Trump may not defend NATO allies

Donald Trump said that he may or may not come to the defense of a NATO ally if it were attacked.  Never mind the treaty commitment that an attack upon one is an attack upon all.  He said that the US action would depend on whether or not the country “fulfilled their obligations to us.”

He was referring specifically to what he would do if one of the Baltic Republics (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) were invaded by Russia.

Remember that Trump and Vladimir Putin have something of a mutual admiration society.  What would the international scene be like if the United States allies itself with Russia, instead of Western Europe?

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Obama threatens Great Britain if it leaves the EU

Great Britain is getting ready to vote on whether or not to exit the European Union, a cause that is going by the name “Brexit.”  Though surely whether or not to do that is the business of the British people, President Obama has weighed in on the matter.  

During his visit there, he went so far as to threaten the British that if they leave the EU, they would be “at the back of the queue” for any trade deals.  Threatening a nation’s economy if they do not bend to our will is essentially what the Saudi Arabia leadership did to the United States, to the general outrage of Americans.  Now the Brits are similarly outraged at Obama.  See the London Daily Express story after the jump. [Read more…]

Making Mexico pay for the wall

So let’s assume that Donald Trump gets the Republican presidential nomination, which is probable, and that he is elected President, which is possible.  How would he carry out his promises?

Consider his vow to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants, and, furthermore, to make Mexico pay for it.   The government of Mexico has said, defiantly, that there is no way they would pay for a wall.  Trump responded that he would therefore make it ten feet higher.

(My brother says that Mexico would indeed build a wall and pay for it in order to keep out the hordes of Americans who would flee the country if Donald Trump were elected President.  My sister said that she heard that joke from Jimmy Fallon.  My brother said that while that might be, he came up with it independently.)

But how would President Trump make Mexico pay for the wall? [Read more…]

Towards a conservative foreign policy

We have gone from one foreign policy extreme (waging wars to impose democracy on people who don’t want it and who have no cultural or religious foundation for it) to the other (projecting a weakness that has given us Islamic radicals taking over Iraq, Russian aggression in eastern Europe,  Chinese aggression in Asia, a war between Israel and Palestinians, civil war in Syria, and a “new world disorder”).  Is there a happy medium?  What would a truly conservative foreign policy look like?

George Will reviews a new book on that subject that proposes things like “limited government” applied globally, the preservation of local cultures, and “armed diplomacy.” [Read more…]

The new world disorder

British journalist Peter Foster, writing in the London Telegraph, sees the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine as just one symptom among many of the global order coming apart.  And with the disengagement of the United States and the timidity of Europe, conditions are starting to resemble the way things were just before World War I. [Read more…]

Tensions build with China

As our attention has been focused on the meltdown in the Middle East, big problems have been emerging with China.  Reportedly emboldened by American weakness, China has been asserting its claims on hundreds of tiny islands in the East China sea, which are also claimed by Japan, the Phillippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, and other nations, many of which have mutual defense treaties with the United States.  The navies and air forces of these contending nations are harassing and threatening each other, creating a tinder box that could easily ignite.  In the meantime, American diplomacy is objecting to the Chinese incursions, and it’s dragging down our relations with China on other issues. [Read more…]