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Old October 19th, 2017, 08:30 PM   #1
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The Trump Doctrine

Thomas L. Friedman OCT. 17, 2017

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the "Trump Doctrine." Itís very simple. And, as youíd expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trumpís position is: "Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it."

And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency. Itís not the presidentís juvenile tweeting or all the aides whoíve been pushed out of his clown car at high speed or his industrial-strength lying.

Itís Trumpís willingness to unravel so many longstanding policies and institutions at once ó from Nafta to Obamacare to the global climate accord to the domestic clean power initiative to the Pacific trade deal to the Iran nuclear deal ó without any real preparation either on the day before or for the morning after.

Indeed, Trump has made most of his climate, health, energy and economic decisions without consulting any scientists, without inviting into the White House a broad range of experts, without putting forth his own clear-cut alternatives to the systems heís unraveling, without having at the ready a team of aides or a political coalition able to implement any alternatives and without a strategic framework that connects all of his dots.
 
In short, weíre simply supposed to take the presidentís word that this or that deal "is the worst deal ever" ó backed up by no serious argument or plan about how he will produce a better one.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/o...-doctrine.html
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Old October 19th, 2017, 09:15 PM   #2
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Thomas L. Friedman OCT. 17, 2017

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the "Trump Doctrine." Itís very simple. And, as youíd expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trumpís position is: "Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it."

And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency. Itís not the presidentís juvenile tweeting or all the aides whoíve been pushed out of his clown car at high speed or his industrial-strength lying.

Itís Trumpís willingness to unravel so many longstanding policies and institutions at once ó from Nafta to Obamacare to the global climate accord to the domestic clean power initiative to the Pacific trade deal to the Iran nuclear deal ó without any real preparation either on the day before or for the morning after.

Indeed, Trump has made most of his climate, health, energy and economic decisions without consulting any scientists, without inviting into the White House a broad range of experts, without putting forth his own clear-cut alternatives to the systems heís unraveling, without having at the ready a team of aides or a political coalition able to implement any alternatives and without a strategic framework that connects all of his dots.
 
In short, weíre simply supposed to take the presidentís word that this or that deal "is the worst deal ever" ó backed up by no serious argument or plan about how he will produce a better one.

Iím open to improving any of ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/o...-doctrine.html
This is clearly accurate....the question I have is WHY?

I find it likely it is personal and involves skin color.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 09:13 AM   #3
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It looks like the Trump Administration is evolving into a Monty Python comedy sketch-everyone knows the King is Batshit crazy but they keep going around like some day he will snap out of it. In the mean time they try to keep him away from dangerous stuff like knives, swords or fire only in Trumps case it's the nuke codes. Eric Idle would be proud.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 09:42 AM   #4
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Hopefully he stays away from the Holy Hand grenade of Antioch.
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