Category Archives: Iraq

Thomas Friedman: Still Consistently Foolish About Everything After All These Years

Intellectualism, Iraq, Islam, Judaism & Jews, Middle East, Neoconservatism

Rolling Stone is hardly a place for profound ideas, but even they don’t take Thomas Friedman seriously.

I hoped I had heard the last of this fatuous, smug, celebrity journo when, superimposed upon the program of another “gem” of veracity and virtue, Fareed Zakaria Plagiarizer, Friedman could be heard venturing, recently, that ISIS appeals to young men because these are “young men who’ve never held power, a job or a girl’s hand and joined ISIS to get all three.”

For once I agree with John Maynard Keynes, who, in preparation for Bretton Woods, was known to have muttered something to the effect that (and I paraphrase), the Americans have all the money; we British have all the brains.

Friedman still persists in rejecting reality. The failed invasions he once cheered have brought this dolt no closer to the realization that, “Evil is part of the human condition, always has been, always will be; that it can’t be wished away, treated away, medicated away, legislated away,” or invaded away.

So many body bags later (ours; theirs), and Friedman is no closer to the intuitive understanding that young men need the anchor of a strong, muscular belief system for which they might consider dying. Why do America’s best and brightest sell their souls (and sacrifice lives and limbs) to Uncle Sam? Heroism (perceived or real) is in a man’s nature. You can’t tweak it out of him like an unsightly nose hair. And you can’t replace it, Mr. Friedman, with an iPad or a subscription to for Muslim singles. The spiritual nullity that is the West is no inspiration to Muslim men (and increasingly not to our own), many of whom want- and need to be engaged in epic battles.

The truly gifted Myron Robert Pauli quips, “Ah yes, I am going to BLOW MYSELF UP and take other people with me because, (1) my job is non-existent and/or sucks (roughly 95 percent of humanity), and (2) I am horny (roughly 95 percent of men). What brilliant insight into Muslim terrorists—as if atheists and Christians and Jews never have sucky jobs and get horny! Such deep thinking conjures movies like ‘Mars Needs Women,’ with the late Yvonne ‘Batman’ Craig.”

Here is our Friedman File spanning over a decade:

In “PUNDITS, HEAL THYSELVES!” (May 29, 2004), Thomas joined “Christopher Hitchens (who, unlike TF, was undeniably a writer of considerable flair and originality), George Will and Tucker Carlson (both of whom conveniently recanted at the eleventh hour), Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Mark Steyn, Max Boot, John Podhoretz, Andrew Sullivan – as they grab the Bush administration’s Iraq bluff and run with it showing their utter ignorance of geopolitical realities; insisting our soldiers would be greeted with blooms and bonbons and that an Iraqi democracy would rise from the torrid sands of Mesopotamia.

In “HIS RHETORIC, OUR REALITY,” Thomas is shown to have bastardized an important, modest principle of Judaism to better comport with his political ends (January 26, 2005). Top be fair, Friedman doesn’t know better.

In “Foul Tom Friedman,” Tom sticks to familiar territory: fouling up the meaning of capitalism.

And, in “Obama’s And Abdullah’s Plans for Israel,” Thomas Friedman joins that intellectual giant Wolf Blitzer in uproarious applause for Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s suggestion that Israel beat a retreat to the pre-1967 borders.

“Mr. Friedman,” notes a reader (hat tip Allen Cogbill), in response to this post, “has such deep ideas that a couple of fellows actually wrote an op-ed generator that generates columns for him. They did a nice job”:

2015, Tom Friend

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UPDATED: War Whisperer Garry Kasparov (Ahmed Chalabi Dies)

Iraq, Neoconservatism, Russia, War

You have pet whisperers—in our household it’s two parrot whisperers—and you have a war whisperer, that’s Garry Kasparov. The first is a person who “claims to communicate psychically with animals,” but simply uses kindness and patience to induce happiness, and hence compliance, in our companion pets. The second is a clever neoconservative-minded globalist, who ingratiates himself on stupid American media and political elites who share his mindset, and whispers sweet nothings in these asses’ ears, for the opportunistic purpose of bending their will to his.

One war whisperer is chess master Garry Kasparov convincing MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, today, that warring with Putin is a good for America. Another was Judith Miller’s old flame, Ahmad Chalabi, who was an Iraqi conman who fed the New York Times’ mindless Miller, now with Fox News, with misinformation that helped make the war on Iraq happen.

