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October 19, 2016 11:47 pm

Trump at Final Presidential Debate: US Has Been ‘Outsmarted’ by Russia and Iran in Middle East

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Donald Trump at the third and final presidential debate. Photo: Screenshot.

Donald Trump at the third and final presidential debate. Photo: Screenshot.

Russia and Iran have “outsmarted” the United States in the Middle East during President Barack Obama’s time in office, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed in Wednesday night’s presidential debate against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

According to Trump, the “big winner” of the new Iraqi government’s ongoing offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIS would be Iran.

“Iran should write us yet another letter saying thank you very much because Iran as I said many years ago Iran is taking over Iraq,” Trump said at the third and final debate of the 2016 presidential election. “Something they wanted to do forever but we made it so easy for them. So we’re now going to take Mosul and you knows who is going to be the beneficiary? Iran.”

Referring to the withdrawal of US military forces from Iraq while Clinton was secretary of state, Trump said, “You were there when you took everybody out of Mosul and out of Iraq. We shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but you did vote for it. You shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but once you’re in Iraq you should have never left that way.”

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Clinton, for her part, said she was “encouraged” by the US-backed effort to liberate Mosul from ISIS.

“It is going to be a hard fight,” she said. “I’ve got no illusions about that. And then continue to press into Syria to begin to take back and move on Raqqa, which is the ISIS headquarters.”

“I am hopeful that the hard work that American military advisers have done will pay off and that we will see a really successful military operation,” she continued. “But we know we’ve got lots of work to do. Syria will remain a hotbed of terrorism as long as the civil war aided and abetted by the Iranians and Russians continues. So I have said, look, we need to keep our eye on ISIS.”

Regarding the ongoing civil war in Syria, Clinton advocated for the creation of a no-fly zone and safe havens. Asked by the debate moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, whether the establishment of a no-fly zone could lead to military confrontation between the US on one side and the Assad regime and Russia on the other, Clinton replied, “I am well aware of the really legitimate concerns that you have expressed…This would not be done just on the first day. This would take a lot of negotiation.”

Trump called the notion Clinton could defeat ISIS “ridiculous.” He also asserted that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was “much tougher and much smarter” than Clinton and Obama.

“Nobody can believe how stupid our leadership is,” he said.

Israel went unmentioned by both candidates during the hour and a half debate.

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  • ReformSchool

    Our need for credible, unbiased vote counts has reached critical mass.

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    By now, I hope it has occurred to most voters that the corporate news media that for over a year has turned daily bashing of Donald J. Trump into a cash cow is one-and-the-same propaganda cartel that stages debates between Democratic Party candidates and comedy roasts of Republican candidates.

    Do the “highly-educated” public media reporters and their audiences realize their participation in this game, ethically-questionable for commercial media, is defiantly illegal for tax-exempt entities? Do they care?

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    How many voters realize the so-called “impartial” media syndicate that jointly broadcasts Election Night, the entity that tallies the votes and the preceding year of political propaganda stories, are one-and-the-same?

    If the media were not so openly anti-Trump, their unvarying claims that Trump’s refusal unconditionally accept THEIR corrupt “CON version” of “the will of the voters” might indeed be “unreasonable and outrageous.”

    The brainwashed voters who accept the Politically Correct reality that corporate media has sold them (and sold them out) for so long are the “Ship of Fools.” Obama’s and Clinton’s daring Putin to start a nuclear war with them reveals not only their lust for power, but their “green” goal of world population reduction and control. If that should turn out to be the United States population, so much the better for them.

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  • bocapunter

    A political event disguised as a military operation.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    What can we do to help Mr. Trump. First of all get out the vote. Then write letters to the editor to the liberal media who misinterpret every word he says. Please try and get me on radio and T.V. shows. I have done over 30. I AM YOUR VOICE. The newspapers in general will not publish my articles on Trump because they are biased against him nor will they quote me. Please help by mentioning my positions in your letters. Where are the clergy? MOST SUPPORT HILARY . I THEREFORE ASK YOU TO HELP ME TO WIN FOR TRUMP. Being attacked does not bother me nor is being threatened. Inaction truly stresses me out. RABBI FOR TRUMP

  • Antina de Boer

    Of course Israel was not mentioned.Hillary mentioned Russia’s intervention ??? in American elections.Lying to get the public to believe her nonsense.What about Obama’s interfering in Israel’s elections? Hillary feels sure with the Media support.For her this means she has the Right to rig the American elections.

  • johan eary

    To say that Obama has been outsmarted or “out presidented” by Putin is an understatement. Obama chose to lead from behind and as a result, Putin saw his chance and grabbed it with both hands.

  • jobacon

    Trump continues to reveal himself as the worst candidate for president in the history of the United States. He is utterly vile, and in the lying stakes he is by far the biggest liar. Mark my words, he is a Robert Maxwell in business, I bet it won’t be long before he is declared bankrupt his empire is a house of cards. His attitude to women is utterly disgusting, with his string of trophy wives and the way he has groped and assaulted women throughout his life. I bet the women who have come forward are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    in my opinion as a professor of public speaking, this was Mr. TRUMPS best performance. Should make a difference in the polls. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • Efram Paul

    I do not agree that the US was outsmarted. Our jihadist-in-chief knew EXACTLY what he was doing, and got exactly what he wanted.

  • Mr. Trump was correct that the U.S. has been “outsmarted” by Russia and Iran in the Middle East. The establishment of a “no-fly zone” over Syria would most likely lead to a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. If Mrs. Clinton moves back into the White House, the Cold War with Russia may turn into a “Hot” War.

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