President Obama had exceptional diplomatic skills. He had two Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, who were highly qualified for their positions. A nuclear arms agreement had been reached with Iran. Our relationship with China improved greatly. Mr. Obama maintained a relationship with Russia which could be called ‘cautious but cordial.’ Now America is forced to accept Trump and his totally unqualified circle of sinners.
Trump loves to brag that he ‘makes great deals.’ I haven’t witnessed a single example which would prove that to be true. Trump is a bully; maybe that’s what he means by making deals.
When he selected Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, I was concerned, and now I know that I had a right to be very nervous. Tillerson is an oil man; not a politician or a diplomat. He is unskilled and unqualified for his position.
After Trump threatened Kim Jong-un with a nuclear attack, Tillerson’s support of this rash and dangerous provocation by a President of the United States is unforgivable but proves that he is unfit to head the Department of State.
He claimed that Trump “just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.’s unquestionable ability to defend itself.” He then added; “I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days.” This once again proved that he knows nothing about tyrants or dictators; he simply fueled the fire.
Our military has proven since the end of WWII, wars can no longer be seen as ‘winnable.’ We lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and continue to lose in Afghanistan. A nuclear war is unthinkable. When Harry Truman decided to drop atomic bombs on Japan, he must have known that as many as 146,000 innocent men women and children would be slaughtered unmercifully in Hiroshima, and 90,000 in Nagasaki. Although Kim Jong-un is undoubtedly a despot who murders all dissenters, including his own family members, a nuclear attack on North Korea would kill thousands of men, women, and children who are already suffering from hunger and abject poverty. In addition, Trump is risking the lives of 168,000 American citizens on Guam.
I believed I had heard the most outrageous threat in history, until Trump threatened Argentina with military action. Argentina? What have they done to the United States?
Trump is another Republican president who supports imperialism.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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