UPDATE: “Ahmed Chalabi died of a heart attack in Baghdad on Tuesday aged 71.” Had he not invited America to invade Iraq, he might have received better medical care. Iraq was quite civilized BB (Before Bush). In Canada we had Iraqi neighbors, who were most certainly NOT refugees.

Patrick Cockburn’s piece about the man is nicely nuanced:

… The accusation made against Chalabi after 2003 was that he had lured the US and its allies into a disastrous invasion of Iraq by fabricating or manipulating evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In time, he became the scapegoat for politicians and journalists looking for somebody else to blame for their own failures and falsehoods.

The charge seemed to me to be absurd because it is the business of the political exile to pass on damaging information, true or false, about the government he or she is trying to overthrow. Only the laziest or most naïve of journalists should have imagined that information put their way by Chalabi – or any other Iraqi exile – was non-partisan. …

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UPDATED: Apology Rejected, Tony Blair: Go Jump In The Lake (U2 Zakaria Plagiarizer)

Britain, Colonialism, Democracy, Iraq

Tony Blair has belatedly apologized for helping launch, with buddy Bush, an aggressive, baseless war on Iraq that saw hundreds of thousands of Iraqi innocents killed, uprooted and displaced from their ancient homeland. More so than ISIS had those two war criminals guaranteed the decimation of the ancient christian communities in the region. (Don’t worry; a decade from now, y’all will have reached that realization and will apologize to us libertarians). “Blair’s apology,” notes a surprisingly mellow Justin Raimondo, “sounds more like an apologia.”

Idi Amin was considered a war criminal for lesser offenses (plus/minus 300,000 killed). Ditto Bashar Assad. “Iraq war liars,” like former British Prime Minister Blair, “knew then what we know now,” so the man’s flippant, expedient apologies are not to be accepted. People (like this writer and others, many of them in the intelligence community) who sounded the alarm were mocked, derided and worse: fired, libeled, maligned.

Prime Minister Blair addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, July 17, 2003. Etched all over Blair’s address to Congress was the devotion to the “mystic [and, might I add, malevolent] idea of national destiny.” One particularly chilling dictate was this: “I know out there there’s a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, ‘Why me? And why us? And why America?’ And the only answer is, ‘Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.'”

The tyranny implied in Blair’s maudlin grandiosity should be obvious.

First, the little guy back home ought to be the one calling the shots, not Messrs. Messiah and Company. Second, before Blair joins Bush in rousing the “visionless” middle-class American from his uninspired slumber—The Great Redeemer thinks it’s below contempt to harbor a civilized desire to mind one’s own business and live in peace—he ought to take a look at the little guy back in England. (August 6, 2003)

Had Tony Blair even heard about his British philosophical forerunner, Gertrude Bell?

“Her writings [in the 1920s or thereabouts] about her experiences in the Middle East—particularly in Iraq—continue to be studied and referenced by policy experts in the 21st century.”


She portrays Iraqis who loathe foreign occupation yet worry about the alternative. She knows that the occupation is unsustainable and ineffective but she cannot contemplate total withdrawal. She recognizes that British colonial control is unworkable and that there must be an Arab government, but she finds the sacrifices and uncertainties hard to stomach. The situation, she concludes, is “strange and bewildering.”

In fact, the West knew in the 1920s what it knows now about Iraq and its propensity for democracy.

UPDATE: U2 Zakaria Plagiarizer. Do they ever get fired? Fareed Zakaria Serial Plagiarizer supported the war in Iraq, like most of America’s punditocracy, has never said a word worth heeding, and now he’s back to speak to the horrors of that invasion. When will the booboisie defect from Fox, CNN, MSNBC (which was not so bad on Iraq but lost the edge with Barack and Hillary’s wars)?

CNN boasts that Zakaria Serial Plagiarizer “asks tough questions of many of the key architects of America’s military intervention in Iraq over the last dozen years. Yes, 13 years after we libertarians were tearing our hair out over the war. Perhaps this useless bore (and his Republican counterparts) will get a Pulitzer.

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Dying In Iraq For Naught

Foreign Policy, Iraq, War

“Master Sergeant Wheeler, 39, a father of four who was thinking of retiring from the Army, became the first American in four years to die.” (NYT) What did this good man die for? He died to “rescue” “20 Iraqi security forces, some local residents and apparently some militants whom the Islamic State suspected as being traitors.”

Totally worth it, right? WRONG. So wrong.

