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Friday, December 2, 2016

Here are the consequences of electing a person who knows nothing about diplomacy or who has no clue about our delicate relationship between Pakistan and India. Trump's ill-advised conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister made him look like the ignorant fool that he most assuredly is:

Steve Benen:

A week after the presidential election, Donald Trump spoke via phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May, though it seems no one prepared the president-elect on the basics of diplomacy. Trump apparently told May, for example, “If you travel to the U.S., you should let me know.”

The casual invitation “left civil servants amused and befuddled.” In Trump’s mind, the British prime minister might have plans to swing by America for a visit, in which case, the president-elect hoped May would give him a heads-up. What Trump doesn’t realize is that May would only come if invited.

Yesterday, the Republican had another chat with a foreign leader, and as the Washington Post noted, no one prepared Trump for this conversation, either.
Pakistan’s Press Information Bureau on Wednesday released a readout of a phone call on Monday between Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump. The readout is unusual in that it focuses almost entirely on Trump’s contributions to the conversation, and reproduces them in a voice that is unmistakably his.
The report from the Pakistani government is online in its entirety here, and it really must be read to be fully appreciated: “President Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon…. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.”

Of particular interest, the readout added, “On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, said Mr. Donald Trump.”

Oh my.

It’s worth noting that Trump hasn’t always had such a friendly attitude towards Pakistan.  In recent years, Trump published tweets in which he insisted Pakistan “is not our friend,” and shouldn’t be considered an “ally” of the United States.

But more pressing in this situation is that Trump told Nawaz Sharif he’s prepared to help resolve Pakistan’s problems and would love to visit Pakistan in person as president.

Time magazine had a good piece on this yesterday, explaining why the president-elect’s comments were “reckless and bizarre.”
There are few foreign policy topics quite as complicated as the relationship between India and Pakistan, South Asia’s nuclear-armed nemeses. Any world leader approaching the issue even obliquely must surely see the “Handle With Care” label from miles away, given the possibility of nuclear conflict.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, however, doesn’t seem to have read the memo, injecting a pronounced element of uncertainty about the position of the world’s only remaining superpower on this most complex of subjects in a call with the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif…. Trump’s intervention could have serious consequences for both regional and global stability.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have intensified, which leaves the United States in an awkward position. The Obama administration has made a concerted effort to strengthen U.S./India ties, while also delicately maintaining financial support for Pakistan.

Note, however, that President Obama is the first American president to ever visit India twice during his term, while Obama has not set foot in Pakistan.

Trump, who probably isn’t aware of the diplomatic balancing act, apparently signaled to Sharif a very different U.S. posture towards Pakistan – up to and including a presidential visit to the country.

If Trump does go to Pakistan, it risks alienating Indian allies. If Trump doesn’t visit after telling Sharif he would, it will further complicate an already difficult Pakistani relationship. And I can’t wait to hear what this means: “I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.”

Electing a president who doesn’t know what he’s doing carries real consequences.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Another stupid move by narcissist Trump in coercing Carrier to keep 809 jobs in Indiana. From the Wall Street Journal:

"...what Trump has done combined with what Trump has promised to do can have some very serious consequences:

“A mercantilist Trump trade policy that jeopardized those exports would throw far more Americans out of work than the relatively low-paying jobs he’s preserved for now in Indianapolis. Mr. Trump’s Carrier squeeze might even cost more U.S. jobs if it makes CEOs more reluctant to build plants in the U.S. because it would be politically difficult to close them.”

So on the one hand, we have the suffering of the little guy – the taxpayers – and on the other, the suffering of the corporations themselves, with WSJ asking, “who would you rather have making a decision about where to make furnaces or cars? A company whose profitability depends on making good decisions, or a branding executive turned politician who wants to claim political credit?”

skudrunner said...

It is different to have a president who doesn't look at everything with a political eye. He is selecting cabinet posts from people who have accomplished something instead of a political pay off.
I do not see how, even you, can object to saving jobs in America. Have we become that jaded to not want to see America prosper even under opposing leadership.

Kevin Robbins said...

What Trump doesn’t realize is that May would only come if invited.

She should make him beg.

Jerry Critter said...

Fucking amateur!

anymouse said...

Why am I not surprised that Skidmark is happy to have Wall Street take over the White House? I still chuckle when he tries to convince people that he's a progressive. HA!

skudrunner said...


You have gone to far with your accusations. NO WHERE have I said I was a progressive. I believe in tolerance, less government interference and the return to personal responsibility all of which the progressives oppose.

anymouse said...

You think the right is filled with tolerance and personal responsibility? AHAHHHHAAHAHAAAAHAAAAAA Now about that government interference . . . . Does that stop before or after the woman's womb? Before or after creating the single largest intrusive government in the form of the "Patriot Act" EVER (let's see - who did that, again? Ah yes, Shrub. That famous progressive...)
Face it Skidmark, you stand on a platform of shifting sands and your credibility is zero.