Yablo <-- wrote:
Ideally [being nice to people...], yes, but that's not always true.
It's not always fast
. Leading by example often takes longer than a political cycle. It requires committment to one's principles. It is the very definition of the "high road", without which we are all animals scrambling in the mud.
Being nice is also not effectively done in isolation. That is how one gets run over. I realize that. And sometimes one just has to stick up for onesself and fight.
But picking a fight
is not the same as defending onesself.
Yablo wrote:He is antagonizing many of our allies, I'll give you that, but if it's carefully calculated, that can have a positive effect.
What gives you any idea
that what Trump is doing is carefully calculated, or even calculated at all? What has he ever
done as president that is thought out in even the slightest manner?
Yablo wrote:I don't see attempts at diplomacy and the warming of otherwise cool relations to necessarily be aligning with dictators.
Neither do I. But that is not what is happening. Trump is actively praising these dictators for the brutal things they continue to be doing, and cosying up to them with hardly-disguised envy, while undermining the European Union, labeling Canada (for example) as a security threat, and threatening NATO.
Yablo wrote:There are three ways to achieve peace: Diplomacy (ideal), having military strength (preventative), and using military strength (proactive).
1: Diplomacy is what Trump is not
doing, with the possible exception of North Korea, where he might pull it off (but is most likely being taken for a ride).
2: We already have an extremely powerful military - probably the most powerful one in the world. But when the world is a closet, having a pile of hand grenades doesn't really
3: (Our) Military strength should certainly be used as needed without hesitation in defending us from attack. But threatening to beat the crap out of those that don't agree with us is not the way to world peace, not in the long term. It builds seething resentment and causes the other side to build up their
military forces, which
causes us to
gives us an excuse to waste even more tax money on destructive forces.
Trump is not building world peace. On the contrary, he's setting a time bomb.
Yablo wrote:I believe it's also in America's global interest to promote religious freedom...
...and we do so by banning Muslims from entry into the United States? Really, Trump has done everything he can to destroy the idea of religious freedom, except for Good Christians. And who is he proposing for Supreme Court justice? Somebody that favors the ability of individuals to decide what happens to their own body, or somebody who effectively thinks the Catholic Church should set the rules? (Rules which don't apply to him at a drinking party.)
Yablo wrote:While supporting our allies and gaining positive influence over our enemies is admirable, our global interests should benefit the United States first and the rest of the world second. I don't mean promote the U.S. at the expense of the rest of the world, but...
Sometimes promoting our own interests doesn't promote our own interests.