Editorial

Trump positions himself to Clinton's left

Friday, April 29, 2016

Presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a foreign policy speech on Wednesday in Washington, reading from a teleprompter and staying mostly on script.

The speech contained some contradictions within the speech and with past Trump positions, but the underlying theme of "America First" promises a foreign policy that is more restrained than that of the hawkish Hillary Clinton.

Also, Trump is more consistently opposed to allowing manufacturing jobs to move to countries with slave-like working conditions.

Clinton's major problem with Libya is probably not what happened in Benghazi, but rather her support for the multi-national effort to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, an effort that left an opening for ISIS in Libya.

Because of Bernie Sanders' opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Clinton has changed her previous support for TPP to opposing some of the details of that agreement, but she can be expected to resume her support after minor tweaking.

Although Trump is generally supportive of the billionaire class, his wealth was accumulated from being a real estate developer, so he feels no common interest with investors who take advantage of off-shore manufacturing opportunities.

Among the self-contradictions in Trump's foreign policy, Trump had previously talked about the trillions of dollars America has spent on the military and proposed that this money should be spent on constructive endeavors. In the speech on Wednesday, Trump proposed increasing military spending.

Also, Trump plans to eliminate ISIS, and presumably eliminate whatever radical Islamic groups rises up to replace ISIS and then whatever group replaces that one and presumably all of the currently active radical groups that are getting less publicity than ISIS but pose as great a security risk to America.

This seems to be a promise to keep us on the path of perpetual war.