Deplorable and Illogical
Rudy Giuliani on This Week this weekend:
STEPHANOPOULOS: They do emerge from September 11th. And one of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq. Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft?
GIULIANI: Well, no. I — he said take it so that the Islamic State then would not have had it available…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But he said leave a force back there and take it, though.
GIULIANI: Leave a force back there and take it and make sure it’s distributed in a proper way. And —
STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s not legal, is it?
GIULIANI: Of course it’s legal. It’s a war.
GIULIANI: Until the war is over, anything’s legal.
That oil becomes a very critical issue. First of all, if that oil wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have the Islamic State.
First, the notion that “anything’s legal” during war is utterly deplorable.*
Second, it makes absolutely zero sense to state that “if that oil wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have the Islamic State.” That oil is part of the overall political equation in that region is certainly true, but that is like saying water is wet–it is both true and unhelpful in an of itself in terms of proving some broader point.
The only way “if that oil wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have the Islamic State” works logically is if one is stating that it is unlikely the US would have been involved in the Middle East to the level that it has been over time sans the presence of oil and hence, among other things, likely no First Gulf War, no stationing of US troops in Saudi Arabia, no incensing Osama Bin Laden, no 9/11, no Second Gulf War, no aftermath of that war, no destabilization of Iraq, and (finally) no ISIS. And yes, even that chain of causality is blatantly simplistic, but is a doctoral dissertation in comparison to what Giuliani is saying here.
Oh, and let’s note again before the post is over the call for war crimes and an utterly immoral, might-makes-right, approach to war fighting. It is an incredibly disturbing thing for a campaign surrogate to be saying, especially at his level of influence and experience, not to mention someone who would likely serve in a Trump administration at a high level.
Like I said in the title of the post: deplorable and illogical.
*It is the word of the week, and it just fits.