Dec 10, 2015

Trump, ISIS, and Israel

via Radix

Everyone’s talking about Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims entering the United States. In his recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he seemed to suggest something even more controversial. 

A country that is considered a U.S. ally . . . which he is reluctant to name . . . but which everyone knows . . . and which is not Saudi Arabia . . . is covertly funding ISIS!

The exchange begins at 26:06. I’ve made a transcript of the key section. 
Donald Trump
Right now things are going on right now that you don’t know about, that I don’t know about, that nobody . . . right now, there are things going on . . . that you have so-called people that you think are on our side and they’re not reporting it, they’re not talking about it, and, in some cases, they’re involved with it.
Look, I’ll give you an example. Some of our so-called “allies,” that we work with and we protect and we protect them militarily, they’re sending massive amounts of money to ISIS and al-Qaeda and to others.
Joe Scarborough
So who are we talking about there?
Donald Trump
You know who it is. What do I have to bring it up for? You know who it is.
Joe Scarborough
Because you’re running for president. Who? The Saudis?
Donald Trump
Joe, other countries are giving massive amounts of money. People from other countries are giving massive amounts of money . . .
Joe Scarborough
Are you saying the Saudis are doing this?
Donald Trump
Of course, they’re doing it. Everyone knows that.
Joe Scarborough
Ok. Any other countries?
Donald Trump
There are, but I’m not going to say it, because I have a lot of relationships with people. But there are. And you know that and everybody knows that, and nobody says it. Nobody talks about it.
Joe Scarborough
But you’re not even saying the countries that are doing it right now. Why aren’t you willing to name those . . . you say you have a lot of relationships there.
Donald Trump
Hey, Joe. All you have to do is check your records. Our government knows the countries, and one of them happens to be Saudi Arabia. And our government knows that.
And why aren’t we doing anything about that? Why aren’t we being firm as to why are we allowing that to happen.
Joe Scarborough
So why don’t you think we are?
Donald Trump
What?
Joe Scarborough
Why don’t you think we are doing anything about it?
Donald Trump
Because I think we have an incompetent president.
Joe Scarborough
Is he the only president that has had a policy, basically, a “See No Evil” policy?
Donald Trump
No, I do not think our previous president did not do the job. . .
I could be wrong, of course, but Trump (and Joe Scarborough) seem to be referring to Israel.

Trump certainly wouldn’t be the first to suggest that Israel might find ISIS rebels to be “useful idiots” in destabilizing its rivals in the region. Mainstream sources are reporting that Israel medical personnel are treating Syrian rebels—but I’m sure only the “moderate” ones, and for purely humanitarian reasons. . .

So did Trump just go full Shitlord—and in a way that went over the heads of most in the media? Or am I getting carried away?

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