Opinion – The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Trump acted precipitously in Syria with his missile strike on Syria when he had no proper evidence that the gas attack had been perpetrated by Assad and when quite a few sources and an analysis of who benefits suggest that it might have been Saudi Arabia and Jordan whilst others suggest a Russian airstrike on a rebel position released Sarin from a rebel held weapons stockpile that should not have been there in the first place.

Dr Alf is right to say that Obama’s Presidency was a disaster and that Donald Trump’s legacy has yet to emerge as it is too soon.

The Thermobaric weapon dropped on the ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan is the right way to deal with ISIS but should have been used on a much bigger scale when ISIS were known to have been in single locations in Libya and Iraq where we could have destroyed them in much greater numbers and saved risking our troops.

As for Trump’s advisors on military matters they include General Votel and General Mattis who are fairly hard-line but probably right about North Korea which does need to be contained,ideally by the overthrow of Kim Jong Un,ideally by his own people and/or China prodded into action by the prospect of a robust military response by Trump’s strike group off the coast.

Trumps other advisors ,the ex Goldman Sachs people are questionable and I do not like the idea of any President having his daughter and son-in-law working for him in that office because to do so smacks of dynastic succession and the sorts of things we associate with Roman Emperors and medieval kings rather than a modern republic.

The Observer is not being nuanced enough and is being alarmist rather than actually “observing” and then reporting on what is happening.

North Korea has been a troublesome international pariah for some time which at the very least needed to be contained but now seeks to break loose with nuclear tipped ICBM’s.

Forcing the issue is going to be dangerous but doing nothing now poses a greater danger based on the balance of known risks.

That means that Kim Jong Un and possibly some of his generals have to be eliminated and replaced so that the entire Peninsula can once again be a pro-Western democracy.

If this can be achieved without too much bloodshed it will be a very good thing so we will have to see what happens before rushing to quick judgements about Donald Trump.

John Gelmini

Opinion – On a whim and a prayer: Donald Trump’s foreign policy looks more normal than promised | The Economist – John Gelmini

Having read the Economist article which is fair and balanced I tend to agree with Dr Alf in that we cannot make too many hard and fast judgements about Donald Trump until we have allowed more time to pass.

Much of what he promised on the campaign trail he will not be able to deliver as those promises were unrealistic, especially the one about bringing all the jobs back and “stopping China from eating our lunch”.

His more vociferous supporters will be disappointed but can be partially appeased if Donald Trump is seen to try and create jobs at a time when automation is destroying more jobs than anyone could possibly create.

Foreign military adventurism will upset those of his supporters who wanted no more wars but the arms buildup that Donald Trump has triggered will create more jobs in shipbuilding, bomb making, rifle factories, garment factories making military uniforms and in naval shipyards, aircraft factories and in those industries making components.

Doing all that and balancing the budget via something like Glass Steagall is another matter but there is scope to cut corporation tax and increase exports and thus please enough of his supporters to be able to get essential measures passed.

John Gelmini