Donald Trump’s “Fall of Western Civilization” tour

The big idea behind this, Trump’s first international trip, was to establish him as a legitimate statesman, and not just some detestable, thin-skinned, pussy-grabbing turd who lied himself into the most important job on earth with the assistance of the Russian mob. It was, of course, destined to failure, as Trump not only really is a detestable, thin-skinned, pussy-grabbing turd who lied himself into the most important job on earth with Putin’s help, but because, instead of surrounding himself with competent people who actually understand how government works, he’s chosen to rely on a cast of enablers, wealthy golfing buddies and dim-witted anti-government crusaders, none of whom could organize a small town Klan rally in rural Alabama, let alone run the most powerful government on earth. And, for this reason, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising to anyone that the trip has been a nightmare from start to finish.

And, for what it’s worth, I’m not just talking about the footage of Trump dancing awkwardly with a sword, or those photos of him rubbing the glowing orb, surrounded in the darkness by what appeared to be the board members of SPECTRE, or even the fact that we saw the First Lady slapping his sweaty, pink, little hand away from hers. Sure, any one of those things probably would have sunk the Obama administration, but that’s just bad optics. There were real, serious things that have happened on the trip as well… things that very well could, if allowed to fester, destabilize the international order.

Today, if you missed it, Donald Trump visited NATO headquarters in Belgium, where he not only failed to assure America’s allies of our commitment to NATO’s shared mutual defense pledge, and rebuked them for what he called their “chronic underpayments”, but apparently told a reporter from Der Spiegel that the Germans are “very evil”, in response to a line of questioning about the current trade imbalance between our countries… Oh, and news also broke that England, our closest ally, has, at least temporarily, stopped sharing intelligence with us in response to our pathetically undisciplined administration’s non-stop leaking of classified information. [Speaking of which, two days before, news had broken that Trump had boasted to the President of the Philippines about the presence of two U.S. nuclear submarines near North Korea.]

For those of you who enjoy visuals, here, if you haven’t seen it yet, is a little piece of footage from earlier today that pretty well sums up our President’s time in Brussels. In it, you can see Trump shoving aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro in order to take a position at the front of a group photo, and then straightening his jacket and settling into some kind of power pose, like a complete douchebag… And, no, this, like those things I mentioned above, isn’t just a case of bad optics. This is our President, like a preening sociopath, pushing aside the leader of a small Balkan country that just a few weeks ago joined NATO, despite threats of reprisal from the Kremlin. This is a key ally in our new cold war with Russia, and our President doesn’t even seem to understand that. Either that, or he’s purposefully working to undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of NATO. As the folks at Foreign Policy just wrote, Trump, consciously or not, handed Putin a win today by alienating allies and once again calling into question our resolve in this longstanding international partnership – the only international partnership, by the way, standing between Putin and world domination… Now here’s that video.

So don’t get caught up in all the stupid missteps and ridiculous comments; the footage of a seemingly terrified Steve Bannon surrounded by Muslims, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross happily commenting about the refreshing absence of protesters in Saudi Arabia, apparently unaware that protesting is punishable by death, the White House releasing statements about how Trump hopes to “promote the possibility of lasting peach” between Israelis and Palestinians while in the Middle East, and comments by the President that would seem to indicate he’s not even aware that Israel is technically in the Middle East. It’s all stupid, and funny, but it’s not important. What’s important is that our President is a pariah that our allies don’t want to even go near, and he apparently can’t help but undermine U.S. foreign policy wherever he goes, making the world a less safe place in the process.

Here’s hoping the indictments start coming out against him soon, before too much more damage can be done.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted May 26, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Minor nitpick: Trump didn’t brag about the subs two days before the U.K. stopped sharing intelligence, that’s just when the transcript of the April 29 call was leaked.

  2. site admin
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Anonymatt. Completely unrelated, I had a dream last night that you crawled through my window, moving like of like Bob in the old Twin Peaks.

  3. Meta
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    “Video Released Of French President Ignoring Donald Trump, And Trump Goes NUTS, Grabs His Hand And Violently Shakes It”

    https://www.leftscoop.com/2017/05/video-released-french-president-ignoring-donald-trump-trump-goes-nuts-grabs-hand-violently-shakes-watch/

  4. M
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    When you accept it, it’s kind of comforting knowing that the end is near and there’s nothing we can do about it.