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It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp: A Break In The Hustle And Flow Of Political Pimping

Constitution, Democracy, Iraq, Politics, Republicans

The series of eruptions begun when Donald Trump appeared on the scene to send The System’s sycophants scattering continued in the people’s House, today. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a shoo-in for the position of speaker and status quo enforcer, is gone. McCarthy will not be vying to be speaker of the House.

Like others among the mummified media, CNN’s Dana Bash confessed to being flabbergasted. You see, Bash is used to the hustle and flow of political pimping. Yeah, it’s hard out here for a pimp.

Last night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spun a riveting yarn. It all began with a good GOPer named Walter Jones (R). A really good GOPer, as Rachel is wont to say. North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones (R) is in the humble habit of signing off as “Walter.” But that’s not why “Walter” is a really good guy. “Walter” has also repented, as a moral man would, after voting to invade Iraq:

“I did not do what I should have done to read and find out whether Bush was telling us the truth about Saddam being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction,” Jones said during an interview on The Tyler Cralle Show.
“Because I did not do my job then,” Jones continued, “I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that.”

Other Republicans should repent too! Said Saint Augustine: “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.”

The latest good deed by “Walter” is to force the events aforementioned. Jones,

sent a letter to the No. 4 House Republican saying any candidate for leadership who has committed any “misdeeds” since joining Congress should “withdraw” from the contest.

Jones, a 20-year veteran of Washington, is referring to marital infidelity, and made reference to former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.), who stepped down due to an affair before he was slated to become speaker, and Newt Gingrich.

“With all the voter distrust of Washington felt around the country, I am asking that any candidate for Speaker of the House, majority leader, and majority whip withdraw himself from the leadership election if there are any misdeeds he has committed since joining Congress that will embarrass himself, the Republican Conference and the House of Representatives if they become public,” Jones wrote in a letter to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

From Hustle & Flow (an American film about a pimp who aspires to become a rapper) we move on to The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …

Kevin is gone. This is not chaos, as the mummified media would have it; it’s creative destruction.

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Donald Trump Does Presidential

Business, Elections, Iraq, Politics, Republicans

VA Worker: Do you think the VA has run out of money to help veterans?
Donald Trump: I think they have run out of competence. They have incompetent people running it.

At his New Hampshire press conference, Friday afternoon, Donald Trump was relaxed, commanding, decisive and … dare I say presidential? MSNBC even uttered the last adjective following the event.

While the other candidates, the parasites, hire “experts” to tell them what the people desire, so that they can get elected by promising them the earth; Trump is gathering the best, most productive and creative people around him to solve problems, not make people-pleasing promises. Note how pundits—mediocrities who enjoy their perches for no other reason than that they make themselves agreeable to the powers that be—are struggling to adapt to the way private enterprise thinks and works. The same incompetents who can’t make heads or tails of the Trump candidacy believe that when Trump says “our leaders are stupid”; he’s being simplistic, childish. But it really is as simple as all that—although I’d add that the traitor class is also venal.

Transcript courtesy of CNN (which still believes in the written word):

REPORTER: When are we going to see you roll out specific policy?

TRUMP: It will be very soon. Yes. I mean, I have some of the most brilliant people in the country working on tax, which I’m involved in very much because I understand the system very well, probably better than anybody that’s ever run for office, if you want to know the truth, because I am part of the system.

But we have some amazing people working on immigration. So, I would say over the next two or three weeks, probably sometime during September. OK?

REPORTER: Aren’t you worried about what Putin has done over in Ukraine —

TRUMP: So, Ukraine is a problem. But at some point, don’t you think that the countries of Europe should be a little bit more involved than they are? We are leading all these fights, and Ukraine is a big problem.

Germany is a very rich, powerful country, Germany, economically tremendous power — tremendous unbelievable unleashed economic power. Why isn’t Germany — do we have to lead every fight?

So, Ukraine is a problem. We should help them. But let Germany and other countries over there that are directly affected — let them work it. Let them work it.

We’ve got enough problems in this country. We have to rebuild our country. China and other countries have drained us. China has created the greatest theft in the history of the United States.

I mean, if you think about it, it’s the greatest theft in the history of the United States. The money they have taken out from us. It’s a one-way street. So, we have enough problems. Now, we back our folks and we back our friends and we want them

to straighten out Ukraine. And I want to see it straightened out also. But don’t you think maybe Germany and those countries directly affected should be fighting — it’s almost like they don’t even care. They don’t even care.

