Tuesday, June 13, 2017


 American foreign policy changes every time Trump tweets of gives a speech.  How do you negotiate with a national leader who is part chameleon, part eel and part confused teenager.  Europe cannot trust him.

 The Western alliance against Trump's buddy Putin is in danger.  I wouldn't want to live in Eastern Europe while Trump in Prez.  People in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia better need to start preparing for guerilla warfare if the on-again off-again bromance between Trump and Putin doesn't end once and for all.

“Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech

"They thought the president would commit to the principle of collective defense. They were wrong.”

He apparently later changed his mind.  A few months ago he called NATO "obsolete."



Trump sent his Secretary of State to the Middle East to try to patch up things between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  The largest U.S military base in the Middle East in in Qatar and we have long had good relations with the Saudis.  Then, Trump blast the Qataris.






  1. NATO became superfluous in 1991. Today's Russia is not the USSR.

    At the rate things are going, China and Russia (for all that they have uber-strong central authority) are becoming more capitalistic than the US. Note that the US ranks 51st for ease of beginning a new business.

    Russia has no need of the Baltic states or Poland except as trading partners. The fear of a Russian invasion is hyped-up propaganda from the NeoCon war hawks.

    Note that Russia, post-USSR, and China, post-Mao, have learned from the German/Japanese experience, post-WW II: You can get from commerce what you can't get from war.

    Given what we're doing in the mid-east, the US "leadersship" has forgotten that.


  2. Thanks for the comment. You may be right about the Baltic states. However, even alone, Russian interference in U.S. elections, which can no longer be in serious disputes, is reason to be concerned. However, like many Trump defenders you do not address the issue of chaos. Trump tweets and says one thing and then a few days or weeks later just says the opposite. He undercuts his own foreign policy staff. Further, there always needs to be a big stick somewhere to deter Russian probing and aggression in any form.