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

Will Change Be Coming?

Trump has many supporters and people that just like his style…..many also like his open speech and his grasp of the issues that most Americans are struggling with daily….personally, I do not see any of that but what the Hell…….people will vote for him because of his unique style of campaigning…..am I right?

But “what if” he decided to change his “style” and try to get more people on his side for the election and the convention….will his support dwindle?

Over the weekend I read a piece that may be good news to some and bad news to others……

No more Mr. Trump Guy? At a Republican National Committee meeting in Florida Thursday, senior Donald Trump advisers told worried GOP leaders that the brash persona the candidate has projected for as long as anybody can remember is about to be replaced by something more electable. “The part that he’s been playing is now evolving into the part that you’ve been expecting. The negatives will come down, the image is going to change,” top aide Paul Manafort said, according to a recording heard by Reuters. “You’ll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You’ll see a real different guy,” Manafort promised, adding that Trump plans to start focusing on “crooked Hillary.” He explained that Trump “had to first feed the first phase” before softening his image.

“When he’s sitting in a room, he’s talking business, he’s talking politics in a private room, it’s a different persona,” Manafort said, per NBC News. “When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose.” ABC News reports that at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday, Trump seemed unready to start projecting the image his advisers promised. “I just don’t know if I want to do it yet,” he said, adding: “At some point, I’m going to be so presidential that you people will be so bored.” Ted Cruz, meanwhile, said he was glad Trump had admitted that it’s “all an act, a show,” the AP reports.

Let’s say he alters his style or positions….will that be his death throe?

…..waiting for a answer…….

NOPE!  Psyche!  Did you really think anything would change?

After say that Mr. Trump had this to say……

So much for a changed Donald Trump. He told supporters on Saturday that he’s not changing his pitch to voters, a day after his chief adviser assured Republican officials their party’s front-runner would show more restraint while campaigning, reports the AP. “I sort of don’t like toning it down,” he said at a rally in Connecticut, per the New York Times. “Isn’t it nice that I’m not one of these teleprompter guys?” Trump also declared to the crowd that he has no intention of reversing any of his provocative policy plans, including building a wall along the length of the Southern border. “Everything I say I’m going to do, folks, I’ll do,” he said.

Trump’s new chief adviser, Paul Manafort, met Thursday with top Republican officials and told them his candidate has been “projecting an image.” The “part that he’s been playing is now evolving,” Manafort said. At a rally in Waterbury, Trump joked about acting presidential, making a series of faux somber faces……

This ought to drive the media into a home for the criminally stupid……now you see it….now you don’t…….type of thing.

Side Note:  Trump will be giving a foreign policy speech this week in DC…..since that is kinda my thing I will be watching and analyzing what he has to say.

2016 GOP: Yet Another One Bites The Dust

The blood letting in New Hampshire continues….they are dropping like flies in the GOP…..first after the vote was Christie and now we have one less (again)….Carly Fiorina……the report of her leaving is on Twitter for BBC……

Carly Fiorina

That brings the total body count still active to 6 or 7….who knows for sure?

Still working on confirmation…….just thought my readers would like to be up on Breaking News……

Confirmed by Financial Times…..

Say good-bye to Carly……gone and soon forgotten…..

Clinton: Some Things Never Change

Can anyone remember the primaries of 2008?

Never mind….I would not want anyone hurting themselves…..my point is back in those days Clinton was going negative against her Dem opponent, Obama, and she was losing ground quickly….and then she had that tender moment in New Hampshire and her  “nice” side appeared and it worked….her support skyrocketed….but in the end she lost but her negativity was there just beneath the surface of her campaign…..

I bring ancient history into this because it looks like Clinton is trying a failed tactic from her last campaign….negativity……I was wondering when Clinton or her surrogates would use the “S” word against Bernie….well I did not have to wait long….now did I?…….

Attacks on Bernie Sanders by rival Democrats are likely to turn increasingly to his record on the economy and foreign affairs, according to a new dossier seen by the Guardian that accuses him of sympathising with communists and “not believing in capitalism”.

A ferocious war of words between Hillary Clinton and Sanders has erupted in recent days as polls showing the Vermont senator taking the lead among Democratic voters in both New Hampshire and Iowa have sent shockwaves through the party establishment and prompted growing personal attacks.

