The Donald On Foreign Policy

Yesterday was a day of firsts….Cruz picked a VP and the Donald made his first foreign policy speech……since I am a nerd for foreign  policy that was the story I wanted to fixate on for the day…..

I have not been kind to any of the presidential candidates over their foreign policy, whenever I could get a handle on just what it was or how it would be handled….

Donald rattled on and on….at best it was incoherent…..

As part of his ongoing attempt to appear more presidential, Donald Trump gave a speech on foreign policy Wednesday in which he called for the country to be “America first” in its dealings with the rest of the world. “Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours, and we—while being fair to them—must start doing the same,” Trump said, per the Hill. Trump said the US has been making too many deals that hurt it and needs to have a “two-way street” in the future, CNN reports. He characterized the foreign policy of Obama and Clinton as “randomness” and “chaos” and criticized them for ignoring Islamic extremists. Here are some of the early reactions to Trump’s speech:

  • Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post, among others, knocked the speech’s lack of specifics: “The 45-minute speech was heavy on what the country has done wrong under President Obama and decidedly light on the specifics of how Trump will fix things.”
  • CNN’s Fareed Zakaria called the speech “bizarre” and “incoherent.”
  • But Ann Coulter was a fan. “GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH SINCE WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS,” she tweeted.
  • Lindsey Graham’s Twitter account, on the other hand, had burns for days. For example, “Are we sure the guy running the teleprompter has the pages in the right order?” and, “Not sure who is advising Trump on foreign policy but I can understand why he’s not revealing their names.”
  • David Sanger at the New York Times says Trump “left questions on the table” and included “many big, Trump-like themes” that nonetheless contradicted each other.
  • White House press secretary Josh Earnest pounced on Trump’s mispronunciation of Tanzania: “Apparently, the phonetics are not included on the teleprompter.”
  • That slip didn’t bother Newt Gingrich at all. “Washington elites mock Trump for mispronouncing Tanzania,” he tweeted. “They don’t get it. He said the most important word correctly: America. He gets it.”
  • Finally, the New Republic’s Ryu Spaeth was left unimpressed: “He declared that America is ‘finally going to have a coherent foreign policy,’ but literally nothing could be less coherent than the rambling, uncharacteristically telepromptered speech he gave today.”

I was hoping for something that I could get a grip on but instead I gotrthe same slogans and dog whistle speech that is only given to get an applause or two…..

In his latest attempt to answer the myriad questions about where his foreign policy stands, Republican front-runner Donald Trump gave a long foreign-policy speech blasting the previous policies of Bush and Obama/Clinton, laying out some of the same broad comments made in the past, reiterating his opposition to the Iraq War and insisting America must not go abroad looking for enemies, but ultimately raising new questions with some internally inconsistent statements and a reiteration of his desire to be “unpredictable” as a centerpiece of his policy.

Source: ‘Unpredictable’ Trump Sends Mixed Foreign Policy Signals — News from Antiwar.com

I heard nothing that would give me confidence in his visions for the future…..all I heard was regurgitation of the same taglines uttered for the paranoid tools that support him…..and of course the thing he desires most….applause.

But do not take my word for it….read his speech for yourself….

Source: Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech | TIME

Can The ISIS Threat Be Eliminated?

Now there is a question for the ages.

I know that ISIS is not grabbing many headlines these days….but I am still watching the situation so others do not have to…..

Some will say that it is a pipe dream……but I think there is a way and it is probably staring us in the face…..

Of course there is NO one with half a brain that does not want to see the end of ISIS and their murderous ways…so far the best and brightest have a plan to do so….arm moderate rebels, airstrikes and ……well that is about it for now.

The Syrian Army is doing well against ISIS, they have re-taken Palmyra and seem to have the thugs on the run….plus there is a peace process in the making and it seems to also be making some headway but there is a long way to go to end this thing.

