Trump seems to “get it” when speaking about the Middle East.
He understands the basics, such as the fact that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and ISIS are fighting each other. He understands that the U.S. wants to support “moderate” Muslims who will fight both Assad and ISIS.
In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet The Press, when asked if he believes the Middle East would be better today if Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Saddam Hussein of Iraq were still in power, he essentially agreed with that view.
He related the situations in both of those countries to Syria, and seemed to endorse leaving President Bashar al-Assad in power, though he is still “probably a bad guy.”
Does Trump have a point?
“You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there – it’s a mess – if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there – it’s a mess – it’s [Syria] going to be same thing,” the businessman said.
In regards to Iraq, Trump echoed a line from his campaign: “Don’t forget, ISIS came out of Iraq,” Trump said, and called the terror group “the leftovers that didn’t get taken care of.”