Trump’s foreign policy is so … Trumpish

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(AP)

After trouncing his GOP competitors in five primaries this week and pronouncing himself the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump celebrated by giving a lengthy, prepared address on how he would conduct American foreign policy as our president and commander in chief.

Yes, my fellow Americans, it has come to that. And how did the speech go?

Let’s just say that Trump demonstrated his mastery over international relations just as convincingly as his discussion of “Two Corinthians” at Liberty University demonstrated his years of heartfelt study of the Holy Bible. What he laid out for his listeners Wednesday was less a vision than a nightmare, a chaotic, contradictory mess that left foreign-policy experts bewildered by what he claimed would be a “disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy”.

In one breath Trump talked about demanding that our allies contribute more to our mutual defense, and “if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” In the very next breath he complained that “our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us.”

“We’re getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world,” he said, offering no recognition of the contradiction in that sentence.

He talked about the necessity of living up to agreements. “Your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them. You’ve made that agreement, you have to stand by it.” Then he promised to break the nuclear treaty negotiated with our allies and Iran, and also promised to break multiple trade agreements.

If the speech had a theme, it was the same theme that runs through every Trump speech, regardless of topic.

“I’m the only one — believe me, I know them all, I’m the only one who knows how to fix it.”

It’s hard to learn something that you would prefer not to know. Your instinct is to reject it, ignore it, try to find some way to deny it. In this case, I would have preferred not to know that large swaths of the American people could be taken in by the likes of Trump. I liked the world better when I still thought that this kind of thing couldn’t happen here, not in this country, not in this day and age.

But apparently it can. Apparently a lot of Americans can be taken in by a cult of personality, by the idea that for every complex, multi-faceted problem there is an simple answer, and that answer is Trump. His lack of knowledge, his arrogant ignorance, to them, none of it matters.

Part of the explanation may be that different people have different concepts of the presidency. If what you seek in a president is someone who validates your resentments and voices your grievances, then yes, any number of people could fill that role. If that’s what you seek in a president, then Sarah Palin, one heartbeat from the presidency and a few cards short of a full deck, was absolutely a plausible vice president just as Trump is absolutely qualified to be president.

But if you think a president ought to be a serious person with experience in public affairs, someone fully informed on the challenges and able to weigh options judiciously, then this looks to be madness.

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KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Perhaps it was a Presidential candidate who uses the P-word at a rally. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Kyle's got a school-choice erection again, if such things interest you. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Visual_Cortex @td1234 I think its a bad hard-on pun with a misspelled "too".  Speaking of real choices and school education, constant typos should make you wonder where some posters went to school. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@KUTGF @Visual_Cortex @td1234

Oh, I got the elementary-school "joke," but why would someone need to be especially, I dunno, courageous, stalwart, whatever, to funnel money away from public schools and into whatever theocratic excrement-hole the usual suspects are digging?

That doesn't require courage, it just requires shamelessness.

Anyhow, td can go play in the pool with Penses if he really wants to argue about it over at Kyle's.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

"I certainly look forward to working with Sen. Sanders in the lead-up to the convention, in the lead-up to the platform that will represent the Democratic Party. It will be a progressive platform." -- Hillary Clinton

keep pushin Bernie

and if it ain't progressive, we will be coming from the left, just as hard as Trump-palooza is coming from the Right, or wherever the hell it's coming from

it's all good

KUTGF
KUTGF

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According to KTRK, five workers at the state's Human Services department told a federal court that they falsified records to claim that families applying for food assistance had more than $100 in assets

When the workers could not meet the seven-day deadline for processing emergency applications, they said that records were falsified to reject the requests.

"It makes the state's numbers appear artificially high, as if they were processing things according to law," New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty's Sovereign Hager told KTRK. "When in fact, they aren't.

"This is something we've never heard before, but according to workers, has been going on for quite some time," she noted.

The Human Services department said that an internal investigation was ongoing.
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More from our GOP run governments......

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@KUTGF

Hmm. I've heard Suzy Martinez is kind of a jerk, this kind of pettiness would not be unexpected if that's true.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Hedley

But he isnt neck and neck. He is way behind.

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I'm talking about national polls, not votes. 

Of course you're right about her having the votes - that was virtually a given from the outset considering her lock on the party establishment and her legacy name recognition, esp. among African Americans, in particular in the South. 

But to come back to my earlier point, the big question this ultimately hangs on is who really has the leverage, the Democratic Party that has given Sanders a platform for his run, which he wouldn't have had as an independent, or Sanders given his invaluable services to the party by generating considerable enthusiasm among a new generation of voters, something the weak establishment stiff Hillary Clinton could never do. 

Given the difficulty of answering that question definitively, I think it's entirely smart for Bernie Sanders to continue to push his case right up to the end.

Btw, I'm not a fervent Sanders supporter. I would like very much to see him upend the establishment of the Democratic Party and its corrupt representative Hillary Clinton, but I have my own reasons for that.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko I'm talking about national polls, not votes. 


Oh. So polls should be the deciding factor ? Or some sort of enthusiasm factor ?


Again sorry it doesnt work like that. For good reason.

gotalife
gotalife

Nothing going on today besides the usual ODS and CDS.


Yawn.

td1234
td1234

"Please, spare me this talk that Trump doesn't have the integrity to be president, after watching what happened at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Anybody want to tell me Ted Cruz poses a threat to the country if he's elected president, that he doesn't have the integrity? Can we spare all that? Because, folks, there isn't the slightest chance that anything other than Obama's gonna be an improvement."


Rush

Menace
Menace

@td1234  Means a lot coming from an addled minded drug addict.  And the humor of another mental midget posting it.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Go Dittohead GO..........  I am reminded of a book by someone who is now a senator from MN. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 

"Because, folks, there isn't the slightest chance that anything other than Obama's gonna be an improvement." 

So, Rush likes Obama!?!

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

Who is gonna pay for that destroyed police car in Orange County?

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@KUTGF @RaindroidWillBoy


Please. Folks here probably posted 2000 or more posts about individual Trumpets grabbing and swinging at protesters inside the rallies.  I guess it ok this time around..

KUTGF
KUTGF

@RaindroidWillBoy @KUTGF No.  If you recall many non-RWers have posted here that violence is never an answer to a peaceful protest and that violent protest is not acceptable.  We were told that it was to be expected that Trump supporters would be angry and some violent. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@RaindroidWillBoy Oh nooooeesss..   A destroyed police car?  Did it have a CVS logo?  Cause ya know, we heard about how destroying govt property was not really a big issue.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Not gonna happen in either party with Hillary (Troy Aikmen) and Donald ( Tony Romo).

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

He's got three times as many as Cruz.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko 

Under the circumstances, I would say that it is clearly Sanders who has the strong leg to stand on. The establishment favorite candidate, not so much.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar How so


Considering he has fewer votes ?


Hillary has over 3 million more votes of the 20+ million cast.


Im for Bernie but she isn't "stealing" anything. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko 

Various reasons, top among them his going from being a complete unknown to being neck and neck with frontrunner in a matter of just several months (more people learn of him, the higher his positives), overall weakness of Hillary Clinton as candidate, highest unfavorables next to Trump of any likely party nominee in memory, walking figure of the establishment at an intensely anti-establishment time, overall enthusiasm gap of the Democratic Party which he more than anything else has single-handedly turned around.

So you know, a few little things like that.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar Various reasons, top among them his going from being a complete unknown to being neck and neck with frontrunner


But he isnt neck and neck. He is way behind.


And you don't get bonus points for most improved or likeability.


Sorry that isnt how it works.


Your argument is just more of your cheerleading. and hoping.