Trump's Plan to Kill Terrorists' Families Matters More Than His Dick
The Republican Party has spent most of the campaign cycle thus far looking like a political version of a Roland Emmerich movie. Untold destruction and chaos have always been the tools of the famed director’s trade, and now those same tools perfectly encapsulate just how low the so-called Grand Ole’ Party has sunk. We thought nothing could top the embarrassment of last week’s debate but then, ten minutes into the last night’s debate, Donald Trump brought up his penis. It lit up the Internet and was the main takeaway from another train wreck of a night, but the dialogue can’t stop at how big Trump’s hands are.
The men on stage last night are actual candidates in the running to be the next President of the United States and, as fun as it is to put them on blast and ridicule them, the fact is they could end up in charge of the country for at least four years. Pushing aside the short-fingered vulgarian’s valiant attempt to keep the narrative on his limp personal problems, one very real takeaway from last night set the tone for what a Trump presidency could actually look like—and it’s more terrifying than the prospect of another walking joke take over a country.
“We should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding,” Trump said after taking a break to breathe and getting ready for his next round of personal attacks. The subject had changed to foreign policy and what the candidates would do to protect Americans from the threat of ISIS. Trump’s willingness to order U.S. forces to kill the family members of terrorists is so extreme that it prompted Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who recently left the NSA and the CIA, to issue a statement condemning Trump.
Some of Mr. Trump’s proposals, such as killing the families of terrorists, aren’t just wrong—they’re in violation of the international laws of armed conflict that prohibit this strategy, which is called “collective punishment.” More specifically, they would violate the international Geneva Convention, be considered a war crime, and continue a practice that has been proven to not work in the past. Oh yeah, and it’s also just blatantly Islamophobic and horrifying to declare you’d kill someone’s entire family. The candidates are supposed to show an understanding of international relations, not spout off strategies tailor-made for the Mafia.
Unsurprisingly, Trump has already begun backing down from his illegal foreign policy plan—a strategy he’s used with most of his positions that have been held up to the light and called out for the shams that they are. And he’d do well to back down too, considering the fact that his position is based on a conspiracy about the terrorists’ wives and girlfriends on 9/11 and goes against every international law on foreign conflict. Today he said that he understands “that the United States is bound by laws and treaties” and wouldn’t “order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters.” That almost sounds presidential, which is probably a good sign for someone trying to run for president. Let’s hope that, as the debates move forward, we can limit the literal dick-waving contests and focus on the real issues.
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