Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was as surreal as it was horrifying; portraying the current state of affairs in the United States as utterly bleak, the passion Trump showed when vowing to restore “law and order” in January 2017 was matched only by the excitement he showed while slandering immigrants and refugees. He baselessly blamed Hilary Clinton for nearly every single crisis in the Middle East, claiming her legacy is one of “death, destruction and weakness.” But, per usual, he failed to follow up even one of his insults with a solution.
Trump’s strategy to obscure the fact that he has absolutely no understanding of international affairs whatsoever is to regurgitate single lines of basic analysis while vowing that he will be a panacea for the world’s ills. He lambasted President Obama for failing to follow through on his “red line” in Syria, noting that when he drew it “the whole world knew it meant nothing.” His criticism of President Obama on this was particularly absurd given that only one day prior to the RNC, Trump publicly confirmed to the New York Times that he would consider abandoning certain NATO member states should they be confronted with an invasion by Russia, noting – in response to a question about defending the sovereignty of Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania – that he would only come to their defense if the states had “fulfilled their obligations to us.” Trump would never support an intervention sparked by a mass atrocity against civilians in Syria or anywhere else; he has already confirmed he is uncertain he would even defend our own stated allies.
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