Trump and Foreign Policy

Is this really the best we could do in our electoral quest for change?

It is not domestic but rather foreign policy, which has consumed the days and nights of most American presidents. Since World War II, our leader has been the watchman on freedom’s wall and although most of those presidents were brilliant, experienced and surrounded by well-seasoned advisors, they discovered, each in turn, the great difficulty of guiding our international affairs.

As we learned during the past year, President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy experience is limited to the building of hotels and golf courses in far away places. He seems particularly unsuited to the critical tasks of guiding America through the intricacies of nation-to-nation negotiations. The “Art of the Deal” is a book, not a foreign policy doctrine. Watching Trump’s bizarre bromance with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, it looks eerily as though Putin is playing chess while Trump is still trying to learn checkers. Putin is in a waiting mood, luring our guy to the bait. Is this really the best we could do in our electoral quest for change?

America’s premier place in the world has been determined not only by the glitter of our wealth but also the splendor of our ideals, which have often been reflected in our presidents, be it FDR, Eisenhower, or JFK. Measured against them, Donald Trump appears to be just what he is: crude, argumentative, and inattentive. He is an insecure personality whose intellectual limitations require him to communicate with us through Twitter. Inexperienced, unlearned, and uninterested in the ways and means of government, Trump is ignorant about the subtitles of foreign policy and his seemingly petty personality disorders make him a potential danger in this world where several psychotic leaders have their thumbs on the button.

This Jan. 20 Trump will become not only Commander in Chief of the world’s most potent military force but also the final arbiter of America’s international strategies. Please, in this New Year bless us one and all. Amen.

Pat Williams, former U.S. Congressman
Missoula

  • Anyone who uses the phrase “bizarre bromance” clearly has been ingesting their talking points by watching CNN, NBC, SNL, etc.

    Since Pat’s primarily qualification for POTUS should be “foreign policy experience” (Hello, Obama?), then Trump is doing a remarkably good job at playing chess–not checkers–with the Cold War Shark Putin by not burning bridges with him or offending him or running his campaign–as Hillary did–on promising World War III with Russia.

    • Rhett the Butler

      She promised WWIII with Russia? Must have missed that quote.

      • You missed a lot.

        • Rhett the Butler

          Then surely you can show me an exact quote, with a link to a credible source, of her saying that, right?

  • Snowbird

    I wish the idiot would get off twitter

  • Brother Mateo

    He’s not even in Office yet, and he’s better then Obama. But then, that’s not saying much.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Enjoy your SocSec and Medicare while you can.

  • Carla Augustad

    Sorry Pat, but I blame the Democrats for almost everything that Trump may do. Because, well, Hillary. Apparently Democrats like yourself are completely in agreement with voter disenfranchisement as long as it keeps the weapons industry flush and the working poor out in the cold.

    What we have now is Soy vs, Spy on steroids. Trump won the presidency and the Clintonistas are still trying to funnel our resources into her donors pockets. What do you get for your efforts to make sure that liberals fixate on Trump rather than move ahead and build something we can be satisfied with?

    It seems that you expect the Democratic Party to be forever under your thumb. The DNC (and Jon Tester?) spent a ton of money to make sure that Democracy would not prevail in the Democratic Party during the last electoral cycle. Liberal minded Montanan’s need to get us some serious soul searching to discover why we keep letting people like you sabotage our work to build a future we want to go forward with.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Did Jill Stein enjoy the dinner in Russia where she sat at the same table as Gen. Mike Flynn and Putin? She’s your girl, she must have shared her experience.

      • Carla Augustad

        How does that attitude benefit you?

        • Rhett the Butler

          Jill Stein is a benefit to my sense of humor. She and her supporters are jokes.

    • 1stNameLast

      “… I blame the Democrats for almost everything that Trump may do.”

      Already blaming trump and trump policies on the Democrats…Classic.

  • geraldcuvillier

    Pat, your description of Trump describes Obama and Clinton.

  • Westwinds

    So says the biggest do-nothing the state of Montana ever had in congress.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Nah, that was Rehberg. Beyond naming a post office and some other building all he did was take up space.

  • disqus_123ragnorok

    We live in a tough world…Obama’s ” red line ” bluffs are a standing joke. America has run a naive foreign policy campaign for too long.
    Whatever Trump’s shortcomings are, they do not include timiditiy, or lack of backbone.
    Either way, he is now going to be our president, stop whining, and watch him go.

    • tumbleweed

      hahahaha. On Trump’s shortcomings you forgot intelligence and common sense.

