The Trump-Pompeo Foreign Policy Fantasyland

Singapore Capitol, the city where NK/U.S. Summit was going to be held

One Trick Trump

On Thursday, May 24th, Trump announced that he would be canceling the North Korea — U.S. summit that had been planned for June.

Soundbites and Pipe Dreams

Here is an exchange between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senator Menendez. The Secretary is trying to explain President Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting.

Lies at Home, Lies Abroad

One theory as to why this administration seems to be so misguided in foreign affairs is that the standards for truth-over-bs are much higher abroad than they are at home. The difference between dishonesty in domestic as opposed to international issues is that in the latter, there are fewer actors to back you up.

Indispensable Loners

My favorite line about modern American foreign policy comes from Senator Tim Kaine about what it means to indispensable versus exemplary.

“I want to scrap the “indispensable nation” — that might have described us at one point in our history, but, as Charles de Gaulle said, “the graveyards are filled with indispensable men.” You cannot say that without there being a hubris component to it; and that hubris, even when you are right, alienates and tends to put distance between yourself and others. Frankly, if we really try to be exemplary, we are more likely to be indispensable than if we try to be indispensable.”

This is the fantasy realm of Secretary Pompeo and President Trump. They assume the indispensability of America and American interests at every turn. Because of this, the Trump administration expects that their asks be fulfilled for no reason other than that America is strong and great and worthy of respect from foreigners.

America is gaslighting the rest of the world and expecting no one to notice.

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