Donald Trump often rails against U.S. intervention in the Middle East that topples dictators whose exits lead to unstable regional consequences like the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups.
I mean, look at Libya,” Trump said. “Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. He [Saddam Hussein] would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like, now it’s the Harvard of terrorism. If you look at Iraq from years ago, I’m not saying he was a nice guy — he was a horrible guy — but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now, Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It’s all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what’s going on.”
When asked if the world would be better with Qaddafi in power, Trump said, “100%.”
Trump made similar comments on Meet the Press this year as well.
“You wouldn’t have had your Benghazi situation,” said Trump. “It’s not even a country.”
“But we have go in to save these lives; these people are being slaughtered like animals,” he said. “It’s horrible what’s going on; it has to be stopped. We should do on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives.”
Then, “After it’s all done,” Trump said, the protesters who took over the country would reimburse the U.S. through oil.