Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ave, Jeff!

Dr. Hodges on Trump versus Clinton. Jeff writes: an American abroad, I find my thoughts drawn more to the issues of foreign policy, and on these, Trump has already done damage by publicly questioning America's commitment to protecting its allies. Hillary Clinton has shown poor judgment in particular instances, but Trump's off-the-cuff remarks call basic principles into question.

I gather that Trump's stance is at least partly informed by his desire to start paying down the US debt, which apparently now hovers around an incredible 20 trillion dollars. Trump is basically saying to other nations, "We'll provide the same services, but now it's going to cost you (extra), so get ready to pony up." Whether this stance is objectively good or bad, I can't say, but I agree with Jeff that, diplomatically speaking, it's bad for relations.

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