Donald Trump reveals his foreign policy strategy: Unpredictability
Maybe some war with China.
With all due respect to Godwin’s Law, with every day that passes, it becomes harder and harder not to invoke the spectres of the past. Especially when those who would be president suggest world war in order to change the balance of trade and to influence the global economy in our nation’s favor.
Yesterday, in an interview with New York Times reporter David Sanger, Donald Trump was asked if he would rule out war with China.
“I would use trade to negotiate. Would I go to war? Look, let me just tell you. There’s a question I wouldn’t want to answer. Because I don’t want to say I won’t or I will or — do you understand that, David?That’s the problem with our country. A politician would say, ‘Oh I would never go to war,’ or they’d say, ‘Oh I would go to war.’ I don’t want to say what I’d do because, again, we need unpredictability.”
Unpredictability. Because apparently in Donald Trump’s mind you just keep ’em guessing, sure, maybe we’ll just bomb you, maybe we won’t. You never know. As if threats of war were the acceptable foreign policy statements of a civilized nation and not the megalomania of tyrants.
History is replete with murderous dictators who believed in threats of military force as foreign policy and you don’t have to go very far to find examples.
Unpredictability, is THAT what you want in a business partner? Hey, maybe we’ll get rich or maybe I’ll just have you killed and your body mixed with the concrete under a casino. Sure, it’ll be like doing business back home in New York. With the Mafia.
Unpredictability, is that what you want in the Oval Office? Boy, nothing better for the stock market than unpredictability in government, right? Nothing better for the economy, trade, social stability, society, the morale of the military, than a president who might or might not just start a world war in order to get a better deal.
Unpredictability, is that what you want in foreign relations? Go rogue. Like North Korea. No wonder Sarah Palin loves this guy. You betcha.
“You know, if I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’ve said I would or I wouldn’t [start a war with China]. I don’t want them to know what I’m thinking. The problem we have is that maybe because it’s a democracy and maybe because we have to be so open — maybe because you have to say what you have to say in order to get elected — who knows? But I wouldn’t want to say. I wouldn’t want them to know what my real thinking is.”
It’s not just China, Donald Trump doesn’t want the people who vote for him to know what he’s thinking.
Also, he’s not real enthusiastic about the “openness” of democracy, he sees that as a “problem.” But hey, you say what you gotta say to get elected, you know? Then you can do what you want.
What you have here, is a guy who thinks threatening world war in order to get a “deal” is an acceptable basis for foreign policy.
Stop for a moment and think about that.
Think about it compared to the examples of history. You don’t have to go back far, WWII will do. Hell, Iraq’s history under Saddam will do.
Here’s the bottom line: In a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people, the people are the weak link. In a republic such as ours, the only power you have as a citizen is at the bottom — that’s where it all starts, by design. Certainly it would be great if you could vote for a candidate you loved and admired and believed in. But most of the time you’re just not going to get that luxury. It’s your duty as a citizen to vote, and to vote for the best interests of the republic, even if you must vote against insanity, even if you must vote for a candidate you dislike, even if it galls you to do so.
If you don’t vote, you’ve voted.
And the results of that apathy are perfectly predictable.
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