World would be better place if Saddam, Kadhafi still in power: Trump

By AFP
Published: October 26, 2015
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WASHINGTON, DC: The world would be a better place if dictators such as Saddam Hussein and Moamer Kadhafi were still in power, top Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday.

The billionaire real estate tycoon also told CNN’s State of the Union talk show that the Middle East “blew up” around US President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, his biggest Democratic rival in the race for the White House.

 “Hundred per cent,” Trump said when asked if the world would be better off with Saddam and Kadhafi still at the helm in Iraq and Libya. Both strongmen committed atrocities against their own people and are now dead. Saddam, the former Iraqi president, was toppled in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and was executed in 2006.

Kadhafi, who ruled Libya for four decades, was ousted and slain in October 2011 amid a NATO-backed uprising. “People are getting their heads chopped off. They’re being drowned. Right now it’s far worse than ever under Saddam Hussein or Kadhafi,” Trump said. “I mean, look what happened. Libya is a catastrophe. Libya is a disaster. Iraq is a disaster. Syria is a disaster. The whole Middle East. It all blew up around Hillary Clinton and around Obama. It blew up,” he added. Calling Iraq the “Harvard of terrorism,” Trump said the country had turned into a “training ground for terrorists.”

“If you look at Iraq from years ago, I’m not saying he (Saddam) was a nice guy. He was a horrible guy, but it’s better than it is now,” Trump said. He also said the United States should have taken Iraq’s oil, saying it was now being bought by China, and also going to Iran and the Islamic State. “They have plenty of money because they took the oil because we were stupid,” he said of IS. “I said take the oil when we leave.”

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Trump said his foreign policy strategy would be centered around beefing up the US military. “All I know is this: we’re living in Medieval times … We’re living in an unbelievably dangerous and horrible world,” he said. “The Trump doctrine is simple,” he added. “It’s strength. It’s strength. Nobody is going to mess with us. Our military will be made stronger.”

Trump on Sunday also went after his Republican rival Ben Carson, who has surged past him in the closely watched, early-voting state of Iowa. According to a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll out Friday, Carson claims 28% support from likely voters in the Republican Iowa caucus, compared to 19% for Trump. It was the second poll in two days that had Carson knocking Trump off his perch in Iowa, an intensely fought-over state because it votes first in the lengthy US nominating contests.

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“Ben Carson has never created a job in his life (well, maybe a nurse),” Trump tweeted of the retired pediatric neurosurgeon, a fellow political newcomer. “I have created tens of thousands of jobs, it’s what I do.” But Carson, who has cemented his support among Christian evangelicals, shrugged off Trump’s darts in an interview with Fox News Sunday, saying, “I refuse to get into the mud pit.” “He is who he is. I don’t think that’s going to change. And I am who I am. That’s not going to change either,” he said of Trump.

In his interview with CNN, Trump acknowledged he was “surprised” by Carson’s advance, calling an Iowa event he was at several days ago a “love fest.” “I like Ben but he cannot do with trade like I do with trade. He can’t do a lot of things like I do,” Trump said, adding that Carson was also “very, very weak on immigration” and a “low energy person.”

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A new CBS News 2016 ‘Battleground Tracker’ poll out Sunday showed Trump and Carson tied in Iowa at 27%, with Trump holding onto double digit leads over the doctor in South Carolina and New Hampshire The poll was based on 3,952 interviews done October 15-22, with the margins of error varying per state, 6.5% in Iowa, 6.6% in New Hampshire and 5.3% in South Carolina. Alleging that President Barack Obama has “divided this country,” Trump said that, in contrast, he would bring about bipartisanship. “I get along with everybody. I will be a great unifier for our country,” he told CNN.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 26, 2015 - 3:48PM

    The good and the bad and ugly in essence all bad personalities in American wild west.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 26, 2015 - 4:44PM

    This idiot has slapped on the face of Arabs that they don’t deserve democracy, freedom and human rights. Dictators ad Monarchs are best suited for them. Is he bribed by Arab Monarchs to strengthen their power grip? Recommend

  • Salam
    Oct 26, 2015 - 5:23PM

    Trump is charismatic! He is the right candidate to take USA as a business oriented country. Americans should avoid orthodox politicians candidates like Hilary & Company, who are only interested in money globalization, democracy, oil hard core politics of Super Power etc. & are not shrewd money makers.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 26, 2015 - 7:12PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    If only he would not be ugly, the American follks would have given him a public office long ago.
    Today they let him howl since he has amassed wealth from property deals.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Weirdity
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:08PM

    That’s the absolute truth even though a guy Trump is saying it.Recommend

  • cautious
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:42PM

    Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump ….. what a terrible choice the American’s are faced with. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:34AM

    World would have been safer if USA becomes civilized Democracy is established in Arabia called Saudi Arabia and yes Israel return the occupied land to Palestinians. Let Trump houl he appears to be a stray …….Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:48AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Maybe the Arabs in fact are not ready for democracy.Recommend

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