On Thursday, Sanders aides accused David Brock, a political operative who runs a Super Pac set up to defend Clinton, of “mudslinging” after he claimed Sanders was acting as if “black lives don’t matter” in a new campaign ad.

I would expect this from the mental midgets that support Trump or Cruz…..but not from a Dem…..there will be plenty of time to sling the mud….how about just stick to issues and the differences in vision…..just a thought……

I was a bad idea in 2008 and it is an even worse idea in 2016…..but do not take my word for it……

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may be poised to win both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, and as Sanders soars, rival Hillary Clinton is making the worst possible move of launching an all-out attack against him, which is the same mistake she made when she attacked Barack Obama in 2008.

Source: As Sanders soars, Clinton goes negative — a bad move | TheHill

Did Hillary learn her lesson from the 2008 debacle?  Looks like the answer to that is NO……she wants to win no matter what she has to do to achieve that end…..is that what we are looking for in a leader?

Don’t know about you……but I am not impressed.

 

Clinton: The Claws Come Out…… (I Have Been Waiting)

Before I begin…..the big news of the day is that there is a large snowstorm heading for the East Coast…..before you break into a panic…..let me say one thing…..It is WINTER you dummy!  Get over it!

I recall the early days….by that I mean last year or so…..when the Dems were making nice with each other…..the two leaders said that they would not run a negative campaign…..a fine gesture……

Hillary has been in the lead with the exception of New Hampshire and she was polite and well…..nice.

But that has changed……she is not doing well in New Hampshire and now she is behind in Iowa…….

Things have gone “from bad to nightmare” for Hillary Clinton thanks to a new CNN/WMUR poll out of New Hampshire, per the Washington Post. The poll—which quizzed 927 of the state’s likely Democrats from Jan. 13 to 18—shows Bernie Sanders has expanded a solid lead in early December by 10 points to an insane 27-point lead with a 4.8-point margin of error. Another good sign for Sanders: About 52% of voters say they’ve decided who will get their vote in the primary. The only downside for the Vermont senator is that his support “rests heavily on groups whose participation in New Hampshire primaries is less reliable—notably younger voters and those who aren’t registered Democrats,” reports CNN.

Clinton trails by 45 points among undeclared voters, but just nine points among registered Democrats, though she led Sanders by 7 points in the latter category in December. Sanders is also enjoying a 91% favorability rating—”which is basically where Michael Jordan’s favorability ratings would have been in Chicago in 1993,” quips the Post. Clinton—who was described by 55% of respondents as the “least honest” Democratic candidate—sits at 65%. However, Clinton does show an advantage nationally with minorities and voters over 50, per Time. She leads Sanders by 15 points among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters in a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday, with a 5.2% margin of error.

All the nice sentiments are eroding away……now that Hil is losing to Bernie the gloves have come off…..she and her surrogates are playing the one card I have been waiting for…..the socialist card.

The GOP has been nothing but negativity I expected better from the Dems…..but after thinking back to the 2008 primaries I realized that she does that when she feels her grasp of eventual power slipping….

Recently Bernie made a statement about Hillary as part of the “establishment” and their money……she immediately took offense and used Planned Parenthood as an example of the “establishment”……but I hate to pee on her parade but her examples are shoving money at her in the thousands and probably millions…..

Source: Yes, the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood made establishment endorsements – AMERICAblog News

She will do what she needs to do to destroy her competition….that includes lame name calling and the fear tactic……the GOP should be proud of her tactics…..

I may be a Bernie supporter….but they all have a “group think” mentality…..basically they are ALL on the same page on many issues……

Source: Democrats in ‘Group Think’ Land | Consortiumnews

I am not pleased that the Dems are all on the same page when it comes to foreign policy…….but then  expected nothing different…….

Jeb: Time For An Obit?

Once again the presumptive nominee a couple of months ago is having a horrible time trying to win over the voters…..and the last debate that all said he had to crunch did NOTHING to help his cause….I hear people mock Carson for being too sedate….apparently they have not witnessed the performance of Jeb Bush in the past 3 months….Carson is like a dude on meth next to Jeb…..

