For the second night in a row, Donald Trump proved tonight that he has no plan to defeat ISIS.
Since before he officially launched his campaign, Donald Trump has claimed to have “an absolute way of defeating ISIS” that would “be very beautiful,” but he has made a game of refusing to tell the American people what it is.
While evading specifics of his plan to combat ISIS, Trump has also repeatedly suggested that he doesn’t actually have a plan — rationalizing that it’s “other people’s fight,” not ours.
Trump has no foreign policy know-how, is blinded by his own hubris, and lacks any semblance of a plan for dealing with ISIS.
Here’s a sampling of Trump’s incoherent ramblings on how he’d take on ISIS — or wouldn’t?
Trump in May, 2015: “I do know what to do and I would now how to bring ISIS to the table, or beyond that defeat ISIS very quickly — and I’m not going to tell you what that istonight.”
Trump in June, 2015: “You know, every time I say it I get criticized, but at some point I’ll have to reveal it: but there is a way of defeating ISIS so easily, so quickly, so effectively, and it would be so nice.”
Trump in June, 2015: “I have an absolute way of defeating ISIS, and it would be decisive and quick, and very, very beautiful.”
Trump in July, 2015: “That’s not our fight; that’s other people’s fight.”
Trump in September, 2015: “Let Syria and ISIS fight…Why do we care?”
Trump in October, 2015: “I would sit back and let’s see what’s going on.”
Trump in November, 2015: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”
Trump in December, 2015: “Now, you’ll understand what I’m saying, I don’t want to give you an answer that because part of the problem that we have with Obama is they’re so predictable, they give answers to everything… So I don’t want to answer the question. I will tell you this we will be defeating ISIS BIG LEAGUE…. So I don’t want to answer the question for you directly, but I will tell you we will defeat ISIS.
Trump in March, 2016: “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”
Trump Last Night: “So we’re going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: they will have thirty days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.”
So Trump’s big, beautiful plan is to set a deadline for the generals–who he thinks know less about ISIS than he does–to come up with a strategy? Donald Trump’s lack of seriousness–playing the game of “I have a beautiful plan but won’t tell you”–demonstrates that he lacks the seriousness and capability to combat a global threat like ISIS.
Published: Sep 7, 2016