  • Snowbird

    He ignores the fact that Imam Obama had absolutely no experience to become president. A couple of years as a senator with no accomplishments, a few years as an Illinois assemblyman who mostly voted present, again with no accomplishments.
    No foreign policy, military or busniness experience.
    Oh yeah, he is black and so got the black vote, hes charismatic, so he fooled a lot of white people.
    Then he proceeded to destroy the country that we knew and has lessened our stature in the world, doubled the national debt, 13 million more on food stamps, 8 million more in poverty, least home ownership in 50 years, real unemployment at almost 10% (U6 number not ghe fake U3 number). Worst recovery in modern times, gay marraige, tranny bathrooms, wide open borders, imperial executive actions, scandal after scandal, very weak military, no cybersecurity even though they have known about foreign hackers his entire presidency, and only now has it become an issue.

    Yeah, I’ll take Trump anyday over this disaster. id take the Quizno sock pocket over this idiot.
    The End of an Error is Jan 20

    • 1stNameLast

      “…doubled the national debt, 13 million more on food stamps, 8 million more in poverty, least home ownership in 50 years, real unemployment at almost 10% (U6 number not ghe (sic) fake U3 number). Worst recovery in modern times”

      Funny how Obama’s taking over a collapsing Global economy – literally on “day one” – and the increased needs to the American people that that collapse entailed seems to have no bearing on your thinking, at all.

      Happily, history will look at commonly recognized data on Obama’s economic accomplishments during his 8 year run, and not the irrelevant partisan drivel of a Hannity or O’Reilly, in making it’s determination.

      History’s conclusion will be very favorable to the Obama administration.

      • Snowbird

        All of those are facts, verifiable facts. He will go down in history as the worst modern day present, making jimmy carter very happy, since now hes only 2nd

        • reggiewhitefish

          You must have forgotten our appointed pResident, Bush the dumber?

          • Snowbird

            Nah, hes 3rd worst

        • Dave23

          Gorge W Bush takes 1st by a long ways. He took our U6 numbers from 7 to 9 under some of the best economic times we have had in sometime. He oversaw the the biggest conditional infringement of our rights by pushing for and sighing into law the Patriot act. He started a war on false information for the enrichment of oil companys and defence contractors. He started 2 wars that have contributed heavily to the deficit, not including the cost to the VA, benefits for veterans, and social economical repercussions.

          As far as the recovery is concerned what would you have done differently?

          Cyber security is a big problem, one that is going to take a lot of money to fix. Most the government is still working on servers that where manufactured in the 80s and 90s you can only do so much with out Congress appropriations. The one and only way to remedy the problem is to scrap everything and start over with one system not the thousands of different systems and software that we currently use. This should be the number one infrastructure projects but it doesn’t employ many blue collar workers so it won’t happen.

          • Snowbird

            Yep, U6 went up under him too, aftwer the biggest terror attack in our history and the housing crisis caused by Bill Clinton and Barnie Frank. i didnt like Bush either by the way. you make good points, plenty of blame to go around.
            Obama has placed many restrictions on companies thru executive fhiat that have hindered growth, and equently we have the slowest recovery since ww2.
            Trump will at least be able to nullify 75% of Obamas actions by cancelling his executive actions which have hurt us.
            Also repatriation of trillions of dollars at a lower tax rate as a carrot to bring ot back wiwll bring in billions in taxes to hopedully ( if the bastards use ot wisely) stimulate growth and blue collar jobs

      • Snowbird

        What you classify as irrelevant partisan drivel is verifiable fact and he will be viewed as a failed president

    • Rhett the Butler

      Typical Gooper fact-free talking points, blame Democrats when it was Gooper policies that tanked the economy and left a mess for Obama to try to clean up with Goopers h3llbent on sabotaging everything he tried to do to repair the damages.

      • Snowbird

        BS! Housing crisis caused by Bill Clinton forcing banks to give loans to people who did not qualify, and Barnie Franks protecting Freddie Mac since his homosexual buttboy was in charge of it. The housing collapsed caused the domino effect, and that was entirely dumbocrats doing it. GWB warned what was coming many times but the dumbocrats kept it up, then tried to blame him.
        BTW, see the news today that the worst off cities financially are all run by dumbocrats, New York and Chicago leading the list?

        • Rhett the Butler

          You seem….triggered.

          • Snowbird

            Not at all, just setting the record straight from your automatic demonization of conservatives, and brainless automaton factless defense of dumbocratds. You do not get to rewrite history. Facts are an inconvenient truth for shills such as you

          • Rhett the Butler

            Right, because right now you are not in any way engaging in automatic demonization.

          • Snowbird

            Typical liberal. Give them facts to point out the bankruptcy of their policies, failures of their elected officials, and moral inferiority of their positions, and theycall it demonization. Similar to killing the messenger when the message is not liked.
            Liberals are very intellectually dishonest, and you just proved it

          • Rhett the Butler

            Do even read your precious comments so you can stay on track before you reply?

