In 2016, it was Donald Trump who came under fire for being too much of a Putin admirer. Now there are the FBI and congressional investigations into possible Russian connections with the Trump campaign.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — Walking the halls of Foggy Bottom, the headquarters of the State Department in Washington, D.C., has been a depressing business for decades. There is little excitement here.
The U.S. establishment seems to want an Emperor who will go around the world spying on people and killing them as he sees fit, but wants to make sure he abides by legal niceties in the U.S.
Donald Trump won a startling victory in his run for the presidency, employing attacks on Mexican migrants, Islamophobia, and promises to “make America great again.” The Republican Party, moving rightward for years, has embraced this agenda.
Beyond Trump Nation, just about everybody thinks President Trump came off second-fiddle in his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
William J. Astore: When you forge a bigger hammer, you tend not to leave it unused in the tool shed. No — you look for bigger nails to strike.
William Blum: Where does the United States get the nerve to moralize about Russia? Same place they get the nerve to label Putin a “killer” … a “butcher” … a “thug”.
Mel Gurtov: With Trump too busy attacking his critics and Stephen Bannon evidently in charge, the administration is incapable of developing a coherent foreign policy supportive of traditional allies.
Murray Polner: With little or no historical knowledge “Americans, inheritors of the Monroe Doctrine, should have understood that Russia would be hypersensitive to foreign dominated military alliances approaching or touching its borders.”
Mel Gurtov: Trump’s approach irreparably harms US relations with its neighbor, just as it seriously undermines relations with Japan and other Asian countries that wanted the TPP as an offset to China’s economic dominance.
Mel Gurtov: You can’t flatter a dictator, interject comments about another country’s domestic affairs, praise one country at the expense of another, or bring family into high-level meetings without consequences.
Lance Simmens: Trump’s untruths are merely truths turned upside down to keep you on your toes. When he says he is draining the swamp he is actually stocking it with more deadly creatures.
Bill Blum: The mainstream critics of Trump foreign policy should be embarrassed, even humbled, by what they supported in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.