Donald Trump is scheduled to give a “major foreign policy” speech today. I am not holding my breath for anything of any consequence. For one thing, no one knows who is writing his speech for him. It certainly isn’t any of the many Republicans Foreign Policy “experts” who say he isn’t qualified to be President.
Maybe it is Paul Manafort himself writing it for him. Manafort seems to be the one person in his campaign team that knows something about foreign policy. Specifically, he know exactly how to get Russian Supported candidate to win an election in the Ukraine. Too bad he didn’t last too long before being ousted by a popular uprising.
But that didn’t stop Manafort. He hung around to help the party that Yanukovych belonged to “gather themselves” and get ready for the next election. Now there are reports coming out of Ukraine that says Manafort was on a “dirty cash slush fund” list that supposedly gave him $12.7 million dollars.
I don’t know if that is true or not. Manafort says he never received the money. But the fact that he has such close ties with Russia, including Russian oligarchs with strong ties to Putin, makes me wonder just where his loyalties actually lie.
As usual, Trump’s team let out a few snippets just to get everyone aroused for the upcoming speech. They claim that under Trump the “nation building” will stop. That is something that the current President has tried to end, but keeps facing criticism from Republicans because they claim that policy is “leading from behind”.
They also keep harping on the idea that he will wipe out ISIS. That is a noble goal which is what the current President has been trying to do. But, I do have a question for Trump. If you are not going to be doing any nation building, how are you going to wipe out ISIS without wiping out nations like Syria? Or, are you planning to give the current regime in Syria enough support to “win” the civil war there?
I ask that question because ISIS is trying to build a nation out of parts of Syria and parts of Iraq. That seems to conflict with your idea of no more nation building. Because in order to build a nation, you must first tear down a nation. Or, are you planning to let Putin do the dirty work for you? After all, he seems to admire you and you seem to admire him. Plus, Manafort must have some kind of connection with him.
However the most troubling idea that he apparently will unveil is a suspension of all visas and then to institute an “ideological” test for anyone trying to immigrate to this country. Included in his “test” are questions about whether or not the immigrant agrees with religious freedom, gay rights, and gender equality.
At first glance you may ask what is wrong with that? Those are all things that Americans agree on. Well, no, all Americans do not agree on these items. Just ask Ted Cruz what he thinks about same-sex marriage. Additionally, once this “test” is implemented what stops other items to be put on the list of “ideological” questions that immigrants must agree with before entering the country? Like their willingness to swear an oath to Donald Trump.
This speech is going to be interesting at the least. I say that because you never know what is going to come out of this campaign. His people are just as stupid as Trump. They are now trying to claim that we never entered Afghanistan until 2009 when “President Obama invaded it.”
That revised history lesson came from Trump’s spokesperson Katrina Pierson. I guess during 2001 and 2009 Pierson was on vacation somewhere there wasn’t any news or phones, like the planet Mars.
Then there is the notion that Trump doesn’t seem to see any problem with “trying” U.S. citizens accused of terrorism by military tribunal at GITMO. The little fact that is illegal doesn’t seem to bother the Donald. Constitution be damned, he will do whatever he wants.
Donald Trump told us many times that he listens to himself most of the time because “I have a good brain”. That can easily be called into question with the selection of his “advisors” and campaign staff.
For example, all of his infamous “economic advisors” have one thing in common. They are all major donors to Donald Trump. And, his campaign manager worked for a person most “old Republicans” would have called a “commie” by helping the Russian supported Yanukovych to become President of the Ukraine.
When you add all of this together, you could be forgiven for believing that is why Trump refuses to release his tax returns. Too many ghosts in his background. In any case, today’s speech on foreign policy will probably just be more of the same nonsense that Trump has spewed for a year now.
The only question will be when the real “experts” begin to tear apart his “policy” how long before he goes “off script” and attack those experts in the usual Trump phobia. I am guessing that it will be tomorrow when Delusional Donald loses it again.