Donald Trump, has said countless times that he was against going into Libya and toppling the Gaddafi regime, although there is no evidence for that claim. Yet there is evidence, and a lot of evidence, that he, in fact, supported the intervention. Trump has often said that he would not have gone into Libya and that the U.S should not have toppled the Gaddafi regime. Here is what Trump said in a debate when questioned by Ted Cruz: “I was in favor of Libya? I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Gaddafi were in charge right now. If these politicians went to the beach and didn’t do a thing and we had Saddam Hussein and we had Gaddafi in charge, instead of having terrorism all over the place, we’d be—at least they killed terrorists, all right?” “And I’m not saying they were good because they were bad. They were really bad. But we don’t know what we’re getting. You look at Libya right now, ISIS, as we speak, is taking over their oil, as we speak. It’s a total mess. We would’ve been better off if the politicians took a day off instead of going into war.” Forget the fact the ISIS have absolutely no oil from Libya, which is another Trump lie, he clearly came out against the Libyan intervention. But, let’s look at what he said back in the day when he was asked about the situation in an interview found by Buzzfeed: “I can’t believe what our country is doing. Gadhafi, in Libya, is killing thousands of people. Nobody knows how bad it is and we’re sitting around. We have soldiers all over the Middle East and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage. And that’s what it is, a carnage. … Now we should go in. We should stop this guy which would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it and save these lives. This is absolute nuts. We don’t want to get involved and you’re going to end up with something like you’ve never seen before. Now, ultimately the people will appreciate it and they’re going to end up taking over the country eventually. But the people will appreciate it and they should pay us back. But we have to go in to save these lives. These people are being slaughtered like animals. … We should do it on a humanitarian basis. Immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively and save the lives.” This was said by Trump in 2011, just before the intervention happened. You can’t get a much clearer support than this. Trump not only did discuss the situation in Libya unlike he said, he even very clearly supported going into Libya. Another Trump lie, which reminds me very much of his support for Iraq, which he also said many times he was against back in the day. I wonder how many more Trump lies we will discover as his campaign continues.
Trump Supported the Libyan Intervention
- June 4, 2016