by William Teach | March 6, 2016 8:18 am
Once again, I’ll explain that my support Donald Trump is exceedingly low. If he ends up being the GOP candidate I will hold my nose wear a gas mask and vote for him, because it is better to have someone who at least says he’s a Republican, and work to keep the Senate and House. You won’t see any posts showing deep support for him. Sometimes, politics is simply about bad choices and worse choices, but you have to look at the big picture. Regardless, it is amusing how some are having utter meltdowns over Trump, ones that seem a bit beyond the normal over a GOP candidate. Here’s the NY Times’ Nicholas Kristoff
Donald the Dangerous
IS there any scarier nightmare than President Donald J. Trump in a tense international crisis, indignant and impatient, with his sweaty finger on the nuclear trigger?
Well, yes. Hillary even said it in 2008, it is Barack H. Obama having to answer a 2am call, something he has failed at numerous times. On the bright side, Obama tends to surrender. Then hit the golf course.
“Trump is a danger to our national security,” John B. Bellinger III, legal adviser to the State Department under President George W. Bush, bluntly warned.
Really? Did Trump employee a person who used a home brew, unsecure server in contradiction to regulations and laws, which exposed national security information, everything from privileged communications to the highest levels of communication? Did Trump call ISIS the “JV team”? Did Trump sign a deal with Iran, which essentially kicks the can for Iran’s nuclear ambitions down the road while enriching Iran’s government coffers?
Most of the discussion about Trump focuses on domestic policy. But checks and balances mean that there are limits to what a president can achieve domestically, while the Constitution gives a commander in chief a much freer hand abroad.
That’s what horrifies America-watchers overseas. Der Spiegel, the German magazine, has called Trump the most dangerous man in the world. Even the leader of a Swedish nationalist party that started as a neo-Nazi white supremacist group has disavowed Trump. J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, reflected the views of many Britons when she tweeted that Trump is worse than Voldemort.
Oh, thank God, I don’t know what we would have done without the opinion of kid’s books writer. Of course, this is not to say Trump isn’t a fool on international policy
Asked about Syria, Trump said last year that he would unleash ISIS to destroy Syria’s government. That is insane: ISIS is already murdering or enslaving Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities; executing gays; destroying antiquities; oppressing women. And Trump wants ISIS to capture Damascus? (snip)
Trump has also called for more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, and raised the prospect of bombing North Korean nuclear sites. A poorly informed, impatient and pugnacious leader can cause devastation, and that’s true of either Kim Jong-un or Donald Trump.
Yeah, that’s level 10 stupidity. Fortunately, there are typically people who are continuously in government, such as those who sit on the Joint Chiefs, who can say “yeah, um, President Trump, that’s pretty darned crazy.” Not in those words, of course.
The third risk is to America’s reputation and soft power. Both Bush and President Obama worked hard to reassure the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims that the U.S. is not at war with Islam. Trump has pretty much declared war on all Muslims.
Um, no. He’s took a position against all those who have radical leanings, and has stated that those who hold positions compatible with American values should not be here. And he’s 100% correct.
There’s something heartbreaking about the prospect that America’s next commander in chief may be a global joke, a man regarded in most foreign capitals as a buffoon, and a dangerous one.
Well, we’ve spent over 7 years with a guy who is a joke on the international stage, at least by foreign leaders.
It all seems a bit beyond the normal election season freakout, possibly because the Establishment is horrified that someone might get the nomination per the voters that they cannot control, that is not part of their little clique.
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