Speaking to The New York Times, Donald Trump showed that when it comes to foreign policy, he is as leftist as Barack Obama and as insanely isolationist as an ostrich with its head in the sand.
Here’s a list of the ways in which Trump showed that he lives in a 19th century world where America is safe from the world because of the oceans on either side of it, as he aims to abandon traditional American allies, destroy NATO, invite Russia to reduce Europe to a group of vassal states, and endorse Islamist dictators.
- Abandoning allies: Trump reiterated that he would force allies to cover their own defense costs, saying, “I would prefer to be able to continue” existing agreements, but only if those countries would pick up the tab. He blustered, “We are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion. That doesn’t sound very smart to me.”
- NATO: He would not automatically extend the security guarantees that reassure the 28 members of NATO that the United States would come to their defense.
- Russia: For the small Baltic States that are new members of NATO, Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would only help them if they had “fulfilled their obligations to us.”
- North Korea and China: Trump said he would pull American troops from abroad, snapping, “If we decide we have to defend the United States, we can always deploy” from American soil, “and it will be a lot less expensive.” As the Times points out, “Many military experts dispute that view, saying the best place to keep missile defenses against North Korea is in Japan and the Korean Peninsula.”
- Islamist dictators: Asked about the current situation in Turkey, where Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repressive regime is in the process of purging opposition to him following a coup which he may have started himself, Trump praised Erdogan, saying, “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around. Some people say that it was staged, you know that. I don’t think so.”
Trump is a total lightweight; asked how he would solve the problem of getting Erdogan to join the Kurds, America’s allies, in fighting ISIS together, despite the fact that Turkey has attacked the Kurds, Trump said loftily, “Meetings.”
Trump sounded like a member of Code Pink, or Barack Obama apologizing to the world for America, as he condescended that the United States has to “fix our own mess” before becoming involved with other nations. He continued, “I don’t think we have a right to lecture. Look at what is happening in our country. How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?” When asked whether he would urge Erdogan to observe the law, Trump huffed, “When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don’t think we are a very good messenger.”
He would not automatically extend the security guarantees that reassure the 28 members of NATO that the United States would come to their defense.
Then the narcissistic Trump truly channeled the narcissistic Obama: asked what impression he wanted viewers to get from the GOP convention, he gushed, “The fact that I’m very well liked.”
Trump summed up, “We are going to take care of this country first before we worry about everyone else in the world.”
Considering the fact that oceans no longer protect America from its enemies, someone might want to tell the villagers where they lost their idiot.