Donald Trump: NATO is no Longer Obsolete
I’ve written about Shadi Hamid previously. He’s a Brookings interventionist type.
I still don’t think he gets it.
I don't understand. Why are people criticizing Trump for being a flip-flopper? I *want* him to be a flip flopper. Flip flopping can be good
— Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) April 12, 2017
The trouble is people don’t know what to believe. How can we really be assured that these are his real views? On Assad, Trump did more than just ‘flip flop’ he did a 180 on everything he’s said for five years.
Hamid just wants to focus on what he’s saying now. But the fact that he’s been saying the opposite for five years makes his statements now less credible. Put it this way-I opposed George W. Bush’s Iraq War. But you could never question these were his real views as he’d been pounding the table on Iraq for a few years by the time we went in early 2003.
His desire to intervene was pretty transparent. On the other hand Trump has had this ‘Road to Damascus’ conversion that no one really trusts. It’s pretty clear this is driven by politics. Here’s the truth-if Hillary Clinton wanted to do something more in Syria, she’d have more credibility on the policy.
And please spare me this whole canard-Trump was so offended by chemical weapons being used. During the campaign he said ‘Saddam Hussein used a little gas and everybody went crazy. Just a little gas.’
In this regard, even E. Harding is over Trump:
“I, for one, do not believe for one second Trump has the least bit compunction about using chemical weapons or cares at all about the people killed by them. His views on the campaign tail were his real ones. He was just manipulated by his advisors into thinking not attacking supposed (still unproven) Syrian govt chemical weapons use makes him look weak. He does not look weak now; he just looks like a dangerous, aimless, and easily manipulable moron who has no idea what he’s doing.”
HT: Tom Brown
Trump is in danger of alienating his base.
So regarding NATO, it’s the same thing again as with the job numbers in February. Of course, after the March numbers it’s the Obama economy again.
NATO is fine now. Now that they’ve done what Trump wanted, NATO is fixed.
“At a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump said that he will continue to work closely with NATO allies, particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism.”
“The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion on what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism,” Trump said at Wednesday’s press conference. “I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism.”
“I said it was obsolete,” he continued. “It is not longer obsolete.”
The job numbers were fixed. Now they’re no longer fixed. NATO was obsolete. Now it’s not. The Shadi Hamids of the world rejoice.
But Wesley Clark-former Supreme Nato Commander-was on Lawrence O’Donnell last night and said that Europeans are not as reassured as Shadi Hamid-or the NY Times’ Peter Baker. Why? Because your statements have to have credibility which is built up over time with words and actions.
Europeans still don’t feel they know what Trump’s real policies are-which despite Trump’s love of ‘unpredictability’ is not a good thing.
It’s all about a matter of trust. Why would I have been more open to Hillary Clinton taking more action in Syria? Credibility. I’d rather go to California with a sober pilot than a drunk one. Even Michael Anton admits Trump doesn’t know how to fly a plane.
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