Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Colin Dueck on Donald Trump's Ignorance of Foreign Policy

Colin Dueck
School of Policy, Government,
International Affairs
George Mason University

Colin Dueck, writing for the National Review in an article titled "A Nuclear-Armed Trump?" (March 7, 2016), argues that Donald Trump cannot be trusted with American foreign policy:
Trump can't defend or affirm an American-led order, because he doesn't even understand it, much less support it. Nor does he make any clear distinction between America's allies and our adversaries. Instead, he seems by instinct to nurse a kind of undifferentiated resentment toward all foreigners, with the possible exception of a few dictatorial strongmen, such as Putin, who earn his respect. Trump calls for protectionist trade policies that would impoverish the United States as well as our partners. He calls for Japan and other allies to contribute to their own defenses, without realizing that they already do. His insistence that Mexico will pay for a U.S. border wall is absurd; it will not. He calls for bombing ISIS but otherwise offers no serious strategy. His proposal for a ("temporary") ban on all Muslims into the United States would of course make counterterrorism much harder, because the U.S. can defeat jihadist terrorists only by cooperating with those Muslims who oppose [jihadist terrorists].
Dueck spells out what I've been mulling over for several weeks. Some of my friends advise me that in a face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the latter must be opposed. I have to acknowledge that Hillary has dropped in 'likability' - from my perspective - since her time with Bill in Arkansas. At the time (latter seventies, early eighties), I respected the Clintons for their efforts to improve Arkansas's educational system. Since that time, they've tarnished and stained themselves.

I've made no decision yet . . . but I won't tell you whom I've voted for when I have voted.



At 5:49 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Yeah, Trump is a gamble--and which of the candidates isn't?--but the mounting reaction against him is not because he lacks a coherent and workable foreign policy: the reaction is because his foreign policy is not their foreign policy; that is, he is planning to lay new tracks around what they consider to be their railroad yard, and maybe the gravy train will pass them by in future.

(The above is not a statement of my true beliefs, but rather a long one-line poem that affects an aphoristic character.)

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Most of my true beliefs turned out false. They are now my false beliefs.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cph here--I now non-comically propose that Donald really and truly needs to get way more sleep. Recent bit on NPR interviewing a sleep-researcher neurologist convinced me. He's like a 60's AM radio DJ doing a marathon, and that ain't good.

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Now that you mention it, The Donald does look sleepy . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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