To truly do this story justice, one would need a long and well-researched investigative report on the history of the treaties that have maintained America’s interests around the world. We’d need to dive into the geopolitical atmosphere that surrounds the pros and cons of maintaining a strong presence in east Asia as it pertains to defense, trade, and influence.
Or, we could read a single quote from a former Ambassador to both Iraq and Korea, Christopher Hill.
In one sentence, Ambassador Hill, who served three Presidents and is currently the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, breaks down the problem that Donald Trump has with foreign affairs. In a nutshell, he doesn’t get it. This isn’t a learning gap that he can magically study for like a 70-year-old college freshman. The world is facing turmoil on literally hundreds of fronts and the idea that on-the-job-training combined with his successes in real estate and entertainment (while ignoring his gloriously long string of failures every time he ventures outside of real estate and entertainment) will somehow make him qualified to make these decisions is insane.
I would prefer it if he just said, “I don’t know but I will listen to my advisers.” I could almost buy that. What I cannot buy is the idea that he believes he has all the answers already.
Of course, Japan and South Korea aren’t happy with the potential next President of the United States.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 31, 2016
His supporters will say that the relationships are “unfair” (as a constant victim, it’s Trump’s favorite word) and that it makes sense for the President of the United States to promote the idea of nuclear proliferation. For the rest of us who recognize his plan as the disaster that it is, all we can do is hope that he’s never given the opportunity to fulfill his campaign promises.