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Trump The Untrustworthy

Donald Trump was against Muammar Qaddafi before he was for him (Slavko Sereda / Shutterstock.com)

Can we believe anything this guy says about, well, anything?

There is no theory to the chaos of Donald Trump’s constantly changing policy positions.

On Sunday, the volatile VIP changed his tune on yet another stance, saying he would have approved a “surgical” military operation to take out former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi after months of stating that he would have not intervened in the North African nation.

“I didn’t mind surgical. And I said surgical. You do a surgical shot and you take them out,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” after host John Dickerson confronted the mogul with a 2011 video of him saying he would have intervened in Libya.

“I was for doing something, but I wasn`t for what you have right now,” Trump continued. “I was never for a strong intervention. I could have seen surgical, where you take out Gadhafi and his group,” he said after further needling from Dickerson.

How does Trump think we got the chaos now in Libya?

One of Trump’s few qualities, I have felt, is his questioning the imperative for the US to exert global hegemony. If you are looking for a reason to vote for him, that’s one. But in truth, I don’t think he believes it. His foreign policy beliefs are really irritable mental gestures, and I believe that a President Trump will be so at sea on foreign policy that he will rely on the GOP foreign policy establishment. In other words, it will likely be the third George W. Bush term.

What a depressing election.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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