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Reciprocity Is the Method to Trumpís Madness
American Greatness ^ | July 12, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 07/12/2018 3:26:50 AM PDT by yoe

Critics of Donald Trump claim there is no rhyme or reason to his foreign policy. But if there is a consistency, it might be called reciprocity.

Trump tries to force other countries to treat the United States as it treats them. In “don’t tread on me” style, he also warns enemies that any aggressive act will be replied to in kind.

Trump approaches NAFTA in the same reductionist way. The 24-year-old treaty was supposed to stabilize, if not equalize, all trade, immigration, and commerce between the three supposed North American allies.

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It never quite happened that way. Unequal tariffs remained. Both Canada and Mexico have substantial trade surpluses with the United States. In Mexico’s case, it enjoys a $71 billion surplus, the largest of U.S. trading partners with the exception of China.

Canada never honored its NATO security commitment. It spends only 1 percent of its GDP on defense, rightly assuming that the U.S. will continue to underwrite its security.

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1 posted on 07/12/2018 3:26:50 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

What I love about President Trump is how he tosses these bombs, one after the other, then watches the left melt down over and over. It’s going to wear them out. He purposely announces his Supreme Court nominee the night before he heads off to kick butt at NATO summit, then as the left is just getting warmed up with that meltdown, he’s off to meet with Putin. So much for kids at the border. That was 3 crises’ ago lol.


2 posted on 07/12/2018 3:37:03 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: yoe

Victor Davis Hanson - the only sane person left at National Review. Sad.


3 posted on 07/12/2018 3:39:42 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("I will now proceed to entangle the entire area".)
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To: yoe

I heard Trump say where’s the reciprocity yesterday. I said YES Go Trump Go!


4 posted on 07/12/2018 3:50:43 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: yoe
Did Trump have to be so loud and often crude in his effort to bully America back to reciprocity? Who knows?

The article itself, is as reductionist as it paints President Trump as being, while being convincing as to the necessity of his course. At the end, as so many of these articles do, the writer has an apparent need to posture in moral superiority both jarring and patently false.

I question how anyone that makes effete decency a measuring stick can ever accomplish anything or even presumed to judge other men. POTUS is taking the fight to the various forces that have hollowed out America, as he must, in the posture of someone who has the might & right to enforce better behavior. The number of people who are made uncomfortable by a man who acts with conviction, strength and demands fairness, calling out the evil he sees, really tells me how far the rot has destroyed our Nation and it's self proclaimed "elete".

5 posted on 07/12/2018 3:50:56 AM PDT by JayGalt (You can't teach a donkey how to tap dance.)
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6 posted on 07/12/2018 4:01:43 AM PDT by Covenantor (Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern. " Chesterton)
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To: yoe
Finally someone sees it.
Trump does not want to start a trade war, he's trying to end a war already in progress.
These countries have high tariffs and restrictions against American goods, Trump's goal is to make them lower or eliminate their barriers. Then he'll lower ours.

7 posted on 07/12/2018 4:15:34 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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To: JayGalt
At the end, as so many of these articles do, the writer has an apparent need to posture in moral superiority both jarring and patently false.

You're correct. I find it quite annoying that in every one of his articles about Trump, Hanson feels the need to take a swipe at his character -- usually while agreeing completely with his policy decisions. It is somewhat cowardly of Hanson to keep doing this. Be a man, Hanson, and state the truth: Trump is absolutely right in his policy.

8 posted on 07/12/2018 4:17:40 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: BitWielder1

But what if the tariff brings in tremendous amount of new federal revenue? What if income taxes are lowered in response to this? History tell us income tax rate reductions conversely INCREASE federal revenue. So what if that income tax cut leads to a balanced budget? Maybe the tariff will become permanent! I hope so!


9 posted on 07/12/2018 4:23:09 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: JayGalt
he number of people who are made uncomfortable by a man who acts with conviction

Sorry to pop your bubble, but they are not uncomfortable by a man with conviction. They just wish it was their man (or woman) who was saying this.

If President Hillary Clinton had said these things, they would be up in our face about being misogynistic because we could not handle a strong woman.
10 posted on 07/12/2018 4:28:00 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: BitWielder1
Trump does not want to start a trade war; he's trying to end a war already in progress

Great one-sentence summary of what's going on!

11 posted on 07/12/2018 4:45:24 AM PDT by grania (President Trump, stop believing the Masters of War!)
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To: Psalm 73

Andy McCarthy on the legal stuff


12 posted on 07/12/2018 5:05:43 AM PDT by joshua c (To disrupt the system, we must disrupt our lives. Do nothing and we lose.)
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To: Covenantor

That is a good point, why isn’t the NATO Secretary General enforcing these NATO commitments?

If he is not, he should be fired.


13 posted on 07/12/2018 5:08:12 AM PDT by joshua c (To disrupt the system, we must disrupt our lives. Do nothing and we lose.)
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To: yoe

Bookmark


14 posted on 07/12/2018 5:18:18 AM PDT by Chgogal (Sessions recused himself for shaking an Ambassador's hand. Shameful!)
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To: yoe

VDH delivers again - best article I’ve read in some time.

Thanks for the post.


15 posted on 07/12/2018 6:28:26 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Blennos; JayGalt

“Hanson feels the need to take a swipe at his character”

I didn’t take it that way - especially when he qualified his “crude” comment with the following:

...it seems impossible to imagine that globalist John McCain, internationalist Barack Obama or gentlemanly Mitt Romney would ever have called Europe, NATO, Mexico, and Canada to account, “


16 posted on 07/12/2018 6:33:21 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: joshua c

NATO’s only job is to drag the US into conflicts we would otherwise have no interest in.


17 posted on 07/12/2018 8:26:29 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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To: jonno

I think Hanson may have been torn, preferring gentlemanly but recognizing the need for aggressive bluntness.

I take exception to the word crude and it’s implications if blunt & forthright is meant. Calling a spade a spade is not crude in my book nor is saying you didn’t live up to your agreement and I have been pulling your weight.


18 posted on 07/12/2018 2:38:48 PM PDT by JayGalt (You can't teach a donkey how to tap dance.)
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To: wbarmy

No worries. Hillary is not strong in my book, none of the Left are strong because they have no principles and sway with the wind. Loud, nasty, aggressive but not strong.


19 posted on 07/12/2018 2:40:37 PM PDT by JayGalt (You can't teach a donkey how to tap dance.)
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