Trudy, Trudy, Trudy…she outlines the damage from foreign policy by tweets.

https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/vp-ed-column-trudy-rubin-0101-20200101-rv5k2grtnvcq5kbaygmnyk3q2e-story.html

“Only I can fix it” is not a viable position, as is evidenced in the column.

The world is very complicated. Trying to go it alone is creating a weaker, less reliable and trustworthy America. Both Xi and Kim know this quite well.

12 thoughts on “Trudy, Trudy, Trudy…she outlines the damage from foreign policy by tweets.

  1. I am reminded of part of my flight training in which we simulated zero visibility conditions with a hood that obscured vision other than the flight instruments. The lesson would require me to look down at my lap so I couldn’t see what the instructor was doing as he manipulated flight controls and mal-adjusted instrument calibrations to place the plane in some odd attitude and the said “your airplane” at which time the student can look at the instruments, determine which ones have been tampered with by cross referencing, and then right the airplane without pulling the wings off.

    That is much like blaming any current President for our foreign policy woes.

    Our problems started several Presidents back, and even are inherited from the British and French.

    For too many years, the response has been to just send more troops to clean up old messes, and eventually that will pull the wings off.

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    1. RE: “For too many years, the response has been to just send more troops to clean up old messes, and eventually that will pull the wings off.”

      There’s also been the assumption, prevailing over the same time frame, that something like a U.S.-led, or U.S.-implemented, global government is the natural evolution of humanity. Ms. Rubin clearly shares this globalist view of the future.

      Personally, I’m opposed to globalism. To the extent that President Trump’s foreign policy actions undermine the push for global governance, I’m in favor of it.

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      1. @Roberts

        I think you are pretty accurate about the assumed arc of history with America as the leader that has informed progressive thinking in Western countries since WW2. You call that “globalism” and are against it. Why? What is a better alternative? Humanity remaining divided and at each other’s throats and trying to keep a tenuous peace through massive military spending and intimidation of possible adversaries? And, letting someone else worry about the destruction of the global environment with no hint of global action?

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      2. RE: “You call that ‘globalism’ and are against it. Why? What is a better alternative?”

        Yes, I call that “globalism,” and I’m against it.

        The explanation is straightforward. I believe the natural evolution of humanity culminates in the formation of nation states. Any larger (super-national) social organization of the human race would be inherently artificial, and therefore unstable.

        Because nation states are capable of solving the problems you mention, I see no need to create super-national command-and-control systems. In fact, because nations require sovereignty to govern themselves effectively, globalism actually undermines them. In effect, you can’t fool Mother Nature, no matter how good your margarine might seem to be.

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        1. @Roberts

          Well, thanks for the response which is that nation states are somehow ordained by nature and are therefore “natural” but that a nation state encompassing all of mankind isn’t “natural” and is therefore artificial.

          From that distinction between “natural” and “artificail” I conclude that you must consider the United States to be “artificial” as well since it is a nation state encompassing many races and cultures? Maybe a “natural” nation state is one with a certain homogeneity of race and culture? For example, an Aryan Nation?

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        2. RE: “I conclude that you must consider the United States to be ‘artificial’ as well since it is a nation state encompassing many races and cultures?”

          The U.S. was less multicultural for most of its history than it is today, and I am, in fact, inclined to see a correlation between rising multiculturalism and increasing instability.

          I do not, however, subscribe to any form of “Aryan Nation” ideology. It is illogical to assume that I do, based on my answer to your question.

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          1. Well, if you think that multiculturalism is causing “instability” that sort of says you DO favor something like an “Aryan nation” as the ideal endpoint of that human evolution you talked about. Just own it and don’t accuse me of being “illogical” because I understand your beliefs and values based on what you write.

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          2. RE: ” that sort of says you DO favor something like an ‘Aryan nation’ as the ideal endpoint”

            If you choose to be illogical — as in ignoring my explicit statements in favor of your own imaginary inferences — then the problem is yours, not mine.

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    2. “blaming any current President for our foreign policy woes” as a comment has merit.

      However, if we had a real Conservative in the WH we would be reclaiming some of the ground given up through soft-line negotiation by the Obama Administration. While Obam’s heart was in the right place he was too much carrot and not enough stick.

      What we have now is NO coherent policy and a vacuum that our adversaries are gleefully taking advantage of..

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  2. “That is much like blaming any current President for our foreign policy woes.”

    So, in this analogy the student pilot being blinded while the instructor sets the plane in a perilous attitude stands in for what – oh yeah – Trump’s complete ignorance of what is going on in the world and why. But no worries. Trump knows what to do – abandon and betray allies and extort foreign governments to dig for dirt on Americans.
    Seriously, what this analogy leaves out is that the student pilot has gone to the trouble to prepare himself. Trump? Not so much. He won’t even read one-page briefing papers because he already knows more than anybody else.

    “For too many years, the response has been to just send more troops”
    Maybe you missed it. Trump is sending 750 new troops to Iraq.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/deploys-troops-iraq-baghdad-embassy-attack-200101023738596.html

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  3. Two things: China and Putin LOVE (for obvious reasons) the clueless Moron in Chief.

    And, Ballad of a Thin Man covered by James Solberg (if you like the Blues) is a worthy listen…

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