The Reverend


What do foreign leaders think about Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency?



"They are rattled by it — and for good reason," Obama said. "Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines."



What Obama said in Japan was certainly not breaking news. Foreign leaders and foreign media have been voicing concerns about Trump's, let's say, radical pronouncements, for months. And Obama did not say anything that wasn't true. Many Trump "proposals" do "display either ignorance...a cavalier attitude" or a desire to gain attention from corrupt U.S. media. Trump's devoted followers may not notice these things because that's how it is when you are a member of a cult of personality.....criticism of the Dear Leader does not register.



But political and media leaders in foreign countries DO hear Trump's radical authoritarian messaging. They hear it loud and clear.....and they're concerned, "rattled."



Proving that every day is opposite day when you are Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee explained in responding to the black guy whose U.S. citizenship Trump still doubts, that foreign leaders being "rattled" is a positive thing...



"That's a good thing, I love that word."



"In business, when you rattle someone, that's good," Trump said. "If they're rattled, in a friendly way, that's a good thing ... not a bad thing."



"he said other countries are nervous. I say it’s good if they’re nervous."



That authoritarian strongman schtick reminded me of what I heard from the Bushies back in the glorious 00's, you know, before Obama phucked everything up and made America weak. The notion sold back then was that those jihadist bastards needed to think that U.S. leaders were a bit "crazy", unhinged. That was the only thing that barely-human Arabian Muslims understood on account of they don't "value life" like us exceptional Americans do.



And of course, as the Dick took America into the "shadows" of the "dark side" to rattle those barely-human savages....America and Americans became savages themselves. Abu Ghraib, off shore gulags, torture program, illegal pre-emptive wars of aggression, incinerating Muslim wedding parties and all the rest of the brutal savagery which was supposed to, you know, rattle those pesky suiciders. You see, brutal savagery was the only path to frightening those partially-human Arab Muslims into backing off from their suicide-bombing habits.



As we know now, that all worked out gloriously....after 15 years of savage rattling in a variety of middle eastern Muslim countries...there are many more Muslim "terrorists" than ever before.



Because our "dark side" measures worked so effectively on Arab Muslims, Mr Trump wants to extend that authoritarian strongman, 'America is a bit nuts' routine, to allied nations. It's as if Trump is telegraphing to NATO countries and others....'you think the Dick went a tad crazy in the 00's....just wait until I'm done rattling your pinko asses.'



"In business, when you rattle someone, that's good," Trump said. "If they're rattled, in a friendly way, that's a good thing ... not a bad thing."



First, being Commander in Chief is not a business. It's a weighty responsibility. In business dealings, usually the worst that can happen is that players will lose money. Keeping the people you are negotiating business with "rattled", intimidated, does not usually create fear that they, or their families, or their fellow countrymen, will be incinerated by a hellfire missile. I mean, not usually.



Trump has already made it clear that he wnts to ban all foreign Muslims from being able to enter the Homeland. Just, you know, until we can "figure out what's going on"....which could be another 15 years, or perhaps longer. But Trump doesn't want to just make those sub-human Muslim radicals nervous and rattled....he has threatened allied and NATO countries with withdrawal of U.S. defensive support if those countries don't spend more of their own money on building up defensive arsenals.



To the jihadis, Trump threatens "worse than waterboarding".....which I'm certain will scare the suicide vests off those radicals, right? Why didn't the Dick think of that? To our foreign friends, Trump threatens abandonment. It's all part of the Art of the Deal. Rattle, intimidate, threaten your opponent....make them nervous....keep them guessing about how crazy you are....and then demand capitulation....or else. It's a "good thing".



Continuing with my Thug theme from yesterday, Trump's approach to foreign policy is similar to that of organized crime. 'Wouldn't want anything to happen to your storefront, family, friends, or yourself....so do what I tell you to do. You've seen The Godfather, right.'



In the smaller world we live in today, when negotiations with other countries based on appealing to each country's interests has actually made the world a safer place, the GOP presidential nominee would trashcan that successful method of co-existence and replace it with brute force through unilateral American threats.



Call it what you would like....just don't call it a "good thing".



Yes, foreign leaders are "rattled" at what they hear from Mr. Trump. They would be remiss if they weren't rattled. The question is....why aren't more American voters rattled?