Tag: foreign policy
There’s a Lesson in Ukraine for China
“Chinese leaders should be made to understand that this is a defining moment for their country and its relationship with the US… In short, the US should make clear that the strategic costs for China of its alignment with Russia will far outweigh any benefits.”
— Richard Haass
Bragging About Baghdadi
On Sunday President Trump briefed a grateful nation
About details of the al-Baghdadi assassination.
But per usual with Trump,
His address was an 8,000-word dump
Of lies, braggadocio and exaggeration.
Powell: U.S. Foreign Policy Is in ‘Shambles’
“The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself.”
— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on CNN, adding that the country’s foreign policy is “in shambles right now.”
En Lassus Rex
As Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson should be admired,
But he skipped dinner in South Korea because he was “tired.”
He says it’s just South Korean intrigue
And that he wasn’t even fatigued,
But if he’s lying about it, maybe he should just be fired.
Thank You, Germany!
Trump the Negotiator Violated the Cardinal Rule of Negotiating
Edward Alden: “… Trump showed he does not understand the first thing about trade negotiations. In announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, Mr. Trump has just unilaterally given away the biggest piece of leverage he had to deal with the biggest challenge in the world of trade, which is the increasingly troubling behavior by the world’s second largest economy, China. It is the first rule of any negotiation that you don’t give away something for nothing. Mr. Trump just did. And as foreign policy analyst Dan Drezner tweeted: ‘That sound you hear is the clinking of champagne glasses in Beijing.’”
Plurality of Americans Pessimistic About U.S.-China Relations Under Trump
Of Americans expect U.S.-China relations to deteriorate under the Trump administration, according to a YouGov poll from December. Just 19% expect them to improve, while 17% expect them to remain the same. The same poll asked if it was more important to punish China or maintain good relations, and 59% of respondents said maintaining good relations and only 13% wanted to punish China.
Wolfowitz: Trump Foreign Policy ‘Uncomfortable’
The only way you can be comfortable about Trump’s foreign policy, is to think he doesn’t really mean anything he says. That’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be in.
— Former Bush adviser Paul Wolfowitz, in an interview with Der Spiegel, while suggesting he might vote for Hillary Clinton.
It’s ‘Extreme’ Alright
Migrants are responsible for beheadings,
Rape, pillage, murder and blood-letting.
So to save our fair nation
From foul criminal immigration,
Donald Trump wants to implement “extreme vetting.”