Donald Trump is now tied for first with Mike Huckabee for the GOP nomination, according to a national CNN poll. But because Trump's birtherism advocacy has soaked up so much attention, his oil-crazy, unabashedly imperialistic foreign policy has flown somewhat under the radar. Trump has said before that we should be in Libya only if we get to "keep the oil," and that we should stay in Iraq to "take the oil." But you really need to listen to him ramble about this at length to truly appreciate how twisted Trump's priorities as commander-in-chief would be. Luckily, Trump does just that in an extended chat with The Wall Street Journal. The relevant part starts at 7:54:
In case you don't want to sit through all that, let's extract the best parts:
Trump: I always heard that when we went into Iraq, we went in for the oil. I said, "Eh, that sounds smart."
That sounds smart. Yes, blood for oil! Yes, blood for oil!
WSJ: So you would keep troops in Iraq after this year?
Trump: I would take the oil.
WSJ: I don't understand how you would take the does that mean keeping troops there, or staying involved in Iraq?
Trump: You heard me, I would take the oil.
What is so hard to understand about this plan, lady? Just take it. Take the oil. Take it, and bring it home. I'm not sure it's possible to really get more detailed than that.
Trump: We have thousands of people that died, our great soldiers. They died. Men and women, lots of people. We have thousands of people all over this country that are wounded, horribly wounded, with legs and arms. And lots
WSJ: I think that they thought they were
Trump: Excuse me.
Trump: And I would not want to be the one that would tell their parents that your son, your daughter, has died in vain, been wounded in vain. But I would not want to be the one who goes up to somebody that has a son or daughter that died in Iraq and tell them, "By the way, Iran has taken over Iraq, because we have so weakened that nation that they essentially don't have an army that can fight back as they have for hundreds of years." So I would absolutely keep the oil ...
WSJ: I think that the soldiers fighting in Iraq were also fighting for freedom, not necessarily fighting for oil.
Wrong. What could be more comforting to the parents of a dead soldier than the knowledge that their child was sacrificed to give America access to more oil? That's the dream of every parent.
Trump: We get nothing from Libya, except dead soldiers, and we've already spent billions of dollars.
No American soldiers have been killed in Libya. The military announced yesterday that the war has cost $608 million to date.
So, to sum up Trump's foreign policy: Stay in Iraq forever. Take the oil. Make stuff up about Libya. Take more oil.
It's going to be very interesting when Republican voters start paying attention to the non-birther part of Trump's platform.