Prof. Peter Mansoor writes Orlando Sentinel piece on Trump

September 1, 2016
Peter Mansoor

"No, Mr. Trump, you're not so good at war, torture is cruel and wrong"

by Peter Mansoor and Sarah Holenwinski

The article begins, 

"In a speech last November, Donald Trump proclaimed, 'I'm good at war. I've had a lot of wars of my own. I'm really good at war. I love war in a certain way, but only when we win.'"

This was an astonishing claim for someone who has never served a day in uniform or in a policy-making capacity. Trump may have annihilated many a foe in the business world, but when it comes to war, his professed policies would do far more harm than good, and in the end make victory unachievable — or unrecognizable.
 
Trump believes that America needs to fight dirty to win wars. He condones torture by saying he would reinstate waterboarding, and 'a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.' He followed this up by stating he would authorize the killing of families of terrorists. He has stated he wouldn't be as concerned as President Obama about the use of civilians as human shields, meaning he would attack enemies even if it meant killing innocent civilians."
 
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