Even Right-Wing Heritage Action Says Trump And Carson Are Too Dumb For National Security Strategy (VIDEO)

It’s always fun to watch them eat their own, isn’t it? Monday morning, The Heritage Foundation’s political wing, Heritage Action, released a report about the various plans each of the republican candidates are proposing as it pertains to national security. They really, really hate Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

When it comes to Trump, the majority of his comments about foreign policy surround denouncing actions President Obama has made while encouraging a more aggressive presence on the national scene. His first policy paper on immigration, for example, says that he will force Mexico to pay for a wall between the countries. Eduardo Sanchez, a spokesman for Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, told Bloomberg flat-out that Trump’s assertion is “false.”

“It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who’s saying it,” Mr. Sanchez said.

Another major foreign policy problem under Trump is his idea to “bomb the hell” out of Iraq oil fields, which Trump told Anderson Cooper is part of his ISIS strategy.

Former Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno told CNN that wasn’t exactly the best idea. First, the oil fields in Iraq are not what is funding ISIS, so that’s not going to be helpful. In the meantime, the US. would be taking away the livelihood of an entire country. The point of a lot of U.S. foreign policy is to reduce as much blowback as possible in military actions. Hurting an entire country after we already went to war with them under false pretenses.

Trump doesn’t even understand the Iran Deal. He also wants to violate NAFTA, which, let’s be honest, who doesn’t. But it takes an act of Congress to do it. So would Trump be proposing an Executive Order? The same order that he criticises President Obama for enacting?

Heritage has a few major points about his policies:

1. “Trump’s pro-growth tax plan stands in contrast to his support for massive tariffs that would damage the American economy.”

2. “Although his candidacy has exposed and undermined the corrupt Washington establishment’s hold on
power, his support of policies like eminent domain abuse is an example of favoritism.”

3. “Trump has suggested that he would project American strength abroad, but his unconventional foreign policy prescriptions raise more questions of significant consequence than they answer.”

4. “Some of Mr. Trump’s stated views raise complicated questions about their long-term implications for the United States and its allies.”

As for Ben Carson, he can’t even figure out what the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan is. As Charlie Pierce wrote for Esquire Magazine:

“The good doctor demonstrated that not only is he not qualified to be president, he is not qualified to pass a 10th grade contemporary world history final.”

On an episode of This Week, Carson doubled down on his position that had the U.S. declared we’d be independent of petroleum in 10 years, they’d have handed over Osama bin Laden. Host George Stephanopoulos asked how exactly that would work since bin Laden had already been forced out by moderate Arab governments. Carson said the money would have trumped any loyalty to bin Laden. Stephanopoulos said, “But they didn’t have any loyalty to Osama bin Laden. The Saudis kicked him out. He was their enemy.”

Carson argued, “Well, you may not think that they had any loyalty to him, but I believe otherwise.”

He then went on to talk about how the US typically knew where bin Laden was and he thought invading Iraq was a strategic mistake.

Stephanopoulos: “I wasn’t asking about invading Iraq, I was asking about invading Afghanistan, which had been harboring Osama bin Laden.”
Carson: “Well, I was primarily talking about Iraq. You know, I wasn’t particularly interested in going into Afghanistan but I do think that we should have taken aggressive action.”
Stephanopoulos: “But, sir, when we look back at 9/11, 3,000 people dead on that day. We knew Afghanistan was harboring Osama bin Laden.”
Carson: “Well, I just said, I do believe that we should have taken aggressive action. I just don’t think necessarily putting tens of thousands of our troops was the correct way to do it. But, you know, we’re talking about things that are in the past. We will never know the answer to that.”

Heritage is as aghast as you probably are after reading that. According to them:

“As a candidate who has never held public office in the past, the burden of proof is on Dr. Carson to demonstrate his fluency with national security issues. . . His candidacy faces a heavy burden in demonstrating that he is ready to serve on Day One as Commander-in-Chief.”

How sad is it when people on your side think you’re an idiot and have no business leading the country?

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