Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trump Triumphant? Why his foreign policy is like a plate of spaghetti.

GOP's stages of grief: Now in acceptance mode. Trump appears inevitable and the GOPlins are lining up.

On Capitol Hill, support for Trump has also gotten markedly easier to find.

For example:

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a respected senior member of the Senate, previously endorsed Jeb Bush and then Sen. Marco Rubio and said he doesn’t intend to endorse Trump. But Hatch said of Trump, “It looks to me like he’s going to win, and if he does, I’m going to do everything in my power to help him.”

Trump's foreign policy is a mish-mash of contradictions. But the GOP will support him anyway.

After Donald Trump’s “major” foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker, announced that he was very impressed, extolling “the broadness, the vision” of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was “serious.” The National Interest’s Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the candidate was “more restrained.” Clearly we now consider it a wonder of sorts that Trump can spend 40 minutes in front of cameras during which he avoids vulgarity, refrains from bigotry and reads from a teleprompter.

The most striking aspect of the speech was its repeated contradictions. “We will spend what we need to rebuild our military,” he promised (though Washington already spends more than the next seven countries put together). But almost in the same breath, he talked about pinching pennies because of the crippling national debt. Trump is against humanitarian interventions, but implied that we should have intervened to help embattled Christians in the Middle East.

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