Monday, July 25, 2016

Trump’s Foreign Policy Rewards Our Enemies & Punishes Our Friends

Speaking of NYT's interviews with Trump ...
Reading Donald Trump’s foreign policy interview with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times did nothing to inspire my confidence in the Republican nominee. I am tempted to say that Trump’s knowledge of foreign policy is that of a fourth grader, but that would be insulting to your average fourth grader.
Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, rewards our enemies and punishes our friends. It is one thing to want our NATO allies to pay a greater share of dues to the organization, but that’s the sort of thing that is done behind the scenes. You know diplomacy. Telling our NATO allies, “Congratulations, you will be defending yourself,” is music to Vladimir Putin’s ears. For that matter when Trump asks, “What are we getting out of this?” where it concerns protecting Japan from North Korean missiles is also music to the ears of not only North Korea, but of China which has its own centuries long rivalry with Japan. Such talk would petrify both Japan and South Korea alike.
Trump takes Hillary Clinton to task for being unprepared to walk away from the negotiating table. That is a perfectly legitimate criticism where it concerns the Iran nuclear deal, but for Trump to take that position with Japan, Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia (notwithstanding their dubious ways they align against Iran) tells me he cannot discern friend from foe. The Obama Administration has spent 7½ years treating our allies with contempt and our enemies with kid gloves. Trump would adopt Obama’s policy and put it on steroids.
Read the rest of this American Spectator op-ed HERE and follow a link below to John Bolton's take on Trump's view:

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton 'disturbed' by Trump's NATO comments

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