Friday November 27, 2015
Trump Predictions Build Commander-in-Chief Credibility
By Todd Beamon
25 Nov 2015
Donald Trump has been re-inventing American politics.
His latest innovation is citing a proven track record of predicting events before they happen — buffing up his bona fides as a potential Commander-in-Chief.
On the campaign trail for the past few weeks the billionaire has citing his crystal ball accuracy as proof he’s qualified for the job — from the 9/11 attacks to the rise of the Islamic State to improving Apple’s iPhone.
Here are some of the predictions Trump has made over the years and their outcomes:
Prediction: Trump wrote in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve,” that a terrorist threat would befallen the United States larger than the World Trade Center bombing on Feb. 26, 1993, That attack occurred below the North Tower — and it killed six people and injured hundreds.
“I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers,” Trump wrote. “No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
He also predicted that weapons of mass destruction would be used against an American city and advised the U.S. government to infiltrate terrorist groups.
Outcome: Nineteen al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four U.S. airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York — destroying the landmark — and one at the Pentagon.
Passengers brought down the last plane in Shanksville, Pa., killing everyone aboard.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including 343 firefighters and 72 police officers.
Osama bin Laden
Prediction: In the same 2000 book, Trump said this of Osama bin Laden:
“One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan.
“He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
Outcome: Bin Laden evaded efforts to kill him in the aftermath of 9/11 for almost a decade. Bin Laden reportedly escaped from his Afghanistan camp and hid in Pakistan. U.S. Special Forces and Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, al-Qaida’s founder, in a pre-dawn raid on his compound in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
Iraq War and the Rise of the Islamic State
Prediction: In a 2004 interview for Esquire magazine, Trump said that he would fire the Bush administration for its handling of the invasion of Iraq the year before, adding:
“… Two minutes after we leave, there’s going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he’ll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam [Hussein] didn’t have,” Trump said.
Outcome: Hussein was toppled and later executed — and 4,491 U.S. service members were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2014.
President Barack Obama pulled out the last U.S. troops in December 2011, which led to the rise of ISIS. The U.S. began airstrikes on the terrorist group there in June 2014.
Another Saddam has not arisen, but ISIS has seized a significant swathe of Iraq and has beheaded many Westerners, including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff — even beheaded four children who refused to rebuke their Christianity — and planned and carried out the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 and injured more than 350 others.
Syrian Refugees and ISIS
Prediction: In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” last month, Trump slammed President Obama’s plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year, arguing that they could be a recruiting ground for ISIS.
That is exactly what Obama wants – he wants ISIS in our backyard. Then we will have Paris-styled killings and then Obama can go on national TV and tell the people “it is a bump in the road or a setback.” And he will be very disappointed that more Americans weren’t killed.
Where is the “IMPEACH OBAMA” Police?