Donald J. Trump has shocked audiences for months – and gotten several standing ovations — with his assertion that we should just “take the oil” from Iraq to repay the U.S. for liberating the country from Saddam Hussein.
But how do you just “take it?”
In his explosive new book, Time to Get Tough, Trump expands and explains: “Call me old school, but I believe in the old warrior’s credo that ‘to the victor go the spoils.’ In other words, we don’t fight a war, hand over the keys to people who hate us, and leave. We win a war, take the oil to repay the financial costs we’ve incurred, and in so doing treat Iraq and everyone else fairly.”
“It’s hardly a radical idea,” continues Trump. “In September 2010, our own Government Accountability Office and others studied the issue in depth and concluded that a cost-sharing plan is feasible and wise.”
“From the very beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I believed we should have hammered out the repayment plan with the Iraqis – through exiled Iraqi dissidents,” says Trump. “Oil revenues could have been used to reduce the sticker price for occupation. And there’s still no reason we can’t or shouldn’t implement a cost-sharing arrangement with Iraq.”
Trump’s new book (just released this week) is sure to provoke a heated response from many corners – and a new round of speculation over whether or not he will throw his hat back into the Presidential ring.