You can say a lot about Donald Trump, but one thing you can't say is that he's shy about giving his personal opinion. For example, on CNN's Sunday episode of State of the Union, Trump told host Jake Tapper that the world would be better off with Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi still in power in Iraq and Libya.
Saying that this is a "controversial" opinion among the GOP faithful is a bit of an understatement… but honestly, I kind of agree with him, and I don't think the average GOP voter is going to hold this against him. Those dictators were horrible and they were evil men… but life in Iraq, Libya and Syria was far safer when they ruled.
(And that's a pretty sad commentary…)
Jake Tapper: You also recently said that the Middle East would be better off with Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein and Assad in power. How does…
Donald Trump: I didn't say Assad. But we certainly have not gained anything with Gadhafi. And you look at what happened. I mean, look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. He would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like now it's the Harvard of terrorism. If you look at Iraq from years ago, I'm not saying he was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It's all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what's going on.
Jake Tapper: The world would be better off with Saddam Hussein…
Donald Trump: 100 percent.
Jake Tapper: …and Gadhafi in power?
Donald Trump: 100 percent.
Jake Tapper: What about human rights abuses?
Donald Trump: You don't think they're happening now? They're worse now than they ever were. People are getting their heads chopped off, they're being drowned. Right now they are far worse than they were, ever, under Saddam Hussein or Gadhafi. I mean, look what happened. Libya is a catastrophe. If you look at our ambassador, as an example, OK? Libya is a disaster. Iraq is a disaster. Syria is a disaster. The whole of Middle East. And it all blew up around Hillary Clinton and around Barack Obama. It all blew up.
Now, one thing about Assad, not a good guy, I understand that, but we're backing and spending billions and billions of dollars on backing rebels that we have no idea who they are. And a lot of people think they're ISIS. I happen to think they're ISIS, but who knows. We're spending billions of dollars to get Assad out, with people that we have no idea who they are. I don't think that is smart. We have to rebuild our country. Our country is falling to pieces. We have $19 trillion in debt, we have infrastructure that is a disaster. Our roadways, our airports, our schools, everything. We have to start thinking about ourselves. We are pouring trillions of dollars into the Middle East, and we have nothing for it. We have nothing.