Trump calls for boots on the ground in Syria
One of the weird things about the Republican primary up until now is how “anti-interventionists” and “anti-war”-ists have praised or even supported “the most militaristic person” (Trump’s own self-definition), Donald Trump.
“For Anti-Interventionists, Trump vs. Sanders Is Ideal Race,” isolationist Pat Buchanan wrote in an article published at white nationalist website VDare.com. WarInContext.org described Trump as an “anti-interventionist” in a headline.
Trump has created that image by saying things like “We can’t continue to be the policemen of the world,” and, “Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care?” But later he said the U.S. should “bomb the shit out of ISIS” and steal Iraq’s oil.
Now at the most recent debate, he called not only for bombing ISIS but also invading with ground troops. He said, “I’m hearing numbers of 20 to 30,000. We have to knock them out fast,” and then added some gibberish about, “We’re not allowed to fight. We can’t fight. … They didn’t want to knock out the oil because of what it’s going to do to the carbon footprint. … We used to fight to win. Now we fight for no reason whatsoever.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has called for invading with ground forces. In August 2015, he said,
The primary source of their wealth which is oil. And in order to do that, you would have to put boots– I would knock the hell out of them, but I would put a ring around it and take the oil for our country. I would just take the oil.
Oil sales initially provided much of the Islamic State’s revenue, but that has declined since the U.S. and others launched an extensive campaign of airstrikes on the group’s oil and gas facilities, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service in April. By October 2014, the U.S. had reportedly destroyed about half of the group’s refining capacity.