          • Snowbird

            Having trouble following complicated intellectual points I see, sad

          • Rhett the Butler

            When do you plan on making any?

          • Snowbird

            Clean the wax from your ears

          • Rhett the Butler

            I read with my eyes. Maybe you should try that for a change.

          • Snowbird

            that doesnt nrcessarily cause you to understand.
            Try listening as well

        • Dave23

          The Republicans past the repeal of Glass Steagall witch Bill signed into law, both parties are to blame. Banks would have never given those loans in the first place if they couldn’t sell them off as sicurites. Say what you want about Freddie and Fannie all the banks where taking advantage of the same thing mortgage backed sicurites. Obamas biggest failure was not making sure that the executives of those companies went to jail for what they did in the name of big bonuses and greed. We payed for it and the big wigs for even bigger bonuses.

          • Snowbird

            Yep, the repubs cetainly screwed up passing it, however it was Bill who forced the banks to lend to people who didnt qualify.
            You are right about the banks too. i agree a lot of people should have fone to jail

          • Dave23

            The problem was that people originally could afford their mortgage, but the banks sold them on variable interest rates rather than fixed. The Fed upped interest rates making many loans unaffordable. The younger people wanting to move up economical purchased a house instead of renting, a good move to building wealth, but many didn’t know what they where doing with regards to interest rates. I had friends who’s mortgage went from 1500 to 2200, they had good jobs and where able to hold on til they could refinance, a lot of people couldn’t cope with substantial increase. I was lucky my father advised me to never take out a veritable loan and it save me and my family our home. Unfortunately few people in this day and age have that sort of guidance, they listen to the realtors and the bankers and got burned. Should everyone own a house? No, should everyone aspire to own a house, absolutely.

          • Snowbird

            I agree with you. Banks however were forced to give loans to people who could not normally qualify. That was unethical and harmful and led to ghe housing collapse.
            Government had a mjor role in forcing those banks to do so, and should also have been held accountable. barney Frank was intimately responsible

          • Dave23

            When the loans where give people qualified for the amount they initially where paying had the banks offered only fixed rate mortgage for lower income more than normal would have defaulted. Instead people had their mortgage go up by 40 to 60 percent due to the Fed taking base interest rate from 2.5 to 5.25 in less than a year. Why did the banks do this, it was not forced on them they could have given them a fixed rate. What happened was greed, everyone in the financial world was aware that interest rates where going to go up and they pushed variable rate loans to make more money and more bonuses. Blame the politicians all you want for letting it happen but when it comes down to it greedy bankers where to blame.

          • Snowbird

            All of them are corrupt and many should have gone to jail. i agree.
            However Bubba did force banks to give unquLified loans, and Barnie defended and protexted Freddie Mac.
            They should have been in jail too

      • Snowbird

        Yeah repubs like Barnie Frank and Bill Clinton who are responsible for the housing crisis did it all. If those stupid repubs hadnt forced banks to give loans to people who could not qualify and then defaulted, we would never hakve had this mess. Damn those goopera, clinton and frank

        • Rhett the Butler

          See: Steve Mnuchin + One West Bank

          There are 5 or 6 Goldman Sachs people at the top of T Rump’s economic policy team. Remember how he used to trash GS? The banker pillaging of America is just beginning.

          • Snowbird

            I hope you prove to be wrong on this, but I have the same fears. ip dont like Trump much either, and I am not happy with his exonomic team.
            Time will tell

  • Rhett the Butler

    This should be fun to watch as it plays out.
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    “A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

    The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes
    specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.

    Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.bddW774e#.uqwL66vD

  • Brother Mateo

    The “progress” of this wanna-be king in any “policies” hasn’t been any sort to be proud of. As for “news” coverage, that’s downright laughable. It’s going to be a bumpy road with the democrat’s brigade of socialists puppets.

  • Caddisfly

    Well at least now we know that if drumpf gets into a pissing match with another country that he has some experience in the area.

  • Fast

    99.99% merely trusting their own stuff between their ear’s 👂🏻put there by
    🤑 social environment 😡 news/opinion media = many times not fact based 🎉🎊 ie personal prejudices 💯 THE GREAT DISTRACTION ✨⚡️💥🔥 WHILE CORPORATION ARE STEALING YOUR KID’s FUTURE 🕳
    Banking Safety Net Makes Wall Street Dangerous
    https://www.fdic.gov/news/letters/safetynet.html

    But don’t worry about us we will be around just like last time ( 2010-2012 ) to buy as much of the distressed assets as we can only to resell most of them in (2013-2016 ) “O” what happened to Mountain West Bank and West One Bank and their assets??? dam profiteering 🇺🇸💰💴💶

  • Rhett the Butler