On Trump's claim that the US should have seized control of Iraq's oil reserves, Liebel said the Republican presidential candidate may not realize that oil revenue pays for the Iraqi government and army. "I've always said, shouldn't be there, but if we're going to get out, take the oil", he said. Trump has said that throughout his campaign, and to his credit he is right.
The New York businessman, who has struggled at times to demonstrate a command of foreign policy, also seemed to acknowledge he does not now have a plan to address cyber security or the Islamic State group.
"You could probably secure the area if you're willing to have a forever war and 19-year-old Americans sniped at by Iraqis", said Ollivant, a former National Security Council director on Iraq for Presidents Bush and Obama. We now know that it was a pipe dream; but at the time, George W. and his neoconservatives advisers believed it. Steve Peoples contributed reporting from Cleveland. "People don't know this about Iraq, but they have among the largest oil reserves in the world". But the United States never blatantly fought a war simply to appropriate oil for itself. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.
"It basically aligns him with the views of Stalin after World War II", he added.
"They know they can count on me to be the kind of commander in chief who will protect our country and our troops, and they know they cannot count on Donald Trump", Clinton said Tuesday.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, and before, the media were well aware of this 2002 speech.
Arizona is a now a toss-up with a one-point advantage for Hillary Clinton, according to a poll conducted by Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News. He will find little in their words and actions that would justify something as grotesque as the United States "taking" a nation's oil as one of the "spoils" of war.
The Republican nominee made his case that he was against the Iraq War by pointing to comments he made in the first months of the Iraq War as "yet more evidence that I had opposed the war from the start".
And Hillary Clinton's pledge to never recommit USA ground troops into Iraq or Syria could be blown away by changing circumstances, like the widespread use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
Quote: "It was the first time anybody ever asked me about Iraq".
"Had I been in Congress at the time of the invasion I would have cast a vote in opposition", Trump said, as his campaign deviated from a planned speech on education reform to relitigate the early 2000s. What would I have done? "By the way - She says things about me that are terrible". She should take additional steps to divorce allegations of influence peddling from the Clinton Foundation.
Not long after Trump entered the race previous year, the conservative (and Trump-skeptical) National Review dubbed his keep-their-oil idea an "odd fixation" that Trump began to raise at least as far back as 2007. Obama was on record opposing the war before the Senate voted on the authorization for military force. But then Trump dug himself into a hole - and tried to drag our nation in with him.
In the CBS interview, Conway went on to say that besides the Howard Stern radio interview, "there are other public statements that [Trump] made contemporaneously with that including the Esquire magazine interview where he gives a much longer answer about why he thinks it was a bad idea".