  5. Jean Henry
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Just a reminder here that many of you felt Bernie’s lack of any FP experience or interest despite his anti-war stance was no big deal and HRC’s actual experience dealing with the FP shitshow Obama inherited was used by many of you to attack her and call her a war monger.

    Why do I keep talking about the primary? 1) not a single one of you has admitted to being wrong in your GRC bashing, or to being taken by fake news sources and a 30 year campaign against her. How do I know you were taken v informed, because you repeated the stuff. 2) because I like to lure the real Bob out . He demonstrated brilliantly that no criticism of Bernie was or will ever be tolerated, which is my main issue with him, his legacy, and his followers (word use intentional) .

    FP chops matter. Policy wonks should be listened to, and critiqued within context after being listened to. Reactionaries are reactive and so usually wrong. And bureaucrats are more effective at resistance than self proclaimed revolutionaries. I stop bitching about Bernie when the far left smartens up and concedes it’s errors and it’s own areas of fundamental ignorance.

  6. Demetrius
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody … ;-)

  7. Lynne
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    FWIW, while I agree that HRC was the stronger candidate in terms of foreign policy, I felt able to vote for Sanders because I was confident he would have good advisors and that he would listen to them. But I love HRC too and feel the same about her. She would have picked good advisors and would have listened to them.

    Also happy Memorial Day weekend

  8. Posted May 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    site admin, hopefully tonight you will dream about Taco Farts

  9. Janette Rook
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I watch the news reports of his travels behind my hands like I watch a horror film, eyes often closing tightly & fingers in my ears for double protection.

  10. Iron Lung Larson
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I hate Christmas. Not sure why I’m supposed to be excited about Ramadan.

  11. Jean Henry
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Watching Twin Peaks instead of the news is a good way to pass a holiday weekend.

  12. Joe M.
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    HRC is an old school War Hawk barely any better than the likes of McCain. That was a strong reason to not vote for her.

  13. Jean Henry
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    She exited us from two ground wars as Secretary of State. She left that position with a 61% approval raiting. Astoundingly high.

    She was a foreign policy expert and official during a time of war– forever war by all accounts. She could not be further from a war monger.

    That’s just patent bullshit.

    Once again, I will point up that Obama’s laissez faire foreign policy and focus on diplomacy with Kerry, post Clinton, produced truly horrific outcomes and a mass humanitarian crisis.

    But you know, yay peace.

    The willful ignorance on the left of Foreign Policy is a good reason for more establishment conservatives to deride us as fools. Last I checked being uninformed and disinterested did not produce less death and destruction at the helm of a fucking super power.

  14. wobblie
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Foreign policy is pursuit of Empire is not a policy I can get behind. Progressive Democrats were once the party of peace, now they are just an appendage of the National Security State. I highly recommend JFK’s June 10, 1963 commencement speech where he repudiates cold war “demonetization” politics and laid out a program for peaceful co-exsistence. Sanders was the only one who came close, and like I’ve said before his positions were slightly to the right of Eisenhower’s.
    16 years of war, a whole generation knows nothing but, and this is ok? No one even talks about ending the wars, rather the discussions are about who we fight next–is it going to be N. Korea, Syria, or are we going for the whole enchilada and going after Russia and China. Our moral bankruptcy as country vomited up Trump, and unless the wars end we will end up with more morally repugnant folks running the show.
    WAR unending War is the defining characteristics of our society.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    JFK as anti-war is fucking hysterical. Dude… Speeches are not policy.

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    The nostalgia the left feels for the Democratic party past is deeply delusional. We were not a unified, anti-racist, ant-war working class party. Even the radical left was deeply patriarchal towards women and people of color– and they were fucking assholes to vets. The domocratic party is pretty much where it was always. BILL Clinton moved right to get elected and saved the fucking party, but he and HRC have since moved way left on social issues (along with the country). Much farther left than the left was EVER. I would argue that globalism, being anti-xenophobic and a means for greasing the wheels of diplomacy, is also a move towards progressivism– maybe not as realized, but as intended– as well as inevitable. It is certainly so v protectionism. It’s the right that has moved– much farther to the right. I’m not sure why political nostalgia warps perspective so much, but it risks making the Dem party regressive rather than progressive.

  17. Jean Henry
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    https://medium.com/@valrendel_88615/why-it-matters-that-the-portland-killer-was-a-far-left-extremist-11d001382139

  18. Ytown
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    So much anger within you Mark.

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