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Trump assumed he must be talking about California: liberalism.
I have in mind, in particular, the cases of North Korea and Russia. It elicits ridicule and bitter condemnation across the mainstream political spectrum.
But whatever Trump’s motives may be, the general policy makes some sense.
Forty years ago, a revered predecessor (Ronald Reagan) was learning about the world from movies, and was so mesmerized that he even came to believe that he had taken part in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps (while not leaving California). The alleged threat of Iranian nuclear weapons can readily be overcome by adopting the demand of the Arab States, Iran, and in fact virtually the entire world, to establish a nuclear weapons-free zone in the region, a policy to which the U. There is, to put it charitably, scant evidence for Trump’s boast that his tariffs are forcing China to pour “billions of dollars” into the Treasury Department.
All of this tells us something about modern politics. “We never had 10 cents coming into our Treasury” under past administrations, he explained.
Putin “may feel that way,” Trump responded: “He sees what’s going on.
And I guess, if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look; and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people.” He was asked why the U. alone is refusing to join the G20 in a commitment to address global warming and responded by praising the quality of U. air and water, apparently not understanding the distinction.
It’s hard to find a comment on foreign policy that departs from this impressive norm.
Efforts to detect some coherent global strategy indeed seem to be a kind of acid satire. There is one policy that emerges from the chaos — the kind we would expect from an egotistical con man who has one principle: Me! Whether he in fact called off a military strike because of his compassion for 150 possible victims, who knows?
Consider the charge that “China is killing us,” stealing our jobs, joined by “Mexican robbers.” How is China killing us? What appears to be a more credible charge is that China is violating the intellectual property rights regime (TRIPS) established in the World Trade Organization. True, it was established by interstate agreement, but who made those decisions?
Did China have a gun to the head of CEO Tim Cook of Apple, ordering him to end the last vestige of production of Apple computers in the U. Or Boeing, or GM, or Microsoft, or any of the others who have shifted production to China? Did the public have any role, or even know what was happening? The misnamed “free trade agreements” are more properly described as investor-rights agreements, often with little relation to trade in any meaningful sense, and not surprisingly, serving the interests of their designers in the investor class.
Meanwhile, since Trump’s rise to power, the end of U. With all due skepticism about the quality of intelligence, this is sheer madness considering the stakes. At the recent G20 conference, Trump was asked about Putin’s statement that Western liberalism is obsolete.