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Trump proposes plunder

Melvin B. Miller

Many Americans seem to have such a low opinion of politicians that they find Trump’s boorish behavior acceptable. They perceive his insults of opponents, disrespect for women and bigoted attitude toward Mexicans, Muslims and blacks to be refreshingly candid. Trump’s basic bloc of support has been steady despite his pattern of lies and his refusal to disclose his tax returns, a traditional act of transparency by candidates for the nation’s presidency to reveal business practices.

Evidence is beginning to mount that Trump does not have the high business ethics that many Americans would like to see in their president. In the first debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump inadvertently revealed a willingness to violate international law for economic gain. Trump vehemently asserted that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning. If so, he must believe there was no transgression by Saddam Hussein to justify American invasion. Apparently Trump was not deceived by the myth of weapons of mass destruction.

After Hussein’s demise, the U.S. and allies established a Coalition Provisional Authority to form the Republic of Iraq in 2004. There have been three presidents of Iraq since then. U.S. troops were finally withdrawn in December 2011. Trump stated in the debate and he has asserted on earlier occasions that the U.S. should have kept the oil. Trump’s position is that we should never have invaded Iraq, but having done so, we should nevertheless have seized their oil fields. It appears that Trump has little moral repugnance regarding larceny.

Under Trump, America would become a rogue nation that plunders the natural resources of weaker countries. Trump supports theft on a grand scale. Is that how Trump plans to “Make America Great Again”?