP really is. If that were his goal, we could tip our “Mission Accomplished” hats to him.

But the man really thinks he belongs in the White House, and not even the GOP can shut him up.

14 Replies to “Military Analysts Warn That Donald Trump’s Deranged Plan to Bomb Iraq Oil Fields Is Trouble”

  1. THE DONALD would look great as Slim Pickens did in DR. STANGELOVE, riding the NUKE down, into OBLIVION!!!!!!

  2. Instead of rippin’ off Neil Young by playing
    Rockin’ In The Free World at his staged
    rallies, a more fitting choice for Trump
    would be Randy Newman’s Political Science.
    (“Let’s drop the big one and see what happens”)
    Dick Cheney, please endorse this fool so even
    the blind can see just where he’s comin’ from!

  3. And by an amazing coincidence, prior to any carpet bombing sTRUMPet would be purchasing up a whole bunch of stocks in bomb making corporations.

    Yes, Mr. Frump, let us continue to create another generation of ISIL by repeating the mistakes of the past.

  4. What does it say about our nation when someone like this can become a billionaire? He makes W look like a genius.

  5. People are suspecting the death of the young woman in SF by an immigrant…
    Was arranged by Trump!

    Trump can buy anything…literally!

  6. Thats been done before it didnt work out so well the last time,,,I bet Donald Trump is scratching his hairpiece wondering “What the hell do I have to do now to look like a crazy man?

  7. These Military Analysts are idiots.

    The only way to win any war is by the “Sherman’s March” scorched earth strategy.

    You don’t win by “winning hearts and minds”, you win by utterly detroying and demoralizing your enemies.

    That’s why ISIS is winning in Iraq. And that’s why Trumps strategy is the only winning strategy to counter it.

  8. You do realise that ISIL are not the government of Iraq? Bombing the oilfields will not only directly and indirectly kill thousands but also send thousands more to ISIL. You really have no idea do you? You and Trump of course have far more knowledge of the situation than the military themselves? It’s people. Real people not a game of Risk!

  9. Ummm, does anyone else remember the Iraqi oil fields on fire after the first Iraq war under George H W Bush? And didn’t those fires rage on for months and months? Yeah, Trump, bomb the oil fields and set them on fire again. Burn the oil you obviously want to take control of. That makes so much sense…not.

  10. Sure. Go bomb Iraq Frump then ISIL will have millions of soldiers and no one will help your nation if shit hits the fan. You think desperate people with nothing to lose will care about nuclear fallout? You’re fearless ‘coz you are a cockroach.

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