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News Foreign Policy Monday, Jun 13 2016

Donald Trump Is Fundamentally Unfit To Be Commander In Chief

Jun 13, 2016

I watch the shows.”  Since claiming this as the source of his military and foreign policy advice, little has changed in Donald Trump’s rhetoric or grasp of foreign policy issues. Trump continues to demonstrate an astounding ignorance of foreign policy issues and, even more concerning, an unstable and dangerous temperament. 

But the country should take solace in the fact that Trump “has a very good brain.

Donald Trump claims to have “an absolute way of defeating ISIS” that would “be very beautiful” — but it’s been over a year and he still hasn’t shared any substantive details. All we know is Trump wants to “bomb the s*** out of them” and pursue the extrajudicial murder of terrorists’ families. But don’t worry, Donald has also assured us that, I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.

But Donald Trump’s dangerous ignorance of foreign affairs and unsophisticated approach to combating global terror pale in comparison to his latest unhinged fear-mongering.

This morning, Donald Trump — a birther who’s dabbled in 9/11-trutherism — returned to his conspiracy theorist roots, insinuating that President Obama is an ISIS sleeper-agent. Less than 24 hours after congratulating himself over “being right” about the deadliest mass-shooting in U.S. history, Donald Trump has accused the President of the United States of being complicit in the attack.

It’s shocking, cynical, and disgraceful, but nothing new for Donald Trump. Over the last year, Trump’s consistently demonstrated his unpreparedness to be the Commander in Chief of the United States.

The “Trump Doctrine” is a dangerous and incoherent mess that violates international law, undermines decades of United States diplomacy, and defies common sense.
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Plans To Alienate Key Allies

Trump demonstrates little to no appreciation of diplomacy and the role of the United States’ in an interconnected world.. 

Ignorance On Foreign Affairs

Trump has a striking ignorance of current foreign affairs. Throughout his campaign, Trump has been stumped by the simplest questions on global affairs:

Lack Of Understanding On Nuclear Policy

Donald Trump is in favor of nuclear proliferation, a position which runs counter to over half a decade of American foreign policy.

Admiration For Dictatorial Leaders

Trump has frequently spoken highly of autocratic and dictatorial leaders.

  • Trump also praised and spoken highly of Putin, arguing: “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”
Advocacy Of War Crimes

Trump supports torture and the execution of terrorists’ families.

  • “You have to take out their families,” Trump’s plan to target terrorists’ families is a stunningly clear violation of the Geneva Convention.
  • Trump wouldn’t be concerned with such violations, however, as he’s objected to the Geneva Convention, calling it “the problem.”

Published: Jun 13, 2016

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