Why Trump Would Be a Disaster at Foreign Affairs
Maybe it was just word association, but the controversy over Donald Trump's being disinvited to the RedState Gathering made me flash back over twenty years to my experiences in that far bigger and more important red state -- the Soviet Union.
I was there twice on "cultural exchanges," once with a group of crime writers and once with screenwriters. Later, after communism was replaced by the more pure form of kleptocracy we know now, I was invited to be, of all things, the juror on a film festival in Siberia.
Nothing much had changed. The Russians still profile you to death. They know everything about you -- and most of it, in my case, was true. It's the Russian way, since the czars through the KGB and into our times. Half the country seems to be spying on someone. Everyone gets profiled.
Now in my case, who cares? I count for nothing. But Donald Trump as president would be another matter. Yet Trump is one of the easiest people to profile in intelligence terms. This man is primarily an entertainer and like most entertainers, he desperately wants to be liked. In fact, he's so desperate, if you don't like him even for a second, even if you liked him five minutes ago, he lashes out, pretty much without thinking, as he did with Megyn Kelly.
This is of little import in a mere debate. It might even be entertaining to some. But if I were the folks in Russian, Chinese and Iranian (they're great at this too -- they just ate Obama and Kerry for lunch) intelligence, I would be sitting there smiling like the proverbial Cheshire cat.
Here's how I would imagine they would handle Trump...