To reporters aboard Air Force One.
"They're allowed to kill our people, they're allowed to torture and maim our people, they're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way," Trump said, according to a pool report.
With that, Trump lost the vote of many if not most anti-war persons who voted for Trump believing he would be better than Hillary.
War Crimes Threats But No Republican Outrage
An attack on a cultural site would violate several international treaties and would likely be considered a war crime.
In 2017, for example, a United Nations Security Council resolution "condemns the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage, including the destruction of religious sites and artifacts." That resolution came as a response to the Islamic State's destruction of a number of major historic and cultural sites in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and 2015.
The UN was clear then that actions targeting cultural locations constituted a war crime.
"The deliberate destruction of our common cultural heritage constitutes a war crime and represents an attack on humanity as a whole," said the spokesman for then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2015.
Threat is Immoral and Un-American
Nicholas Burns is former undersecretary of state for political affairs and ambassador to NATO. Burns noted the Trump administration supported the 2017 UN resolution condemning destruction of cultural sites.
Two Decades of No Lessons Learned
Reason says a Decade of No Lessons Learned in U.S. Overseas Intervention.
Unfortunately, it's two decades. And here are some interesting observations.
As this decade began, U.S. armed forces were in year nine of their occupation of Afghanistan. A fresh surge of new U.S. military personnel was sent in by then-President Barack Obama that raised troop levels there to just below 100,000 by August 2010. The estimated expense of the occupation for 2010 was $94 billion, with a cumulative total through the end of that year of $338 billion.
Obama had promised he'd start to reverse his troop surge by July 2011, and it seemed just barely possible that the Nobel Peace Prize winner might actually end a U.S. war in the 2010s.
Although Donald Trump, before becoming president, had regularly said the war was a "big waste" and that we should "come home" immediately, we now have more troops in Afghanistan than there were when he took office. His first full year running U.S. foreign policy saw a record number of bombs dropped on Afghanistan.
Whether it was Obama or Trump in charge, the 2010s have been a decade of spending money we don't have and wasting lives pursuing goals we can't win. More business as usual for the U.S. foreign policy machine, across administrations and decades.
Did it Before and No One Cared
What the difference?
Trump brought it to everyone's attention with his childish, immoral, un-American, and illegal threats.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock