President Donald Trump has laid the blame for “the worst single mistake ever made within the historical past of our nation” squarely on the shoulders of former President George W. Bush.
In an interview with The Hill, Trump asserted that the worst mistake in U.S. historical past was “going into the Center East, by President Bush.”
Identified to rail in opposition to Democrats, quite than fellow Republicans, Trump stated that whereas former President Barack Obama “might have gotten [U.S. military personnel] out improper…moving into, is to me, the most important single mistake made within the historical past of our nation.”
Trump, who didn’t get Bush’s vote within the 2016 presidential election, stated each the monetary price and the price of lives misplaced because of the U.S.’s involvement within the Center East couldn’t be justified.
“We spent $7 trillion within the Center East,” the president stated. “Now should you wanna repair a window some place they are saying, ‘Oh gee, let’s not do it.’ Seven trillion, and hundreds of thousands of lives, , ‘trigger I prefer to rely each side. Thousands and thousands of lives.”
Whereas totally different estimates have been made on how a lot wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have price the U.S., a current evaluation by Brown College put the fee, as of September 2017, at $5.6 trillion.
That whole consists of prices of each U.S. wars, in addition to army involvement linked to Pakistan and Syria, homeland safety bills and healthcare prices for veterans.
In the meantime, the Pentagon has put its estimate of whole spending linked to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria between 2001 and 2018 at $1.52 trillion.
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Almost 290,000 civilians and combatants are estimated to have died within the Iraq Struggle because it started in 2003, based on estimates from Iraq Physique Rely, a mission devoted to holding document of fatalities ensuing from the struggle.
In his interview with The Hill, the president appeared to check Bush’s choice to invade Afghanistan and Iraq with the American Civil Struggle, which noticed an estimated 620,000 troopers die between 1861 to 1865.
“Civil struggle, you may perceive,” Trump stated. “That is totally different. For us to have gone into the Center East…that was simply, that was a nasty day for this nation,” he stated.