Trump and Carson Foreign Policy

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The two Republican front runners are better at brain surgery and bluster than foreign policy.

In the last debate Donald Trump was asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He went on about Chinese currency manipulation. Rand Paul piped up that China isn’t a partner in the deal. In fact the point of the deal is to contain China.

You knew that, right? Neither did I. But The Donald claims he did. The WSJ has its doubts about that.

So does Charles Krauthammer: 

Ben Carson had an awful night — the Chinese intervening in Syria? But it was bookended and thereby saved by two good moments: an early answer, the preemptive “Thank you for not asking me what I said in the 10th grade,” and his closing statement about the suffering in the country being overcome by America’s inner strength.

Trump shares with Carson the GOP’s vast anti-politics constituency, now fully half of the Republican electorate. Carson’s antidote to the nation’s failed politics is moral strength. Trump’s is unapologetic brute strength.

Trump did not have a particularly good night, either. He was again at sea on foreign policy. And when asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade deal he opposes root and branch, Trump did his riff on the Chinese economic menace — to which Paul calmly pointed out that China is not party to the TPP. Indeed, the main strategic purpose of the TPP is precisely to contain China by binding its Pacific neighbors to the United States, thus blunting Beijing’s reach for regional hegemony.

Never mind. As long as the anti-politics mood prevails, neither Trump nor Carson is even dented by such policy misadventures.



2 Responses to Trump and Carson Foreign Policy

  1. Alan Robbins says:

    Bok!!!…..Are there not going to be any “Heart Short” cartoons in this election cycle? I’m thinking something along the lines of Hillary wearing Bill’s “Heart Shorts” or something of the sorts. Pleez bring back the good ol’ days! I can sketch these out on the back of a bar napkin if you need some help.

    Now carrying this a little farther..imagine if the GOP field identifies this as a winning campaign strategy. Think of what the visual of the stage for the next GOP debates would look like? Oh my …Bernie Sanders’ knobby knees. A cartoonists dream and job security for another 4 to 8 years!! I must stop now …my mind is racing like crazy!

    Your cartoon critic and long lost forgotten friend. Alan Robbins

    ps. Hi to Debbie

    • Bok says:


      All Heart Short cartoons are stored on a secret server in a vault at the Clinton Foundation. I have a FOIA request in to free the shorts. Hope to have Bernie Sanders and Dr. Carson fitted for a pair soon. The same pair. Kind of a rejoining of siamese twins.

      Merry Christmas to you and Vanna!

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