‘We’re not pirates!’ Americans react after Trump’s ‘take Iraq oil’ comment
He said ‘but if we’re gonna get out, take the oil,’ adding ‘if we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS’
Americans reacted on Thursday over US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s comment which was a blast from the medieval past when he said “it used to be, to the victor belong the spoils,” describing how Americans should have taken Iraq’s oil to stop another ISIS.
Trump’s comment, which could be considered a war crime, was made when he was asked during the 30-minutes “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on NBC of how to stop the next ISIS from rising.
The Republican candidate went on ranting how when US defeats “somebody” like Iraq - while warning US should not have been there in the first place – spoils were not taken.
He said “but if we’re gonna get out, take the oil,” adding “if we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS.”
He concluded: “Because ISIS formed with the power and wealth of that oil.”
Americans on social media slammed his comments with some saying the United States came as “liberators” and “not pirates” to Iraq after toppling the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein.
‘We’re Liberators, Not Pirates’: Sean Parnell Not on Board With Donald Trump’s ‘Take the Oil’ Strategy https://t.co/WZRFa8HZ3P— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 8, 2016
#Trump: We should have taken the oil! Translation: Steal the oil, plunder the country, put up a Trump tower!— Rapunzel™ (@co_rapunzel4) September 8, 2016
Mr. Trump, maybe different in real estate world, but we cannot "take the oil" from those we claimed to be liberating, and now call partners.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) September 8, 2016
US media also highlighted on Thursday how Trump made out that he was against the US war on Iraq, which took place under the pretext that the Arab country had weapons of mass destruction which Washington ultimately did not find.
US-based Politifact recalled a 2002 interview, when famed American radio and television personality Howard Stern asked him if he supported the imminent invasion.
Trump had responded then, “Yeah, I guess so.”
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