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2016-04-29 Home Front: Politix
Trump’s major foreign policy speech alarms American allies
[Dhaka Tribune] Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy address alarmed American allies, who view the Republican front runner’s repeated invocation of an "America first" agenda as a threat to retreat from the world.
I can see how Mr. Trump's rhetoric might lend the impression that the free ride might be coming to an end...
While most governments were careful not to comment publicly on a speech by a US presidential candidate, Germany’s foreign minister veered from that protocol to express concern at Trump’s wording.

"I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

"The world’s security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone. It cannot be conducted unilaterally," he said of foreign policy in a post-Cold War world. "No American president can get round this change in the international security architecture.... ’America first’ is actually no answer to that."
Until Germany will ante up, I'm not going to concern myself with the comments of their foreign minister.
Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister who served as UN envoy to the Balkans in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, said he heard Trump’s speech as "abandoning both democratic allies and democratic values".

"Trump had not a word against Russian aggression in Ukraine, but plenty against past US support for democracy in Egypt," Bildt said on Twitter, referring to lines from Trump’s speech that criticised the Barack B.O. regime for withdrawing support for autocrat Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
during a 2011 uprising.

’First isolationist candidate’

Trump’s speech, uncharacteristically read out from a teleprompter, seemed aimed at showing a more serious side of a politician who has said he intends to act more "presidential" after months of speaking mainly off the cuff.

He promised "a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy" in contrast to the "reckless, rudderless and aimless" policies of Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another James Baker ...
, Trump’s likely Democratic opponent if he secures the Republican nomination.

The speech included no dramatic new policy proposals that might generate headlines, such as his past calls to bar Muslims from entering the US soil or to build a wall on the frontier with Mexico.

Where he was specific, like rejecting the terms of last year’s nuclear deal with Iran, calling for more investment in missile defence in Europe and accusing the B.O. regime of tepid support for Israel, he was firmly within the Republican mainstream.
A major theme - that more NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
allies should spend at least 2% of their economic output on defence - is one that has also been taken up by the B.O. regime itself, including repeatedly during the president’s visit to Europe last week.

Nevertheless, Trump’s rhetoric raised alarm in allied countries that still rely on the superpower for defence, particularly the phrase "America first", used in the 1930s by isolationists that sought to keep the United States out of World War II.

Former South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Sung-han, who now teaches at the Korea University in Seoul, said Trump would be "the first isolationist to be US presidential candidate, while in the post-war era all the US presidents have been to varying degrees internationalists."
South Korea should work on cutting a deal with China that divides North Korea between them, with an understanding that China will leave the ROK alone and the ROK will ask the US to move most of its presence away.
In the Arab world, where governments and their citizens are also alarmed at the rise of non-Arab Iran, Trump’s strong rejection of the deal with Tehran is a popular position that would have been embraced if expressed by another candidate.

But Trump’s previous call to ban Muslims from the United States has made him anathema in the region. Emirati political analyst Abdulkhaleq Abdullah said no speech would be enough to salvage his reputation there: "He’s a racist and a chauvinist who will never be widely welcomed in the Arab world."
Posted by Fred 2016-04-29 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [529 views ]  Top

#1 Yet, it resonates nicely.
Posted by Skidmark 2016-04-29 01:27||   2016-04-29 01:27|| Front Page Top

#2 Doesnt matte r- th e media is starting in on Trump already. He is going to be attacked harder than any Republican ever because he has so many bombshells out there that can be used against him. The truth does nat matter to Trump, he keeps repeating lies until they sink in. And now its going to be done to him the same way.

Here's the first, probably of many.


Short of indictment, we are looking at President Hillary. Thanks Trump backers.
Posted by Hupoling Omitle3794 2016-04-29 02:32||   2016-04-29 02:32|| Front Page Top

#3 "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

A discussion of 'reality' from a German politician? Rich, very rich indeed.
Posted by Besoeker 2016-04-29 02:44||   2016-04-29 02:44|| Front Page Top

#4 Allies? Iran, Egypt, Saudi, Latin America, China? O has managed to Isolated us more with his lies than anyone. The media and Republicans have hurled everything but the kitchen sink at him already. He still stands and will remain. Much smarter than most and savvy to this world of tricksters. Corruption and greed rule here now. Press on Trumpsters and let the idiots squeal in the background. The majority now has awoken.
Posted by Dale 2016-04-29 06:51||   2016-04-29 06:51|| Front Page Top

#5 This foreigner looked at the speech and liked it.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2016-04-29 07:07||   2016-04-29 07:07|| Front Page Top

#6 With the exception of building a wall I see it as more of the same bull we have endured with O.
I do think the EU, Japan, and Korea should carry their weight on defense and not spend so much money on socialist welfare programs. I doubt anything will change given the turmoil caused by the Islamic invasion of Europe. The EU will have enough internal problems to keep them busy for decades.
What will happen is the same as Bush. Some antagonist will invade a friendly country and Trump or H will respond with troops. Either will not attempt overwhelming force.
But then, there is China....
Posted by jvalentour 2016-04-29 08:24||   2016-04-29 08:24|| Front Page Top

#7 Criticism from Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister! Sweden, for God's sake! You want to see a threat to the West? You want to see the result of the "Sweden last" policy? Take the Malmo ferry.
Posted by Skunky Ghibelline1025 2016-04-29 09:56||   2016-04-29 09:56|| Front Page Top

#8 Yes, they will squeal. My country will shit itself with Indonesia on the northern border. But the US voters have every right to put their country first and they should.

America is under attack as is the entire Western world, and you need to Make America Great Again.

only then can you help everyone else. Hope Trump cuts the UN budget.
Posted by anon1 2016-04-29 10:11||   2016-04-29 10:11|| Front Page Top

#9 So we have three groups of foreigners: (1) Those that are evil and have been having a good time under Obama. They are probably not thrilled with Trumps foreign policy speech. (2) Those that love Obama but are unhappy with his policies of neglect, they want the US to do it all and pay for it all and still be able to blame the US for intervening all the time. They are not thrilled because the free ride would end. (3) Israel.

All things said I only care about the opinions of one of the three.
Posted by rjschwarz 2016-04-29 10:32||   2016-04-29 10:32|| Front Page Top

#10 I wouldn't be surprised if Trump had oppo research done on the press. How many reporters would repeat questions or be eager to ask when Donald holds out a hand for a folder with your name on it, containing pics of the reporter with drugs, hookers or whatever. Honestly, I wish the GOP had the spine to do that.
Posted by Silentbrick 2016-04-29 13:57||   2016-04-29 13:57|| Front Page Top

#11 Rj: into which of those categories would you put South Korea?
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2016-04-29 15:16||   2016-04-29 15:16|| Front Page Top

#12 I'd put them in with Israel. My post is less humorous if (3) becomes a short list.
Posted by rjschwarz 2016-04-29 15:31||   2016-04-29 15:31|| Front Page Top

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