and they're bad.
Trump excels at judging beauty contestants and building casinos and golf courses, abilities that are useless for a world leader. Trump showed us all how poorly prepared he is to be the leader of the free world. His speech was naive, incoherent, and self-contradictory.
Trump talked about regaining the trust of our allies, then threatened to pull out of NATO.
Trump says he'd be unpredictable, then expects America to trust him with nuclear codes.
Trump praised Western values then questioned supporting democracy around the world.
Trump's ideas on torture are completely out of sync with military leaders, international and American law.
And here's a little advice for the beauty contest impresario: When you're going to give a speech to impress America and the world and you use a teleprompter, it's a good idea to go over the speech so that you can avoid embarrassing yourself by mispronouncing country names. It's Tan-zan-NIA, not Tan-ZANE-ia. Apparently The Trumper is lazy, and didn't bother to read the speech someone wrote for him, and it showed in his halting, stumbling presentation -- and in the mispronunciation of a well-known African country.
Here are some of the reviews:
The Conservative Review:
Ouch! Scathing Reviews for Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech
A Mess of Contradictions by Fred Kaplan:
Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech was even worse than his usual incoherent rambling. I didn’t think it possible, but Donald Trump’s “major foreign policy address” on Wednesday—a written speech, which he read off a teleprompter—was even more incoherent than his impromptu ramblings of the past several months. In fact, it may stand as the most senseless, self-contradicting foreign policy speech by any major party’s presidential nominee in modern history.
Donald Trump’s big foreign policy speech, explained by Daniel W. Drezner
I suffered through all of Donald Trump's foreign policy speech. This is my story. Trump doesn’t really have any useful ideas or strategies to offer for how to improve American foreign policy. What he does have, however, is a really stinging indictment of the existing foreign policy establishment.
This certainly resonates with a lot of Americans, even people who wouldn’t otherwise sympathize with Trump. The challenge for Hillary Clinton will be to point out that whatever qualms one has about the foreign policy status quo, Trump’s alternative would be worse.
The Wall Street Journal:
"For prepared remarks, or for that matter even an after-dinner talk, Mr. Trump’s speech was especially rife with contradictions. He said the conduct of foreign policy must be “more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything.” He also said the conduct of foreign policy must be “disciplined, deliberate and consistent.”
"Mr. Trump isn’t known for close readings of his briefing books, if such documents exist, and deep policy knowledge is obviously not the source of his political appeal. But Americans typically prefer Presidents who are conversant about the world’s biggest problems beyond a sound bite or two, and Hillary Clinton will aggressively litigate the businessman’s Commander in Chief credentials, to put it mildly."
The National Review:
Trump’s ‘Foreign Policy’: Incoherent and Shallow
The guy who stood in front of an audience yesterday and lit into past and present administrations for their foreign policy mistakes showed America and the world that he has little to no understanding of the subject and given any power would be a national and international disaster.
Shallowness is a "deep experience" for this clown: