The second question comes from Tom, who wants to know how many “boots on the ground” do I want to send to defeat ISIS.
Tom, I don’t want to send any but this is not a want – it is a need. Now brace yourself because I am about to answer a question that most politicians could never bring themselves to say…I don’t know exactly how many. Tom, here is what I will do. I will meet with the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff, conveying to them my mission. I will ask them the best way to accomplish that mission. They would then come back to me with a list of resources they need. So Tom, the correct answer is not one fewer soldier than what the best and brightest military minds think is necessary. For far too long, we have had a leader that second guesses his commanders. I won’t do that. They will have my full support, not my Monday morning quarterbacking.
Listen, the media will likely run Ben Carson through the ringer on this. But the truth is, none of the politicians know exactly what they would do. Remember when Barack Obama campaigned on the idea he was going to end the war and close Guantanamo Bay immediately? Then he had his first homeland security briefing. After having his assistants retrieve his brown pants, he found himself back-peddling faster than... someone who's really fast at backpedaling on some kind of pedal-driven transportation device. Whatever, here's a gif.
Yeah, I was pretty much looking for any excuse to include that one. It was a reach, but I made it work. You're welcome.
Back to my point: campaigning is one thing, governing is another. That's why people tend to be disenchanted with the political process. Politicians campaign, promising one thing, then they take office and do another. Some of the time it's due to dishonesty. Other times it's simply due to ego. People aren't willing to humble themselves and admit what they don't know.
Now, if you find said politician not knowing
during his campaign, it's a problem. But giving an
answer on precisely the number of troops that would be put on the ground in Syria? Anything other than an "I don't know" would be a lie. Well that's just...