Donald Trump wrote a book called, “The America We Deserve.” In that book, which came out nineteen months before 9/11, he predicted that we would be hit with a terrorist attack on US soil that it would make the first bombing of the World Trade Center look puny in comparison:
“I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers….No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
Not only that but he mentions Osama bin Laden by name:
“One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan….He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
The book was discussed on Morning Joe on Tuesday morning and Joe Scarborough that it was a joke at first, but soon found out it wasn’t.
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Trump wrote an entire chapter on the fact that America was facing serious terror attacks here at home and said that the biggest threat was that everyone was downplaying the possibility:
“I may be making waves, but that’s all right. Making waves is usually what you need to do to rock the boat, and our national-security boat definitely needs rocking. Let’s point fingers. The biggest threat to our security is ourselves, because we’ve become arrogant. Dangerously arrogant. It’s time for a realistic view of the world and our place in it. Do we truly understand the threats we face? And let me give a warning: You won’t hear a lot of what follows from candidates in this campaign, because what I’ve got to say is definitely not happy talk. There are forces to be worried about, people and programs to take action against. Now.”
“We face a different problem when we talk about the individual fanatics who want to harm us.”
Trump said he believed that such people were an immediate threat:
“We can kid ourselves all we want by mocking their references to the Great Satan, but also keep in mind that there is no greater destiny for many people than to deal the Great Satan a major kick in the teeth.”
“Our teenage boys fantasize about Cindy Crawford; young terrorists fantasize about turning an American city into charcoal.”
“Whatever their motives — fanaticism, revenge — suffice it to say that plenty of people would stand in line for a crack at a suicide mission within America. In fact the number of potential attackers grows every day. Our various military adventures — some of which are justified, some not — create new legions of people who would like to avenge the deaths of family members or fellow citizens.
“It is one cost of peacekeeping we should keep in mind. I am not a hard-core isolationist. While I agree that we stick our noses into too many problems not of our making and that we can’t do much about, I strongly disagree with the idea that we can pull up the drawbridge to hide from rogue nations or individual fanatics.”
Maybe we have been underestimating how shrewd and intuitive Trump actually is.