Events in Turkey and France demonstrate pretty clearly that the world desperately needs an American president with an experienced hand, and Trump is not it.
During an interview with Chris Hayes on Friday night, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman warned that now is not the time to elect a beginner to the presidency because the international community needs a person in the White House who is already familiar with international affairs and can step right in to help resolve conflicts that could take a long time for a beginner to be brought up to speed on.
“This is a time for steady U.S. leadership,” Sherman said in her final thoughts on the attempted coup in Turkey. This is complicated. We want to support democratically elected governments…As we look at all of the events of the past days, that steady leadership––looking ahead to our own electoral cycle––and where we are in the presidential campaign, not a time for beginners.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Clearly, the beginner Sherman is talking about is Donald Trump.
Trump does not have the kind of foreign policy knowledge that is needed in the White House the most right now. And most foreign policy experts and journalists agree.
Indeed, during an interview with the New York Times, the Republican nominee proved that he would only make the world we live in more dangerous because he “approached almost every current international conflict through the prism of a negotiation, even when he was imprecise about the strategic goals he sought.”
Trump is open to giving nuclear weapons to South Korea and Japan in a region where tensions with North Korea and China are already tense. He also wants to renegotiate treaties from the past that could end up resulting in the removal of troops from both countries, effectively abandoning our allies.
In addition, Trump also threatened to halt the purchase of oil from Saudi Arabia which would likely cause an oil shortage here at home and drive the price of gas to historical highs after they have been lower since President Obama took office.
The Washington Post concurs that Trump has a foreign policy that invites disaster.
Trump said he advocates a light footprint in the world. In spite of unrest abroad, especially in the Middle East, Trump said the United States must look inward and steer its resources toward rebuilding domestic infrastructure.
While the United States does have to increase domestic spending, that does not mean throwing the rest of the world to the wolves. Even journalists have slammed Trump’s ignorance of foreign policy.
Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic said of Trump in March,
I gleaned that he has no understanding of the post-war international order that was created by the United States, that he has no understanding of why we maintain alliances with such treaty partners as Japan and South Korea, Britain, NATO, and the importance of maintaining those stable relationships with other democracies, shows that he has no idea of nuclear doctrine. I mean, other than that, it was cool. It was really remarkable to imagine that someone who shows so little interest in understanding why the world is organized the way it is organized is this close to the presidency of the world’s only superpower.
Trump’s ignorance of foreign policy would be a disaster for the United States as more chaos erupts in places around the world. That’s why this country needs experience in the White House. President Obama cannot seek a third term so Hillary Clinton, who was a successful Secretary of State, is the woman for the job.
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