TRUMP: I think I get along great with them. I get along great. Who knows? But I think I’d get along great with them.

REPORTER: How are you doing?

TRUMP: How are you?

REPORTER: Rand Paul spent three days here in New Hampshire and he spent those days criticizing you.

TRUMP: Well, that’s because —

REPORTER: What did you do to tick him off?

TRUMP: Yes. No, Rand Paul — you have to understand — is a disaster in the polls. He’s a disaster on military and defense. He is getting decimated by everybody. And other than giving him a lot of money for an eye center at his request — he asked me, could I have money? I said, absolutely. Because I thought it was worthwhile. But I gave him a lot of money for an eye center, which is very hypocritical when you think of it. But other than giving him a tremendous amount of money for his eye center, which I’m happy about, frankly, because I’m sure they do good work, I hope they do good work, he is doing so badly that he figures he has to attack Trump because I’m leading by a lot everywhere.

And I don’t mind. I think he’s — he is never going to make it. Never going to make it. Can’t make it. Got the wrong message. I mean, this is not a time to be weak on defense. Okay? And I’m the opposite. I want to make our military so strong, so powerful, so great that nobody is going to mess with us. And I want to take care of our vets who are treated like third-class citizens. You know, two weeks ago on Wednesday, our vets, as you know — you probably reported on it, because you have a big problem here with vets that are not taken care of properly. Our vets had the longest wait in the history of the V.A., waiting for doctors in rooms. They wait four, five, six days. And in one case, they waited five days and the doctor said, sorry, I’m going on vacation now.

So our politicians all talk, no action. They’re all the same. Our politicians have let the vets down. Rand Paul has let the vets down. He has let the vets down. You know, I don’t blame him. He is doing so poorly in the polls so he attacks the person — you know, hey, look, I’ve been attack now by Perry of Texas. And he went peeing like a rocket ship except in the wrong direction. I was attacked by Lindsey Graham. And he had two points. Now he has zero. Now, Rand Paul has very few points. But I think he’s going down, too. I will say one further thing about Rand Paul then let’s not waste a lot of time. But Rand Paul is using the people of Kentucky.

Either run for Senate and do a good job or run for president. You don’t run for president and by the way, if I don’t make it, I will become your senator reluctantly. If I were somebody — a good, strong republican from Kentucky, I would run against him in a heartbeat. And you would win. Because the people of Kentucky are being used by Rand Paul. Now, think of it. They’re saying is, oh, if he doesn’t make it, we will take him. That’s not the way it works. The people of Kentucky should get a senator that wants to represent them, not a senator where it’s a backup plan. So, if I was in Kentucky, I would run against him. Believe me, I would win. Yes. Hi. Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I understand that you care a lot about vets.

TRUMP: I do, a lot.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I’m glad about that. I work as a veterans claims advocate, the disabled veterans.

TRUMP: Good.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The problem I have helping with them is that it takes over three years to process one claim.

TRUMP: Unbelievable. You hear that, it takes over three years to process one veteran’s claim.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And my question to you is, do you think the V.A. has run out of money to help them because it’s been out —

TRUMP: No. I think they have run out of competence. They have incompetent people running it. And it starts with our senators and our congressmen and our president. And I run things properly. What I run runs properly. One of the things I will do is take care of our veterans. It’s going to be very important. You know, you are a perfect example when you say three years to process a claim that should take 24 hours. Yes, ma’am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On a lighter note, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has challenged you to take the ice bucket challenge. Is that something you will do?

TRUMP: Look, he’s a clown Marty Walsh. I don’t even know who he is. This guy Marty Walsh, he spends all this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid and then he goes out and, you know, he is talking about ice bucket challenges. Get a real mayor. You know, he came out and he was strongly against — when we had the original problem with, as you know, when I was totally misquoted. Now everybody has apologized to me. Illegal immigration, I don’t like Trump’s statements. Now, everybody apologized because I turned out to be right. And you have had massive crime. You had beautiful Kate in San Francisco and so many others, even three days ago a 63-year-old woman — in fact 66-year-old woman was raped, sodomized and tortured by an illegal immigrant. And they caught him. And it’s just disgraceful what’s going on.

