In a recent op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, James Kirchick expressed concern over what he imagines a Trump presidency would entail.
Rather than offering a sober appraisal of Trump’s foreign policy, Mr. Kirchick, as is unfortunately common with almost any Jewish commentary on Donald Trump, quickly descended into infantile fearmongering.
Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly bragged about ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, and has dismissed the possibility that he would face any resistance. “They won’t refuse,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baier earlier this year. “They’re not gonna refuse me. Believe me.” When Baier insisted that such orders are “illegal,” Trump replied, “I’m a leader. I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”
While it is correct that Trump initially made some ambiguously alarming statements concerning the treatment of the families of terrorists, Mr. Kirchick neglects to mention that Trump later clarified his position, claiming that he didn’t, in fact, want to kill them – but did want to “go after” them.
This is a completely reasonable and necessary position. Consider the following: The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, sold his house to family members for $10, and his wife witnessed the transfer. Is it too farfetched to suggest that Omar’s family might have known his intentions…