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Reciprocity Is the Method
to Trump’s Madness

National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/12/2018 11:40:43 AM

Critics of Donald Trump claim that there’s no rhyme or reason to his foreign policy. But if there is a consistency, it might be called reciprocity. Trump tries to force other countries to treat the U.S. as the U.S. treats them. In “don’t tread on me” style, he also warns enemies that any aggressive act will be replied to in kind. The underlying principle of Trump commercial reciprocity is that the United States is no longer powerful or wealthy enough to alone underwrite the security of the West. It can no longer assume sole enforcement of the rules and protocols


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FleetUSA, 7/12/2018 11:43:36 AM     (No. 11691970)

VDH doesn´t use the word "Madness" in the article. Probably National Review´s continued animosity towards Trump.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 7/12/2018 11:50:20 AM     (No. 11691987)

Any analyst could look back at USA foreign policy the past few decades and see that reciprocity was totally missing from our relations with other nations. For example: Saudi expects to build mosques here freely; they do not expect us to build churches in SA, in fact they will freak out and go all jihad. This can no longer be tolerated. No churches in their country? No mosques in ours. reciprocity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Avikingman, 7/12/2018 12:06:17 PM     (No. 11692006)

On TV some years ago, a Saudi official was asked when a church would be built in their country.
His answer: "Don´t be ridiculous."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 7/12/2018 12:53:45 PM     (No. 11692065)

Trump has set about mightily righting a myriad of serious wrongs both inside and outside the USA.

He will go down as one of the most important presidents in American history.

MAGA. Absolutely, and literally.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 7/12/2018 1:11:10 PM     (No. 11692077)

I agree with most of the article. Trump is not interested in tariffs except as a tool. The other countries already have enormous tariffs against American goods and are violating international laws in fair trade.

Trump is simply saying this is NOT fair and it needs to stop. Tariffs were brought in because the other countries refused to consider making things more balanced on their end.

I disagree with "the United States is no longer powerful or wealthy enough to alone underwrite the security of the West". The other countries benefited from US largess after WWII in an attempt to allow the world to recover. They have had MORE than ample time to do that. It´s great that parents cover their kids costs, maybe even through college. But is it fair or smart to be paying their bills when they are 30+ and have their own jobs and family? Maybe the parents are approaching their own retirement and want to put a little aside for it. That doesn´t mean the US is too weak to do it just too smart to be taken advantage of any more.

"Did Trump have to be so loud and often crude"

Yes, because they weren´t responding to polite requests to deal with it and the globalist media was trying to control the narrative. Trump pushes through garbage like that and gets things done.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: suedotsue, 7/12/2018 5:58:57 PM     (No. 11692310)

I agree with #5. I disagree with Hanson´s thesis. It isn´t that US taxpayers are no longer rich or powerful enough to be the world´s cleanup service. US taxpayers should never have been in this role to begin with. No country´s taxpayers should be forced to bear such a burden. The fact that we´ve been global slaves hasn´t improved life on the planet, other than a few years immediately following WWII. Instead, this US caretaker persona has funded a massive US central bureaucracy equal to the Communist Party´s grip on China-all for the purpose in silencing us. Exhibit One is that elections are now a charade. We´re not allowed to have candidates who´ll help us. If we do get a good candidate, both political parties will join in nullifying that person´s election.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MissMann, 7/13/2018 6:18:36 PM     (No. 11693387)

It´s time for the whiny "teenagers" to move out of mommy and daddy´s house and start paying their own way.

Yes, the US helped them recover after WWII, but golly, Beav, that was a long time ago. Meanwhile, you´ve used the US largesse to grow a unsupportable Socialist empire--while trading with the enemy we are paying to defend against! Time to get tough.

Nice job, Mr. President!

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