So I brought up — and I’m so proud of it. I brought up and I took a lot of heat that first week, week and a half. A lot of heat. They called it incoming from you people, incoming. Now so many people have apologized to me. And it has become a main stay of everybody’s campaign. The problem is they don’t know what to do about it. I do. I know how to solve the problem. And it starts with building a wall. Believe me. Okay. Yes, sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Governor Baker has said that some of your recent comments were reprehensible about women —


TRUMP: I don’t think he said that. No, I don’t think he said that. Let me tell you something. Jeb Bush said that on women’s health issues that he won’t fund them. He apologized. Are you okay? Jeb Bush said that on women’s health issues, he won’t fund them. Whose phone is that? You ready? Third time. Ready? Jeb Bush said that on women’s health issues, he won’t fund them. Then he said, I misspoke. I’m so sorry. I cherish women. Women will be taken care of better with a President Trump than anybody else republican or democrat. Anybody else. And you know you can look at my company. I have many women executives. They make in many cases more money, because the second question, how many do you have, many.

And I am going to be introducing them over a period of time, too. They are unbelievable executives. And they are paid almost — I think they are paid more. We’re looking into it. We’re studying it right now. But they get paid more. They are phenomenal. They are incredibly talented. And even years ago, in charge of major construction projects. I’ve had women in charge, which years ago was unheard of. So I’ve been way out in front. And Governor Baker should only dream about doing for women what I’ve done and what I will do. But on the women’s health issue, I will — there will be nobody better than Donald Trump.

It might be more. You know what it means? Whatever it takes. That’s what it means. Whatever it takes. Yes, ma’am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bernie Sanders has gained a lot of traction over Hillary Clinton —

TRUMP: Bernie Sanders has gained a lot of traction.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: — in New Hampshire. What do you think the voters are looking for (INAUDIBLE)

TRUMP: Well, they’re looking for real change. You know, Obama said they’re looking for a change. And look what we got. We got change. But they’re looking for something different than what they have. And you know, Bernie Sanders is not going to end up being the standard. But certainly he and I are getting by far the biggest crowds. I mean, look at the crowd tonight. Other people have 51 people, 54 people. We have 2,500 people and 1,000 people or more than that are standing outside listening to microphones. And loudspeakers. So we have had, you know, we’ve had tremendous growth. I had 15,000 in Phoenix. We’ve had, you know, every crowd is a record crowd. Every crowd is totally sold out. And he has done the same thing on the other side with a very different philosophy, to put it mildly.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Trump, Rand Paul has come out with this ad that sort of strings together comments about —


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: — healthcare and single payer healthcare and supporting Hillary Clinton. How concerned — you said your positions have evolved. But how concerned are you that people are going to —

TRUMP: I don’t think so. Look, I built a net worth of more than $10 billion. I’ve been a world class businessman. All over the world I build. I have some of the great assets of the world. And I don’t say that in a braggadocios way. That’s the thinking that our country needs to take our jobs back from China and Japan and Mexico and clean up the border, by the way, speaking of Mexico. But that’s the kind of thinking we need to take back our jobs, bring back our money, bring back our manufacturing. You take a look at China, what they have done. They have taken our money, our jobs, our base, our manufacturing. And we owe them $1.4 trillion. That’s like a magic act. They have taken everything and we owe them money.

You know, we owe right now China $1.4 trillion. It’s like a magic act. They get everything and we owe them money. Not the other way around. Because we’re led by people that don’t have a clue. Honestly, I think we’re led by stupid people. I don’t think they’re bad people. You know, it used to be they said it’s so bad it has to be that they’re bad people. I actually don’t think — I think they’re very stupid people. Our leaders don’t have a clue. They’re incompetent. And China is a great example. I met with Carl Icahn, one of the great business people. And I had dinner with him two nights ago. And I said, Carl, if O do this, I’m going to put you in charge of China and I’m going to add in Japan. And you know what? Everything is going to be just fine for us.

Going to be just fine. We have people negotiating for us that — they have no idea what they’re doing. They’re not even business people. And remember this, Bush and Hillary and all this — they have a lot of money. They raised a lot of money from my friends. I used to be one of them. I contribute to everybody. And they’re always there for me. But that’s not good for the country. That’s not good as a system. But Jeb has raised $114 million, approximately. Everybody that puts money up for Jeb Bush, it’s like he is a puppet. He is totally controlled by these people.