I have seen 7 things that could end this thing once and for all……

  • Full cooperation between the two coalitions fighting ISIS — i.e. the coalition spearheaded by Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia and the one by the United States and its regional and international allies. This will assure cooperation among the key regional and international powers in the ISIS fight and is the only effective way to destroy the group.
  • In Syria, the ground offensive against ISIS led by the Syrian army and Kurdish forces should immediately be supported internationally and be intricately connected to Iraqi military and paramilitary efforts against ISIS. For that to happen, the Saudis, Qataris and Turks must command their proxy rebel forces to adhere to a complete ceasefire and allow them to cooperate with government and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS if possible.
  • In line with that, the Syrian government, opposition, as well as regional and international powers, should move beyond the current “cessation of hostilities” towards a formal and durable ceasefire. Parallel to this, prisoners should be released by both sides and humanitarian assistance should be administered to all areas.
  • International peacekeeping forces, numbering in the thousands, should be sent to guarantee the ceasefire and reopen the contested cities and towns to resettle as many displaced refugees as possible. Investing in the creation of such a force will be far cheaper to do than the billions spent to destroy the country and the cost of settling refugees outside of the country. In light of the proxy nature of the conflict, no Arab or Iranian forces should be a part of this peacekeeping force. A huge reservoir of forces exists in Asian, Latin American, European and African countries that could be used in this regard.
  • “We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of the presidency. Bashar [al-Assad] is a red line,” the Syrian foreign minister, Walid Muallem has said. However, the fate of Assad and the Syrian presidency should be left to the people of Syria through an election supervised by United Nations. In parallel, the opposition forces must precisely define who would negotiate for a national unity transitional government that would have full executive powers. This process will lead to a new constitution and ultimately to an internationally sponsored election. Terrorist and radical religious groups should be excluded.
  • There is a major need for a strong post-war rebuilding plan; a type of mini-Marshall plan that would foster stability during the fragile recovery period with economic support, enabling the re-inhabiting of destroyed cities and towns and preventing a chaotic and prolonged recovery.
  • The refugee centers in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon should be gradually dismantled to prevent them from becoming a long-term security threat to the region, as refugee camps unfortunately tend to become. Every effort should be made to return refugees to their towns and assist them in reconstruction and participation in the political process.
  •  For all these elements to succeed, there must be unity among the international community, specifically the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They need to control their regional allies and direct them towards these goals. Moreover, the Security Council should implement plans to stifle the deadly sectarianism spreading in West Asia

    Like I said….a long way to go….but what is the old saying…….”nothing ventured nothing gained”……..

    I say why not try this?  What could we possibly lose?  There has been enough death and destruction…..

 Then let’s say that the best case scenario comes true…..what then”
n the day after ISIL, that is the day when the organization is completely defeated militarily, a simple question may emerge in the minds: Have we all been hyping this “thing”, giving it more than what it is worth, hence contributing to an elusive sense of relief which we will certainly see spreading everywhere when this group of killers is militarily defeated?
Any questions?

Make America Great Again

There are many that I encounter on line that are always saying that America is the greatest country….ever……and most of them are supporting Trump…..which is odd because his campaign slogan is saying something completely different.

Donald Trump is the first candidate to run on a platform openly stating that America is in decline.

Low-energy Jeb.” “Little Marco.” “Lyin’ Ted.” “Crooked Hillary.” Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered media coverage, analysis, and commentary almost beyond imagining. Memorable as they might be, however, they won’t be what last of Trump’s 2016 election run. That’s surely reserved for a single slogan that will sum up his candidacy when it’s all over (no matter how it ends). He arrived with it on that Trump Tower escalator in the first moments of his campaign and it now headlines his website, where it’s also emblazoned on an array of products from hats to t-shirts.

Source: What Trump Really Means When He Says He’ll Make America Great Again | The Nation

Trump is great at insulting people but then most of his paranoid tools that support him like that….if you cannot refute what a person says then insult them with some sort of label that you find humorous….but I guess insults are easily understood by those mentally challenged.

So is America the greatest country ever or does it need to be brought back from the brink?

(Upcoming post on Trump’s latest foreign policy speech…..)

Jimmy Carter: A Statesman

For too long Jimmy Carter has been a running joke for the Repubs….I guess because their GOD Reagan won the election and saved the world from reason and logic.

Sadly, Carter may be the last statesman this country will ever have elected.  We pick our leaders now with faulty logic and slogans…..

Even have a party that thinks religion should be doled out by the White House….which means to me that freedom of religion is just a slogan for them not everyone.

 

Personally, I think Carter was a good president…..that he had a very good outlook on foreign policy, which is sadly missing in today’s plethora of candidates.  He is the only ex-president that is giving back to the country not making money for their self-indulgences…..of all the recent presidents Carter has shown a desire to make America great and not worry about how big his wallet has become…..he should be an example for ALL Americans to emulate……but instead we get this current crop of wannabes…….how sad this has become.

The tragedy of ‘foreign policy elites’

I admit that I am a foreign policy wonk……I believe that foreign policy is the most important issue of the day and especially with this election in 2016.  In a world of globalization the events around the world effect every aspect of the lives of the people of any given country.

My problems are with the so-called foreign policy elites…those people that work for the “think tanks”…….. those institutions that are driven by whatever agenda they are paid to champion.

But these “elites” will be employed by whoever wins this election and out path will be set…..if it hasn’t been already.

What, after all, have foreign policy elites of either party done for us lately?

Can our nation survive without taking advantage of the wisdom of self-described “foreign policy elites”? That is the question posed on Page 1 of The Post’s print edition on Saturday, under the headline “Foreign policy elites indecisive on Trump.” The Post’s Karen DeYoung reports that 121 Republican national security experts have signed a petition saying they would not serve in a Donald Trump administration, should democracy serve them up such an opportunity. Actually, in their eyes, it is less an opportunity than a possible obligation. We all have to decide whether to vote for Trump, which is a pretty easy decision for most people I know. But “foreign policy elites” have the further obligation of deciding whether to work in a Trump administration. This, apparently, is not an easy decision at all

Source: The tragedy of ‘foreign policy elites’ – The Washington Post

My fear is that the “realist” theories of international relations will have the ear of the president….if that is the case then we are in for more wars and more interventions……more wasted money that is needed to repair this country.