CNN: Trump praises Saddam Hussein's efficient killing of 'terrorists,' calls today's Iraq 'Harvard for terrorism'
Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN)Donald Trump on Tuesday once again expressed his preference for keeping dictators in power in the Middle East.
While acknowledging that Saddam Hussein "was a bad guy," Trump praised the former Iraqi dictator's efficient killing of "terrorists" -- despite the fact that Iraq was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism during Hussein's time in power.
Trump, who supported the Iraq War before the invasion and in the early months of the war, said the U.S. "shouldn't have destabilized" Iraq before pivoting to praising Hussein.
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WNU Editor: Saddam Hussein supported Palestinian terrorists .... Saddam bankrolled Palestinian terrorists (Scotsman) .... so I would not credit Saddam Hussein as being someone who is "very good" at killing terrorists. But as to his other claim that Iraq is now the "Harvard for terrorism" .... can't argue with that.
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