As the debate turned to wars in the Middle East, it became apparent that Donald Trump has the sort of grasp on military matters that can be gained from watching old movies, but little idea of the geopolitical realities of the situation.
In a discussion of the current Iraqi government offensive to retake Mosul — the country’s second-largest city — from ISIS, Trump repeated his frequent lament that the U.S. no longer engaged in sneak attacks, like those he said the American generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton would have favored.
He then claimed that the offensive to recapture Mosul was driven purely by a desire to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“I’m just amazed that he seems to think the Iraqi government and our allies and everybody else launched the attack on Mosul to help me in this election,” Clinton replied.
As the back-and-forth progressed, it became clear that Trump seemed to have no idea that the word “fallen,” in this case, means that the city had been taken over by one of the two warring factions. Instead, he appeared to think the word was simply a way of saying that bad things are happening there.