In a book written more than a year before the attack, Trump had already proven he was a leader ready to ask the questions that other people should have been asking… to protect our country.
If those charged with defending our security had asked the same questions he posed, 9/11 might be a day where we celebrate the thwarting of a terror attack, rather than mourning those we lost.
Our agencies had all the information they needed to stop the attack, but they were not asking the right questions or coordinating effectively.
What was Trump saying? Well, before the Left developed their case of TDS, they were happy to tell us. And it looked an awful lot like the America First policy that has come to be symbolized by an iconic red hat.
What’s more, his attitude toward the price we pay for foreign military involvement, toward selective and intentional use of military strength, while remaining conscious of the price we pay for such involvement — even in the ways that aren’t so obvious — has remained constant.
There are times that require military involvement. But we should not be engaged in endless global military adventurism without any clear objective or metric for winning.
We see that reflected in words he wrote more than 20 years ago…
“I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers,” wrote Trump in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve. “No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
Trump even mentions Osama bin Laden by name, in a criticism of an American foreign policy that too quickly jumps from one crisis to the next.
“One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan,” The Donald wrote. “He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
That’s an incredibly prescient prediction for the guy the left loves to dismiss as an incompetent oaf. But there was more.
Back when Trump was trading barbs with Jeb!, he pointed some of the blame for 9/11 at Dubya for not properly preparing for such a possibility of terrorism.
Four years before The Apprentice ever aired, Trump devoted an entire section of his book to keeping America safe from terrorism, arguing our ignorance of the threats we faced from terrorism was the biggest threat to national security.
“I may be making waves, but that’s all right,” wrote Trump. “Making waves is usually what you need to do to rock the boat, and our national-security boat definitely needs rocking. Let’s point fingers. The biggest threat to our security is ourselves, because we’ve become arrogant. Dangerously arrogant. It’s time for a realistic view of the world and our place in it. Do we truly understand the threats we face? And let me give a warning: You won’t hear a lot of what follows from candidates in this campaign, because what I’ve got to say is definitely not happy talk. There are forces to be worried about, people and programs to take action against. Now.”
“We face a different problem when we talk about the individual fanatics who want to harm us,” The Donald continued, discussing the threat from individual terrorist organizations that despised American culture.
…”We can kid ourselves all we want by mocking their references to the Great Satan, but also keep in mind that there is no greater destiny for many people than to deal the Great Satan a major kick in the teeth,” he wrote, adding they despised the U.S. support for Israel.
“Our teenage boys fantasize about Cindy Crawford; young terrorists fantasize about turning an American city (and themselves) into charcoal,” Trump wrote.
Trump predicted a major attack on an American city that would involved weapons of mass destruction, writing, “Yet it’s time to get down to the hard business of preparing for what I believe is the real possibility that somewhere, sometime, a weapon of mass destruction will be carried into a major American city and detonated.” —Buzzfeed 2015
We remind you that this is the same guy who was roundly mocked in 2015 for warning us about the looming threat of China, a threat most people acknowledge today.
He was ahead of his time on foreign security in 2000, and again in 2016. Today, Trump faces off against Biden for the right to lead America through these next four years.
Biden’s cheap political potshots at Trump ring hollow against what we just read, don’t they?
Biden: Trump has 'no conception' of national security – CNNPolitics https://t.co/4zyLGQcBhc
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 10, 2020
Especially since Obama’s own Defense Secretary thinks Biden is a total incompetent concerning foreign policy.
However, one Republican defense establishment figure who was highly critical of Trump in 2016 but probably won’t be joining the Biden 2020 bandwagon, is former Obama-Biden Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. In his 2014 memoirs Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates writes that while Joe Biden was likable on a personal level, he has: “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” —AmericanDefenseNews
What does that translate into in terms of policy?
Here’s just a taste of what that means:
From the Obama/Biden administration…
Not only did Biden oppose killing Solemani but he opposed this, too…
Isn’t that old news? Why should that matter in 2020?
We’re glad you asked: