The Great Hippo wrote:Of course he's this clueless with international politics. How could anyone in their right mind listen to Donald Trump for more than five minutes and not realize that he's this clueless with international politics? This is not an M. Night Shyamalan movie; the election does not end with Donald Trump ripping off his mask to reveal himself as Kofi Annan. He's Donald fucking Trump. It's going to be a goddamn disaster -- and if you didn't see that coming, you haven't been paying attention.
Like, dude -- this Taiwan stuff isn't even a blip on the radar. I'm going to be pleasantly surprised if he gets through the Presidency without directly threatening to nuke anyone. That's the bar we're working at, here.
I'm less worried about his accepting the call from Taiwan's president than I am about his reaction to the consequent shitstorm. There are diplomatic ways to say "oops" or let everyone agree it never happened. A childish response like "we sell weapons to them but we can't talk to them?" is not
one of them.
If he's not being a moron, then this looks like some attempt to pivot in a way that China becomes the Big Bad, rather than Russia the way it's been over the Obama administration. But what's the point, and who gains what?
I'm not talking about a case where the military has a surplus of tanks, and cuts a deal to shove 'em over to the police (which yes, has happened, and yes, is horrible). I'm talking about a case where Trump decides that the problem here is that there isn't enough 'law' and 'order', and solves this problem by actively sending them more tanks.
Fair enough. I can't imagine this happening though--if this ever actually happened, then this country will have already crossed into civil war.
I don't actually see the problem here. Pakistan is not our enemy, and they are not actively at war with India. If there are any secret motivations to improving relations with Pakistan, it's probably got something to do with the Taliban in the north and in Afghanistan rather than taking sides in any future conflict with India.
I think that Trump is actually somewhat popular in India, at least among supporters of the BJP (though probably not supporters aiming to get H1B visas or US green cards), and as far as anyone over there would care about American politics. In the few discussions I've had about subcontinental politics with Indian coworkers and roommates, I get the impression that Narendra Modi receives a lot of credit for the IT boom in India, so at least in those areas he's well-liked...but this is coming entirely from members of the Hindu majority who are almost all from Tamil Nadu, rather than a good representative sample...and my coworkers who are here on H1B visas are worried about what Donald Trump's election means for their prospects here.