Over A Year Before 9/11,
Trump Wrote Of Terror Threat With Remarkable Clarity
“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.”
By Andrew Kaczynski
October 21, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "BuzzFeed"
- In 2000, 19 months before Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Trump
wrote extensively of the terrorism threat the United States was
Trump, who at the time was considering a
presidential bid on the Reform Party ticket, went so far as to say
that an attack on a major U.S. city was not just a probability, but
“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,” wrote Trump in his 2000
book, The America We Deserve. “No sensible analyst rejects
this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if
but when it will happen.”
Trump even mentions Osama bin Laden by name, in a
criticism of an American foreign policy that too quickly jumps from
one crisis to the next.
“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,” The Donald
wrote. “He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later
it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
Trump started a full-on war with former Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday, when he suggested Bush’s older brother and
former President George W. Bush is to blame for the attacks of Sept.
Jeb Bush took to Twitter to defend his brother,
calling Trump’s attack “pathetic,” and told CNN’s Jake Tapper on
Sunday that Trump talks about foreign policy like he’s still on his
reality show, The Apprentice.
Four years before The Apprentice ever
aired, Trump devoted an entire section of his book to keeping
America safe from terrorism, arguing our ignorance of the threats we
faced from terrorism was the biggest threat to national security.
“I may be making waves, but that’s all right,”
wrote Trump. “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
“We face a different problem when we talk about
the individual fanatics who want to harm us,” The Donald continued,
discussing the threat from individual terrorist organizations that
despised American culture.
Trump said such people were determined to attack
“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,” he wrote, adding they despised the U.S.
support for Israel.
“Our teenage boys fantasize about Cindy Crawford;
young terrorists fantasize about turning an American city (and
themselves) into charcoal,” Trump wrote.
Trump predicted a major attack on an American city
that would involved weapons of mass destruction, writing, “Yet it’s
time to get down to the hard business of preparing for what I
believe is the real possibility that somewhere, sometime, a weapon
of mass destruction will be carried into a major American city and
Trump added that even if the U.S. mobilized, the
country probably wouldn’t be able to stop most attacks. Trump said
many people would willingly sign up for a suicide mission in
America, and that the many U.S. military incursions create more
terrorists who want to harm us.
“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,” Trump wrote. “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.”