Absence of plan shocker

The Washington Post states the obvious: Trump has never had a plan for dealing with North Korea. Well no kidding, Trump has never had a plan for anything, because he’s had only stupid blurts.

We forget sometimes that President Trump’s political rhetoric was forged not over years of policymaking or in discussions with experts on foreign policy and domestic issues…

Who’s “we”? I don’t forget that. I never forget that for a second. I never forget that Trump is a random brainless blowhard such as you might sit next to on a plane on a bad day, and that he has never had any kind of exposure to policymaking or discussions with experts on foreign policy and domestic issues of any kind whatsoever. I never forget that he can barely read, and does it as little as possible, and that he knows nothing except marketing. Literally nothing. He has a head stuffed full of blurts, and blurts don’t add up to knowledge, no matter how many of them you collect.

We forget sometimes that President Trump’s political rhetoric was forged not over years of policymaking or in discussions with experts on foreign policy and domestic issues, but in weekly phone interviews with “Fox and Friends.” Before he declared his candidacy, the real estate developer and TV personality would appear on the program every Monday morning, weighing in on the issues of the day as the hosts offering their now-familiar lack of criticism of his musings.

I didn’t forget that last part, because I didn’t know it. What on earth did they do that for? Why did anybody anywhere ask Trump for his opinion on the issues of the day? You’d be better off asking the nearest dog.

Host Steve Doocy broached that subject by noting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might soon test a nuclear weapon “or do something dopey like that” — but that China might actually be starting to put pressure on the rogue nation.

“Well, I think China has total control over the situation,” Trump responded. North Korea “wouldn’t exist for a month without China. And I think China, frankly, as you know — and I’ve been saying it for a long time, and people are starting to see that I’m right — China is not our friend.”

And blah blah blah, and somehow we got stuck with Mr Windbag as president.

How did “Fox and Friends” reply to Trump’s argument? Well, the conversation quickly transitioned to Trump having been inaugurated into the pro wrestling Hall of Fame.

To be fair, Trump wasn’t a politician then, so there was much less of a reason to demand a hard answer. Of course, there was also little reason to ask his opinion. But this is the crucible in which Trump’s policy on North Korea was formed — and over the course of the presidential campaign, it didn’t evolve much.

Right, and this is something I don’t forget, and neither do the people I know. We’d be happier and more tranquil, though no less doomed, if we could forget it, but we can’t.

During the general-election debates, Trump stuck to the same theme. “China should solve that problem for us,” he said in September 2016. “China should go into North Korea. China is totally powerful as it relates to North Korea.”

When Trump met with Obama during the presidential transition, Obama reportedly warned Trump that North Korea would be the most urgent problem he would face. Trump, during that period, continued to argue that Chinamust address the North Korea threat and that, under his watch, no North Korean weapon could strike the United States.

Once he became president, though, Trump’s tone shifted.

In April of this year, with the 100-day mark of his presidency looming, Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo that getting China to fix the problem was not that simple. Describing a conversation with President Xi Jinping of China, Trump said that North Korea was the first thing he brought up. However, Xi “then explain[ed] thousands of years of history with Korea. Not that easy.”

“In other words,” Trump said, “not as simple as people would think.”

No, in other words, not as simple as Trump alone among humans said it was for years. Trump is the only person on the planet who thought it would be simply a matter of ordering the Chinese to deal with it and being Big and Tough enough that they would believe it. Nobody else thought that. Nobody else is that ignorant and simpleminded but confident.

Since then he’s been contradicting himself on the subject every few days – China must deal, China can’t deal, China must deal, Oops it turns out to be difficult, who knew. Now that’s some effective plan right there.

China can fix this and needs to. Maybe China can fix this. If China doesn’t fix this, we will. China isn’t fixing this, but can.

The reason for this back-and-forth is obvious: Trump promised that he could put pressure on the Chinese to cut off North Korea, forcing that nation to end its nuclear ambitions. But once Trump took office, that policy proved to be much harder than he’d presented. So, lacking an obvious solution (since none exists), he continues to try to blame China’s policy while explaining why they haven’t been moved to action.

Thus demonstrating to the entire world what an incompetent reckless bozo he is.

The president’s current conundrum is twofold. First, there’s no easy solution. Second, Trump promised that there was one.

Had his policy been crafted by a team other than Fox’s early-morning talk show hosts, that second problem might not exist.

What could possibly go wrong?

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