There’s no room for bluster in foreign negotiations. Russia’s Nikita Khrushchev used this style in the 1960’s and it proved unsuccessful Funny though how it seems Trump has a thing for the iron-fisted style of Russian despots to impress people with.
“A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his hands anywhere near the nuclear codes.” – Hillary Clinton
The President-elect has tweeted that the U.S. should expand its deadly nuclear arsenal. Is this mere bluster-as-usual from Trump or is he sincere in his desire to take actions that will surely be reciprocated by China and Russia?
Apparently Trump is under the illusion that the world still sees the U.S. as the good guys and that they have nothing to fear from us. If ever that was a realistic view around the globe, it quickly disappeared once George Bush proclaimed to the entire world following the attacks of 9/11 that “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”
In the Reuters news report on this it was pointed out that “During the next decade, U.S. ballistic missile submarines, bombers, and land-based missiles – the three legs of the nuclear triad – are expected to reach the end of their useful lives.”
What could be seen as a perfect opportunity to wind down our nuclear capabilities and show the world that the only hyper-power in the world is willing to take a different direction. One that would ease tensions between the nuclear powers that currently exist and by so doing, reduce each countries huge debts.
“Maintaining and modernizing the [U.S.] arsenal is expected to cost at about $1 trillion dollars over 30 years, according to independent estimates.” – Reuters
The U.S. debt currently relies upon borrowed money from China to pay down our debt. Would Trump’s blustering stance tempt the Chinese to call in some of the loan and set our economy on a downward spiral?
The more respectful but firm style of negotiating is foreign to Trump. Bullying and threatening are his modus operandi in striking deals with adversaries in businesses. This tactic had worked for the most part in that smaller universe and he convinced many who voted for him that it would work equally well with government.
In an article with Trump’s ghost writer for “Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer conveyed that Trump told her that he had “the skill that matters most in a crisis: the ability to forge compromises. The reason he touted “The Art of the Deal” in his announcement, he explained, was that he believes that recent Presidents have lacked his toughness and finesse: “Look at the trade deficit with China. Look at the Iran deal. I’ve made a fortune by making deals. I do that. I do that well. That’s what I do.”
Trump has failed to learn from recent history that our massive arsenal did little to scare the Viet Cong and their modern equivalent – Islamic “jihadist”. As we have witnessed, South Vietnam fell to the Communist and Iraq has yet to become a secure democracy after 13 years and with the continued presence of the U.S. military.
The carnival style employed by Trump that may have intimidated some of his foes in the business world while gaining him the notoriety he so passionately craves will be found to offend all foreign nations, allies as well as our perceived enemies. It will also likely have the adverse effect Trump expects. Rather than backing down, they will dig in their heels and match us nuclear warhead for nuclear warhead.
Trump’s twisted version of Teddy Roosevelt’s Big Stick policy will undoubtedly unite our enemies rather than cower them. The U.S. was able to gain some of its respect back during the Obama administration following Bush’s my way or the highway method that put other nations on notice. It won’t take long under a Trump administration however to put us back where we were in 2008, if not to a greater degree.
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