Jeb Bush is controlled by the people that put up the money. And so are the other candidates. I don’t want money from people. Other than small donations, because I have so many people — one woman sent $7 and other one sent one. I love that where they invest in my campaign. They invest. I don’t want that for the money. I want that because psychologically I think it’s great. But Jeb Bush has $114 million. What’s he going do with it? He’s start hitting me with ads, I guess, you know, at some point he has to. Because he’s going down the tubes. The guy is going down the tubes. There’s no energy. So, when Jeb and Hillary and all of these other candidates start spending money, remember this, that money was given by people that have total control over them. And those people, many of whom I know very well, they don’t care about him, they don’t care about the color of his hair, they don’t care anything about him. And they don’t care about the country in many cases. They only want whatever they want. And they will get plenty. Yes, sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Many of people who have contributed, we don’t know who they are. Would you call on Jeb Bush to have his PAC released the names of the donors?

TRUMP: They should release the names of the donors. I think we should be much more open, talking about campaign finance. I think we should be much more open. If somebody contributes a lot of money, we should know who those people are.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Citizens United, did you think that was a bad decision or did you agree with it?

TRUMP: Well, it’s not a great decision for me. And they are friends of mine. David Bossie, they’re friend of mine. Because I’m putting up my own money. So, here you have other people putting up money into other campaigns where they will have total control. A hundred percent Katie, they will have control of those people that are running for office. One of the reasons I’ve done so well in the polls is because everyone knows I’m not going to be controlled. I’m going to do what’s right for the country. No lobbyists. I know them all. I’ve hired many of them over the years. They’re very good. But when they give a million dollars or $5 million to Jeb Bush, they have total control over him. He will do like a puppet whatever they say. With me, there’s none of that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, would you push for legislation to change that?

TRUMP: I love the idea of campaign finance reform. And one of the things you should do is everybody should be known. If somebody gives a million or two million or five million it should be known. And I will tell you this nonsense with PACs where they have millions of dollars raised, a hundred million dollars raised and they don’t coordinate with the other people. I mean, Bush puts his best friend in there. They don’t talk. You are not allowed to talk. Do you really believe that that doesn’t happen? Okay. They’re not allowed to talk. Okay? They play golf on Saturday, but they don’t talk about the $100 million and where they’re going to invest. Come on. We’re not babies. It’s a shame. It’s a disgrace. And what I would like to see is if you put money up, you can put money into either or both. Do whatever you want. But there has to be transparency. You have to know where the money is coming from. And that would help.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What about limits —

TRUMP: Limits, okay.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What about Al Gore running, have you heard about that?

TRUMP: I would love to have — I think the concept of a woman running with me would be fabulous. Too soon to say. It’s too soon to say.

Well, I think that they will be probably involved at some point, because there’s a lot of pressure on Hillary right now. It has been brutal. It has been brutal for Hillary. And I think at some point she’s perhaps not going to be able to run. She’s going to have to end her campaign. That seems to be the thinking by so many. And I was saying that two months ago. And everyone thought, well, you, you know, you are not right. But it looks to me like what they have done — this is top secret stuff. Look, General Petraeus, his life was destroyed with a tiny fraction of what she’s done. So, it’s very unfair to him if they’re going to destroy him over doing by comparison nothing, I don’t see how she can run. I think she has got much bigger problems than running for office. Yes, ma’am?


TRUMP: Okay, last question. We will do two more questions. Go ahead.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: — Giving donations is bad for the country. Does that mean when you were giving donations to politicians, you were doing something bad for the country?

TRUMP: No, I don’t think donations when people don’t know who is donating are good. I think the concept of donations should be people should know who they are and who is contributing. I would rather see that. Don’t forget, while I’m friends with Citizens United and I like David Bossie who is the head of it all. I love him. I think he’s a great guy. But to me that doesn’t help me. Because I’m spending my own money. Okay? So, on a personal basis, I don’t love it. I think there should be better transparency. And I think when the money comes in, you should be able to use the money and do what you want. Because that’s what they do anyway. Everybody does it, unfortunately, not us because I’m not doing it. But these candidates are doing it illegally. Because they’re telling the people that are running the PACs exactly what to do. And if anybody thinks they’re not, they’re children.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You are headed to the Iowa State Fair next week —

TRUMP: I will be doing jury duty — can you believe? I’ll be doing jury duty on Monday morning. I knew you would ask me that question, Katie. I will be doing jury duty on Monday morning in New York City. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Criminal court or district court?

TRUMP: I don’t know. It’s one of the courts.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you looking forward to it?

TRUMP: Yes. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s fine. It’s going to be rolled out soon. Thank you very much. I will see you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you still going to give free helicopter rides?

TRUMP: I don’t know. Are we giving helicopter rides? I think so. To the kids.

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