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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs: [Donald] Trump was remarkably lucky in 2017. He did not experience any external shocks and paid no visible price for alienating the United States' friends. But at the same time, no part of the world is conspicuously better off for his efforts. Instead, the preexisting fissures in the international system are either the same or getting worse; no U.S. adversary is noticeably weaker, and some are getting stronger; and the president's behavior has devalued the currency of the United States' reputation and credibility. Sooner or later, his luck will run out. And when it does, the true costs of the Trump presidency will become clear.

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Trump appears to believe that he achieved great things during his first year in office and that his critics have been proved both vicious and wrong. In fact, he has demoralized the institutions of the U.S. government on which he depends. He has disappointed anyone, at home or abroad, who expected him to mature. He is exhausting his first group of appointees, and he does not have much of a backup bench. And perhaps worst of all, he thinks he knows what he is doing. He does not seem to realize that he has not faced any tests comparable to the 9/11 attacks or the 2008 recession, and there is no reason to believe that he has developed the knowledge or judgment to handle such a challenge when it does arise.

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And when it does, the true costs of the Trump presidency will become clear.

Posted by rcade at 11:08 AM | 0 COMMENTS | permalink | Comment on This Entry |

The true costs are first manifest in the true and actual Puerto Rican death count. More dead are coming, and from other places. Just think of all the intelligence memos Trump does not read or refuses to believe.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-21 11:22 AM | Reply

He does not seem to realize that he has not faced any tests comparable to the 9/11 attacks or the 2008 recession

Well, he had a drill of sorts with the Hawaii scare and chose to keep golfing so...

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-21 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, he had a drill of sorts with the Hawaii scare and chose to keep golfing so...

Yep. His inability to do the right thing there shows he can't handle a real crisis. All he had to do was leave the golf course and reassure the public in a tweet and other messaging that the bomb alert was fake. That wasn't even a tough call.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-21 11:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

That wasn't even a tough call.

No big, his flunkies went all Katrina and blamed the governor.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-21 11:48 AM | Reply

But please, Trumpvoters©, tell me again how it was that Obama divided the country and made the USA weaker abroad.

#5 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-21 12:00 PM | Reply

When someone is really good at their job, the mediocre call it good luck. We were unlucky during the Obama years.

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-21 12:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#6

No one who won't read can possibly handle the job as president. No one who steals from his own people deserves the job of president.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-21 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Foreign Policy cannot consist entirely of selfishness and brutal domination of others by force. These mechanisms are unsustainable.

On the same retort page we have a confirming contradiction:

news.gallup.com

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-21 02:26 PM | Reply

VISITOR's 'up is down' philosophical contortions make me glad that he's on the other side of this screen. Otherwise I'd have to womp him upside the head.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-21 03:11 PM | Reply

The------------------- showed his foreign policy genius by threatening Kim Jong Un with an armada that was sailing away from North Korea.

#10 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-01-21 04:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Well, he had a drill of sorts with the Hawaii scare and chose to keep golfing so...

#2 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2018-01-21 11:22 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Well, he had a drill of sorts with the Hawaii scare and chose to keep golfing so...
Yep. His inability to do the right thing there shows he can't handle a real crisis. All he had to do was leave the golf course and reassure the public in a tweet and other messaging that the bomb alert was fake. That wasn't even a tough call.

#3 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2018-01-21 11:46 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

That wasn't even a tough call.
No big, his flunkies went all Katrina and blamed the governor.

You guys are the epitome of the the Left's myopic view and deranged mentality, Governor Ige admitted that it was a local issue and apologized for "Hawaii's problem."

Hawaii Governor David Ige apologized at the press conference: 'I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing. This is Hawaii's problem and we will deal with it'
Hawaii's Speaker of the House also admitted that it was a Hawaii issue:
House Speaker Scott Saiki says someone pushed the wrong button, sending an alert to cellphone users across the islands warning of them of an impending missile strike. However, there was no attack on Hawaii, and officials later said the alert was sent in error.

Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Ige (IG'-eh) confirmed to The Associated Press that it was human error, but she didn't have further details.

Saiki says the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably. He also took local emergency management officials to task for taking 30 minutes to issue a correction, prolonging panic.

He says in a statement that the Hawaii House of Representatives will begin an immediate investigation.

Saiki says, "Clearly, State government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations."


