During a stirring speech at Great State Fair of Oklahoma, the GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump blasted his Republican rivals over their sly suggestions on starting the ‘World War III over Syria,’ and called them ‘crazy’ for laying out their foreign policy strategies on public stage.
Trump’s remarks come in the wake of criticism that the presidential candidate and multi-billion-dollar businessman dodges questions about what he would do in the Middle East if he were to become president.
On Friday night, Trump explained that he was actively being less specific on the issue because a war plan should not be disclosed to one’s enemy. Other GOP candidates who do it are just ‘crazy,’ in Trump’s opinion.
During the 50-minute speech he also told a GOP crowd of several thousand supporters that he has a fair chance of winning the election. He explained that in matters that affect national security and foreign policy he doesn’t want to boast about what he would do if he were elected chief of the state.
He argued that it is better for the U.S.A.’s sworn enemies to ‘guess’ what the Commander-in-chief of the U.S. army is thinking rather than telling them what his plans are outright.
“I don’t want people to figure it out. I don’t want people to know what my plan is. I have plans,”
Next, the presidential candidate mocked his critics on the issue in a kid-like voice, then he abruptly switched to a coarse voice to mimic his opponents that tell people what their long-term military plans are. He especially mentioned those who dream of attacking Syria and Russia, and send the sixth fleet in the Middle East, thus offering a clear formula that could escalate into a ‘World War III.’
He noted that both the U.S. and Russia want ISIS’ leaders. Plus, Russia already has agents in Syria. So, it is better to let the Russians handle the situation there, Trump also said.
Trump disclosed that he wants a strong army, but he doesn’t plan to use it in a war. He strongly opposed the Iraq war and he plans to do that with other regional conflicts. Moreover, he doesn’t plan to send troops overseas to be killed there.
He said that his view on war may be a shock to many because he is ‘the most militaristic person’ out there. But the wars in the Middle East didn’t pay off as thousands of soldiers were killed, trillions of dollars were spent, and the region is still highly destabilized.
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