An election year often brings a lot of craziness, but as the year goes on voters from both major political parties usually sort things out and eventually come together in time to back one respective strong candidate in time for the presidential election. This year that has hardly been the case as the party frontrunners have shifted back and forth and no clear favorites have emerged yet from either party. It even seems more likely than ever that the often-controversial and insensitive-speaking businessman Donald Trump, who has almost zero political experience, may actually become the Republican front runner and have a legitimate shot at the white house. This prompted some very interesting comments from a former CIA director.
I for one find it hard to believe how any political candidate can say some of the insensitive things that Mr. Trump does and actually gain in popularity. The billionaire, who is self-financing his own campaign for the most part, certainly has some interesting ideas on how to fix the economy and it’s easy to see how he may garner some support there – but some of the comments he has made as far as foreign and domestic policy are concerning and have been off the wall for sure. I can understand how people want changes politically and economically in this country, but they also have to remember that the person we elect as President will have the world’s most powerful military at his or her disposal and a large supply of nuclear warheads too.
Mr. Trump has made some statements that could be very divisive to a country that badly needs to come together now more than ever. He has made such statements as to say he would not let any more Muslims come into the country unless new screening procedures were put into place and that a terrorist’s family should be put to death as a means of deterrence. Trump has made no secret about the fact that he believes in the use of all forms of torture and he has also stated a willingness to build a huge wall along the Mexican/US border. I get the issues that he is concerned with and where he is coming from, but I do not get the extremes that his comments go to in resolving these problems. There are a lot of potentially world-changing events going on around the world these days and I don’t believe it’s the best time to have a President with an ego, who shoots from the hip and does not always consider the ramifications of the words that he speaks.
These types of remarks are what led former CIA Director Michael Hayden to state in an interview that the military might not follow Mr. Trump’s orders if he were elected president and indeed tried to implement some of these policies such as killing a terrorist’s family. He pointed out that the military has some leeway in not following orders that are considered ‘unlawful’ in nature and that things like killing a terrorist’s family are even expressly prohibited by the Geneva Convention which the USA is a signee of.
It will be interesting to see over the next few months whether the somewhat-outspoken and aloof Mr. Trump gets elected president and then if these campaign statements were something simply said to garner votes or something he believes in enough to actually try to implement into policies.
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