Foreign Policy

How do you sum up Donald Trump’s G-20 meetings? Let’s just say that in one session Ivanka Trump took his place and it made no difference. It did, however, raise the question: Why her? Didn’t we have a Secretary of State, or some other qualified person, available? Substituting your kid when you need a break is something done in monarchies. And this close to the Fourth of July, is hereditary rule an image we want to celebrate?

Ivanka Trump “Bring your daughter to work today”.

And we can thank the Russians for the image of Ivanka hanging out with Theresa May and Vladimir Putin. You know they like stirring the pot.

Talking about stirring the pot, the Russians have done better than they could possibly have dared hope. Vladimir Putin announced that Trump is satisfied that they didn’t interfere in the election. Is he satisfied? We’ll have to assume so, as he hasn’t said anything to the contrary. In fact, his only comment on the meeting was that it was ‘tremendous’ – whatever that means.

Back in the US, he tweeted, “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..” Because of course if someone denies they did something – especially if the deny it vehemently – then they didn’t do it.

Reince Preibus went further. He said, “The President absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin.” I suppose we’ll just have to take his word for it. Although Trump does throw doubt on how absolute ‘absolutely’ is with another tweet saying, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..”

The idea that we should hold hands with an enemy has caused consternation – and engendered black humor – across the political spectrum. Epitomized by suggestions that we should form a partnership with ISIS to combat terrorism.

But while Russia is in the headlines – especially as Donald Trump Jr. admitted that he had met with a Russian lawyer, who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton – Trump Sr.’s general incompetence hurt America’s interests more severely.

Trump talks to all his friends.

Trump may fancy himself a ‘tough negotiator’, but he is a hero only in his own mind. His dismissive attitude to climate agreements and trade pacts has alienated allies – to the point that the world has moved on. And the G-20 is now the G-19.

The Chinese, Japanese, Germans, and French don’t do feckless. Russia has nukes and China is building a military. The West thought it needed America. But now that America has proved an inconstant friend – and as such too unreliable to be counted on.

On second thought perhaps we would be better off if Ivanka substituted for dad on a permanent basis.



Really? 4.18.17 Trump & Pence Stare at North Korea; Ivanka’s China Coincidence; Huckabee Hates Cable; Alex Jones, Joker.

April 18, 2017

America: One big happy family. On April 6th, Ivanka Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. The same day the Chinese authorities approved her trademarks in the world’s second-largest economy. Trump is making America great again – one kid at a time. Pence’s staring contest. Mike Pence is on a tour of Asia. […]

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Really? 6.7.15. Walker’s War Dreams; Internet Dicks; Cops Gone Wild; Election 2016, A Preview.

June 7, 2015

“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated” ― George Bernard Shaw. Like many chickenhawks, Scott Walker’s solution to the Middle East’s troubles may involve a reinvasion of the area. If it is that critical, will Walker’s two military age sons enlist? Or would Walker just throw other people’s children in harms way? I think […]

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Handicapping the GOP Field, Before We Even Know the Final Line Up.

May 3, 2015

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career” ― George Bernard Shaw. Some candidates are in. Some candidates have promised to be in. And some putative candidates will demur. Regardless let’s handicap the GOP field. (Note: I have broken the field down into various categories. Where the […]

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Obama’s Foreign Policy – Americans don’t die.

April 21, 2015

“Most Americans are close to total ignorance about the world. And it makes it much more difficult for any president to pursue an intelligent policy that does justice to the complexity of the world” ― Zbigniew Brzeziński The GOP’s 2016 corps of candidates is lambasting the President’s foreign policy. Wherever America intervened, they say we […]

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The Military/Industrial Complex and the Culture of Dependency.

March 30, 2015

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower. Tom Kennedy, Wes Bush, and Greg Hayes are names not familiar to most Americans, but those government […]

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ISIS Is Full of Sound and Fury, Only Given Significance By Paranoid US Politicians.

March 15, 2015

“New political systems and philosophies were imported into the Near East under the general term democracy and grafted artificially into a society which was feudal in nature and theocratic in spirit. The results were not happy…” ― Gerald De Gaury. The majority of Americans now support deploying troops against ISIS.Why? There is nothing that ISIS […]

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The Cassandras Are Wrong About ISIS Being On America’s Doorstep.

September 28, 2014

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” ― Kurt Vonnegut. ISIS’s stated aim is to establish a caliphate across Iraq, Syria, and Kurdistan. To subjugate the people. And to establish a culture steeped in a sadistic, absolutist form of Islam and Sharia law. Yet many […]

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In Politics and the Media Truth is the First Casualty.

September 21, 2014

“Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.” ― Winston Churchill We love bad news. It’s not that we want bad things to happen to us – it’s just that bad news is so much more interesting than so-so news or even good news. Consider two […]

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