#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-21 04:35 PM | Reply

Oh look, there's one of the flunkies now!

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-21 04:50 PM | Reply

The Generals are Running the White House

Trump is surrendering his presidency to the GOP and the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex" (MIC ). McCain and Graham have long opposed Trump's attempts to shift US foreign policy to be more Russo-friendly. Meanwhile, American and Russian astronauts shake hands routinely on the International Space Station. Like Hillary, McCain and Graham also reacted with horror to Trump's campaign criticisms of NATO's eastward thrust, the power transformation in the western Pacific, Syria, Iraq, the Middle East altogether.

In spite of all the "Russia-gate" and collusion talk, Trump has been shifting US foreign policy in a more hawkish and militarized position. Trump officials confirmed export of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine have been approved. These weapons were rejected by Obama who saw the sale as a needless elevation of risk in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.

Boss Tweet is now on the verge of approving and entrenching the engineering of new SLBMs and ICBMs, the new Bomber, a new missile launching nuclear submarine, a new nuclear cruise missile, a whole panoply of new nuke-hardened space-based C3ISR systems, a new family of nuclear warheads, the addition of precision guidance to the B-61 "dial-a-yield" bomb, a massive modernization of the nuclear lab infrastructure, and much more. Once the political engineers are done spreading the nuke contract dollars to most, if not all, congressional districts, the whole program will be locked in for up to 50 years.

Both Moscow and Beijing are bound to respond, launching a second cold war, trilateral no less.
Trump can eat all of the Big Macs he wants, release his inner Klansman to his heart's content, amuse himself by watching "Fox & Friends", and enrich his family, so long as he plays ball with "his generals", the Koch Brothers, Wall Street, Big Pharma and the rest of the One Percenters.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-21 05:35 PM | Reply

Considering the absolute disaster Trump inherited from Obama, he needs a little luck to get things under control.

#14 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-01-21 07:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Boss Tweet is now on the verge of approving and entrenching the engineering of new SLBMs and ICBMs, the new Bomber, a new missile launching nuclear submarine, a new nuclear cruise missile, a whole panoply of new nuke-hardened space-based C3ISR systems, a new family of nuclear warheads, the addition of precision guidance to the B-61 "dial-a-yield" bomb, a massive modernization of the nuclear lab infrastructure, and much more.

Yep, he's continuing that which Obama initiated.

U.S. Nuclear Modernization Programs www.armscontrol.org

#15 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-21 08:33 PM | Reply

Yep, he's continuing that which Obama initiated.

Don't tell donald that. He'd freak.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-21 09:04 PM | Reply

Just got back from South East Asia, after 3 weeks, China is the fox in the hen house. US influence has dropped to almost nothing these days. With the termination of the TPP, all Asian nations now are turning to China for Trade. China's growth now is a whopping 6.4 percent for 2017 and now they are hopping to moderate it to under five to stabilize domesticate markets. with the traitor's failure to stimulate trade the US has lost massive influence in the South Pacific Basin. Everyone I talked too, wonders how trump got elected with a minority vote. Can't tell you how many times I've had to explain the Electoral college to folks there.
The Chinese love him though, they consider his election the best thing that's happened to their markets. go trump...

#17 | Posted by Badcat at 2018-01-22 01:49 AM | Reply

Don't tell donald that. He'd freak.

#16 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2018-01-21 09:04 PM | REPLY

Most of what he's doing as far as actual combat goes is what Obama put into place, with a less restrictive ROE.

What Obama did as far as actual combat goes is what Bush put into place, greatly amplified.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-22 10:37 AM | Reply

We were unlucky during the Obama years.

#6 | Posted by visitor_

Were you feeling "lucky" during the Bush years?

Well? Were you punk?

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-22 04:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

None of our adversaries are weaker? Let's see...I can't Seem to thInk of a Single one...nope...wait, does that include murderous inbred (at almost a 50% clip) family of jihadis looking to conquer the world one FGM or gang rape at a time? If so...

Interesting inclusion of this derangement induced fallacy considering the pathetic attempts to fawn over Obama I see here. The irony is noteworthy. I can't wait to show this site to people.

PS. Speaking of Obama, it is weird having a president in the White House that is NOT getting pegged by his wife and her admirable, stellar rig she swings around in those capris pants....those were the days.

#20 | Posted by deaconblues323 at 2018-01-23 05:24 AM | Reply

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