Can Trump be Beaten on Foreign Policy?

New Orleans     Various polls indicate that the American people are increasingly open to impeachment proceedings on President Trump, but his hardcore Republican base continues to hold firm, seemingly against all odds.  Increasingly, I have to wonder giving the Teflon nature of his support, whether his Achilles heel is his hip-shooting, disastrous foreign policy.  I don’t mean just his efforts to involve foreign countries in domestic politics for his own ends, like Russia or Ukraine.  His base seems to believe in the old saying that “anything goes in love and war,” and they see politics as war.  Fair enough, but can his base continue to hold as strong if they are forced to understand that Trump is not strong, but weak, and caves into one country after another led by autocratic and ruthless men who are stronger.  Can Trump’s base be eroded on a line of attack that says he is not a deal-maker, but someone who allows every other country to eat his lunch?  Why can’t we beat Trump by arguing his real slogan is not “make America great again,” but “make America weak?”

The litany of cave-ins seems endless.

North Korea wants South Korea to end military exercises, Trump talks to the dictator, and caves in exchange for nothing.

Turkey wants to muscle up in Syria and advance its age-old conflict with our allies in Syria and the fight against ISIS, and Trump pulls us out without so much as a howdy-do to the Kurds unleashing a disaster on multiple grounds.

Israel’s weakening strongman wants to come to the White House to get some buzz for his recent re-election effort, which he loses, and announce a muscling in on the West Bank, and Trump nods him forward without any agreement for peace in the Middle East.

Hungary’s autocratic leader visits the White House and dishes dirt on Ukraine, and Trump takes his side and continues America’s support for Orban even as he loses municipal elections across the country.

China’s leadership is the subject of one tirade after another on trade and other issues, but when it comes to the bottom line, Trump steps back once again as his bluff is called.

Russia has Trump on speed-dial, and he excuses all of Putin’s behavior and appeases their every request.

The Saudi’s seem to be able to kill at will, and Trump remains a fan.

I could go on, but the point is clear.  Trump’s Christmas card list is one filled with dictators and wannabe dictators, while his attacks are constant on any moderate to liberal leaders and countries in the rest of the world.  Ironically, many of his best friends are losing badly when their own citizens are actually allowed to vote on their policies these days and demonstrations by their people are often ongoing.

As America becomes increasingly a global laughing stock, and Trump’s bizarre decision-making process makes the US weaker and weaker, how long will the red-blooded Trump base be willing to look the other way?  Forever, if there is no concerted attack, but I would bet moving on this front more aggressively and strategically could be a winning tactic in ending his reign of terror.

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Israel Might be the Last Country Trump Can Bully, Kinda

Gulf Shores     Hello, America!  Read the papers and take notes.  This is what it looks like when we go from being the worlds’ greatest superpower to just another weakling in the school yard.  Like the comedian used to say, “We get no respect.”

At the last minute we demand for some unknown reason that an Iranian tanker being held by the British in Gibraltar for months be turned over to us, and what does our closest ally, Britain do?  Turn it back over to Iran, that’s what.  Who cares what the US says about Iran and our little go-it-alone sanctions?  Nobody much.

Trump on some kind of ego-drug trip meets with the President of Pakistan.  Says, hey, youse, how about I mediate the dispute in Kashmir between y’all and India?  This is something I’m good at.  Just look at the progress I’ve made in the Middle East.  India’s Modi, another authoritarian my-way-or-the-highway guy, within two weeks moves troops into Kashmir, cuts off the internet, ends statehood, and holds the largely Muslim population in their part of the disputed territory claimed by India, virtual prisoners.  What’s America going to do about that?  These are two nuked up world powers.  What do they care about Trump bloviating some more?  If he were to bother that is.

North Korea?  Boy, we’ve done a great job there bringing world peace.  How many missiles did they test today?

Don’t even start me on Russia.  I’ve been there.  Moscow and St. Petersburg are great cities.  The people were wonderful.  The government?  That’s another story.  They’re trying to develop a nuclear-powered long-range missile that isn’t part of any disarmament treaty, but, hey, we’ve torn all of those up anyway.  Lost five of their scientists in a test the other day. What do we care?  Our scientists tried and failed to do this twenty years ago.  What makes the Russians think they can solve this puzzle?  What were they, the first in space or something?  And, besides, Putin and Trump are back-slapping buddies.  They sure wouldn’t interfere in the elections of the most powerful country in the world, would they?

Trump told Turkey, don’t buy any jets from anybody but me.  Turkey flipped us off and now is threatening to go after our Kurd allies at their border.

China is giving us the red ass.  Trump’s trade war is his own personal Vietnam that he doesn’t know how to pull out of, even as it threatens our economy and the world’s.  Meanwhile he has to bailout farmers for billions and pulls back on his latest threats until after Christmas tacitly acknowledging his trade mess hurts US consumers.

Syria?  Afghanistan?  Iraq?  Let’s just not talk about it, ok?

We’ve become so weak and ill-regarded that we can only bully very small countries.

On second thought, that’s not exactly true either, since you just mentioned Venezuela, didn’t you?

Looks like the only country Trump can bully is Israel.  He tweets that he wants to bar two of the squad.  Republicans, Democrats, and Israeli groups in that country and the United States go crazy about how stupid it was for him to carry his personal, political vendetta to another country, and how even more moronic it was for Israel’s Prime Minister to buckle his knees to the bully.  The next day, Israel relents so that Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from Michigan can visit her 90-year old grandmother and relatives living on the West Bank.

Wait until we see how itty-bitty Denmark slams the door on Trump’s hand when he brings up wanting to buy Greenland, for goodness sakes.

This is what it has all come to in less than three years.  Sadly, we all know, it can get even worse.

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Thanks to KABF.

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