After his dismal performance at the CNBC debate there are many in the political world calling him a dead candidate….or at least should consider going home and playing with his wife….for he is DONE as a GOP candidate…

Please do not take my for for it only…there are plenty of critics……

Think Wednesday night was a rough one for Jeb Bush’s candidacy? Consider these assessments:

  • Politico: “It will also likely be remembered as the night the Jeb Bush 2016 deathwatch began,” writes Glenn Thrush. Candidates can recover from the various missteps Bush has previously suffered, “but you can’t do all those things, and then lay an egg in the most important debate of your political career.”
  • Matt Drudge: “Jeb Bush can eat carbs now… #GOPDebate.”
  • Weekly Standard: “Rubio ended Jeb Bush’s campaign with the kind of body shot that buckles your knees,” writes Jonathan V. Last. “That’s on Bush, who never should have come after Rubio in that spot for a host of strategic and tactical reasons.”
  • New Republic: “The whole [Rubio] exchange exemplified my point that Bush just isn’t very good at this, and would help his party by suspending his campaign,” writes Brian Beutler.
  • Five Thirty Eight: “Yeah, Jeb Bush Is Probably Toast,” reads the headline on a Nate Silver post. The “conventional wisdom” is that he’s in trouble, which is a problem in this case because “Bush is running a conventional campaign.” He “maybe” can recover, “but his problem isn’t a mere lack of ‘momentum,'” writes Silver. “Bush has never looked all that electable or all that conservative.”
  • Slate: “It was do or die,” writes Jamelle Bouie. “And Bush died. … Bush might have cash reserves and support from family backers, but after tonight, he’s slipped to the second tier. He may not leave the race, but he’ll struggle to get traction.”
  • Washington Post: “Oh, Jeb. This was a really bad night for someone who needed a good-to-really-good night,” writes Chris Cillizza. “The buzz about whether Jeb is up to this race, which was at a relatively low level before tonight, is going to start getting a lot louder.”
  • And a counterpoint: “Be patient,” says a GOP strategist quoted in Mike Allen’s Playbook blog at Politico. “He has the cash to stay in until he can retool. Let the new frontrunners tear each other apart. Trust his abilities and résumé will give him a path back. Don’t stop fighting.”

Personally, I do not think all the money that he supposedly squirreled away will do any good…..he is on life support….and rich donors are looking for the plug…..he could make it to Iowa….but is there not a city named Waterloo in Iowa?  That would be poetic!

Please let me have your thoughts on the Bush candidacy……

Is It Bush Lite?

Oops!  Got caught with the checkbook down…….

I have to admit that the run up to the 2016 election has been very entertaining…..there is something for everyone……humor, sorrow, disgust, whining and support……people come and go……candidates talk and lie……pundits speculate and bloggers just rant…….

But all that is just stuff…..and then I read something that makes me go….WTF?

Donor pressure, plummeting poll numbers, and a wrench named Trump have caused Jeb Bush’s campaign team to start what Reuters calls “reboot mode” and make a drastic decision: slash pay for campaign workers and downsize its Miami headquarters, leading to a 40% payroll decrease and $1 million savings per month, senior campaign officials tell Bloomberg. “Aggressive” measures include cutting salaries of all but the most entry-level workers, decreasing travel costs by 20%, and slashing 45% of the overall budget, except funds for ads and voter contact, per a campaign statement. Bloomberg notes downsizing will include letting consultants go and removing some senior staff from payroll (though some will reportedly keep stumping as volunteers). “Jeb is in this race for the long haul … [and] we are in this campaign to win,” the statement says.

The statement doesn’t beat around the bush about the person beating down Bush. “It’s no secret that the contours of this race have changed,” it notes. “We would be less than forthcoming if we said we predicted in June that a reality television star supporting Canadian-style single-payer health care and partial-birth abortion would be leading the GOP primary.” But with $10.3 million in the bank at the beginning of October (and hopefully more to come via fundraising), campaign officials believe the cutbacks will help them divert more funds to early-voting states, where the Bush camp says it has the largest field operations, Bloomberg notes. One person thrown about Jeb’s financial jiggering: rival Ben Carson. “This is a little bit surprising, but … a lot of his money … was super-PAC money as opposed to campaign money,” Carson says in an interview set to air on Bloomberg TV Friday. “That doesn’t give you as much flexibility, quite frankly.”

But wait!  I thought he had $100’s of millions in the bank for his campaign…..what happened?  What happened to the statement “I am my own man?”

This is just crazy!  A Bush strapped for cash?  Go figure!

Maybe it his new attitude…….

Said Bush: “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want anything, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.”

He added: “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, be miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”

Sounds like a pouting 5 year old…..