Trump the un-Obama

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The Obama for­eign pol­icy team in­vested eight years pro­ject­ing Amer­i­can weak­ness and equiv­o­ca­tion through­out the world by ca­pit­u­lat­ing to Rus­sian, Ira­nian, rad­i­calIs­lamic and Chi­nese provo­ca­tions, all while di­vest­ing in na­tional de­fense, vin­di­cat­ing Cuban tyranny and pro­claim­ing cli­mate change to be the great­est threat to in­ter­na­tional or­der. What an ex­quis­ite demon­stra­tion of pro­gres­sivist world lead­er­ship.

Is it re­ally any won­der au­thor­i­tar­ian thugs are be­ing em­bold­ened to test U.S. re­solve? Is it any won­der that, af­ter ob­serv­ing our pres­i­dent ne­go­ti­ate what was es­sen­tially the same feck­less treaty that en­abled his grand­fa­ther to de­velop nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un thinks he can out-fox the United States? Af­ter all, he ob­served this same pres­i­dent stand down to Ira­nian mil­i­tary provo­ca­tions af­ter sign­ing the treaty. Kim’s be­hav­ior is nei­ther “un­sta­ble” nor “er­ratic.” It is quite in-line with ex­pec­ta­tions learned from his ob­ser­va­tions of U.S. in­com­pe­tence and de­cline.

Enough, then, with the pro­gres­sive press needling our new pres­i­dent for his ev­ery in­ter­na­tional step or choice of words. If the me­dia want to dis­cuss for­eign pol­icy in­com­pe­tence, their hero wrote the text­book.

KEN BECKERT Abing­don, Md.

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