Stephanopoulos asked, “So, we steal an oil field?” Trump responded: “Excuse me. You’re not stealing anything. You’re taking — we’re reimbursing ourselves. And we reimburse all of our allies. And we give every family a million or $2 million or $3 million who lost a son or a daughter. And all of the wounded that are all over the streets of all of the cities and all of the country.”

Trump believes the United States has acted like a chump militarily. He longs for the times when empires acted like empires. “In the old days,” he told Crowley, “when you have a war and you win, that nation’s yours. This country is a laughingstock throughout the world.”

Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates may believe it’s time to cut the defense budget, but Trump doesn’t. He wouldn’t touch it. “We need great defense,” he told Guthrie. “I guarantee you, of all the Republicans, I’m the strongest on defense.”