In Mr. Trump’s worldview, the United States has become a diluted power, and the main mechanism by which he would re-establish its central role in the world is economic bargaining. He approached almost every current international conflict through the prism of a negotiation, even when he was imprecise about the strategic goals he sought....I thought a lot about "appeared to reflect little consideration for potential consequences." It could be that Trump is alarmingly uninterested in the details and the downsides of risks. But it could be that Trump, keyed into the task of running for office, is expressing himself aptly in the style that works — "concrete and easily digestible terms" — and simply withholding the elaboration of the problems and the risks. Perhaps he focuses on the task at hand. Right now it's getting enough Americans to vote for him, and if he's President he'll correspondingly lock into that task and do it as well as anyone.
Mr. Trump explained his thoughts in concrete and easily digestible terms, but they appeared to reflect little consideration for potential consequences....
Here's one of the most up-voted comments over there: "We can quibble about details, but this approach is long overdue. Why even have a country if its citizens are not the primary concern of those in power?" And: "Have to agree that it's time to play hardball with Saudi Arabia." And:
Very interesting.ADDED: The NYT reprinted the whole transcript: here.
His macho attitude, and rudeness aside, Mr. Trump raises some very good points.
I agree that nations we deploy troops and military equipment to, either as a deterrent, or for immediate defense, anywhere on the planet, should pay a fair price for that service, a fair price being exactly what the operation costs us. And lest anyone think otherwise, those costs are borne by we, the American taxpayer.
Insofar as Saudi Arabia, and other middle eastern nations wherein we have a presence are concerned, their oil wealth should be given us "free", including shipping costs, and refining, if they do not want to pay in cash.
He should go even further; nations that permit our corporations to relocate there, benefiting their economy's, and destroying ours, should agree to payment of a type of tariff that would be used to create jobs stateside for those who have lost their jobs due to corporations moving overseas, or they should agree to subsidies payable to out of work Americans.
In fact there are a whole slew of options available that would very quickly dissuade corporations relocating overseas.
Its way past time for government to realize that "we the very angry people", are fed up with this one sided representation, and we will end it. The historic inequality we are experiencing is a direct result of the Plutocratic Oligarchy, taking everything, leaving breadcrumbs for the masses, believing they can continue to get away with it.
The elites must be trembling.