“Foreign policy will require a strategic agility that, whenever possible, gets ahead of problems, strengthens U.S. security and alliances, and promotes American interests and credibility.” — Chuck Hagel
F R I E N D S H I P O R I N T I M I D A T I O N ?
Imagine if you will a United Sates of America that has erected security walls that not only protect it from the “bad hombres” from Mexico south of the border but also a wall that divides the country from the close contact with its closest trading partner and ally Canada.
This idea might not be that far-fetched. The xenophobic mentality and hysteria rampant in the White House one day might view Canada as a political safe haven for all those “bad dudes” that are entering that country by the dozens. The president might view this as a slight to his omnipotence and ask U.S. taxpayers to also foot the bill for its construction.
But take heart. The tax paying public has been assured that the US – Mexico wall will eventually pay for itself — a cost that has been estimated at being over 21 billion dollars. That is definitely an optimistic sign since the payment for the wall has been taken out of both Mexico and taxpayers hands.
We are all trying to figure out how an inanimate wall will pay for itself. Probably it will be built on wheels and be portable enough to transport around the world to prevent insurgents from destroying other countries real estate and archival treasures.
On another topic if you watched the way Trump shook the hand of the Japanese Prime minister, Shinzo Abe, you noticed how long and how forceful he held his hand.
For a few moments the face of the visiting dignitary registered a look of bewilderment as his hand was held captive by the president. Was this an act of political dominance and submission or something else.
On another matter it is rumored that Trump wanted Mr Trudeau to enjoy a hearty lunch of American cuisine. The president ,fearful that Trudeau would be exposed to some great tasting Mexican cuisine that is usually served at Taco Bell or Chili restaurants, ordered some take out food from Jack-in-the-box.
I guess the prez feared that exposing Trudeau to any form of Mexican culture would sway the visiting PM to side with US protesters marching against the erection of the wall. — gc