Trump's Confusing and Fragmented Thoughts on 9/11 and Afghanistan
July 7, 2019
"We went after Iraq, they did not knock down the World Trade Center. It wasn’t the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center, we went after Iraq, we decimated the country, Iran’s taking over, okay. But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center. Because they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out." - Donald Trump, Bluffton, S.C., February 17, 2016
In a televised interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News on July 1 in Japan, President Donald Trump expressed some rather confused and fragmented thoughts about 9/11 and Afghanistan. Trump repeatedly stated incorrectly that the nearly 18-year-old War on Terror has gone on for 19 years, but more importantly, he once again claimed that his Afghanistan policy is based on the notion that the terrorism of 9/11 came from Afghanistan, which is clearly not the case.
The sophisticated explosives (e.g. super thermite) that destroyed the World Trade Center certainly did not come from Afghanistan. It is important to remember that candidate Trump promised voters that he would reveal who destroyed the WTC if he were elected. Is he just playing with the truth of 9/11?
When Trump said he would reveal who brought the towers down if he were elected, he clearly meant that it was not Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida. Now that he is president, he fails to reveal the guilty party, as he promised. This suggests that he is controlled by those who took down the towers and is covering up the truth to protect them.
The fragmented thoughts of Trump on 9/11, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror do not make sense -- and his policies that are based on the false myth that Muslims are behind 9/11 are a serious cause for concern.
The interview started with Tucker Carlson asking about when U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan:
Carlson: Two American servicemen killed in Afghanistan this week. How much longer do you think our troops will stay?
Trump: Well, I'll tell you. I've wanted to pull them out. And you know, I have pulled a lot out. We were at 16,000. We're down to about 9,000, which a lot of people don't know. In Syria, as you know, I've pulled most of them out. We've defeated the Caliphate. Now when you say Caliphate and defeat, the Caliphate's land, it's an area we've taken back a hundred percent.
But these people -- ISIS -- they're stone cold crazy. So that doesn't mean somebody is not going to walk into a store and blow up a store, which they do. So I never say defeated them, but they were decimated. And this went on for a long time and other people didn't do what I did. We did it. We did it very effectively.
Our military, there's no military like our military in the world. I don't want to have to use it very often. But we took back the Caliphate. With Afghanistan, it's 19 years and we should not have been there 19 years and if we were, you know, it would be nice to fight to win. But it's just 19 years...
Carlson: Could you see getting out entirely?
I'll tell you the problem is, look, I would like to just get out. The problem is, it just seems to be a lab for terrorists. It seems -- I call it the Harvard of terrorists. When you look at the World Trade Center, they were trained. They didn't --- by the way, they attacked the wrong country. They didn't come from Iraq, all right.
They came from various other countries. But they all formed in Afghanistan, and it's probably because it's at the base of so many countries, but they all formed and it's rough mountains and you get a lot of -- you know, you get a lot of good hiding places. But I would leave very strong intelligence there.
You have to watch because they do -- you know, okay, I'll give you a tough one. If you were in my position and a great looking central casting and we have great generals, a great central casting general walks up to your office, I say, "We're getting out." "Yes, sir. We'll get out. Yes, sir." I'll say, "What do you think of that?" "Sir, I'd rather attack them over there, then attack them in our land." In other words, them coming here.
That's always a very tough decision, you know, with what happened with the World Trade Center, et cetera et cetera. When they say that, you know, no matter how you feel, and you and I feel pretty much very similar. But when you're standing there, and you have some really talented military people saying, "I'd rather attack them over there than have them hit us over here and fight them on our land." It's something you always have to think about.
Now, I would leave and will leave -- we will be leaving. Very strong Intelligence, far more than you would normally think because it's very important, and we can do it that way, too. But we have reduced the forces very substantially in Afghanistan.
Sources: Exclusive Interview: Trump sits down with Tucker Carlson in Japan (from 4:08 to 8:20)