The Trump Doctrine: “We’re America, Bitch!”

By | 2018-06-12T08:32:44+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

How poetic.

Courtesy of The Atlantic:

The best distillation of the Trump Doctrine I heard, though, came from a senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking. I was talking to this person several weeks ago, and I said, by way of introduction, that I thought it might perhaps be too early to discern a definitive Trump Doctrine.

“No,” the official said. “There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine.”

“What is it?” I asked. Here is the answer I received:

“The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.”

It struck me almost immediately that this was the most acute, and attitudinally honest, description of the manner in which members of Trump’s team, and Trump himself, understand their role in the world.

I asked this official to explain the idea. “Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything.” President Trump, this official said, “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does.” I later asked another senior official, one who rendered the doctrine not as “We’re America, Bitch” but as “We’re America, Bitches,” whether he was aware of the 2004 movie Team America: World Police, whose theme song was “America, Fuck Yeah!”

“Of course,” he said, laughing. “The president believes that we’re America, and people can take it or leave it.”

“We’re America, Bitch” is not only a characterologically accurate collective self-appraisal—the gangster fronting, the casual misogyny, the insupportable confidence—but it is also perfectly Rorschachian. To Trump’s followers, “We’re America, Bitch” could be understood as a middle finger directed at a cold and unfair world, one that no longer respects American power and privilege. To much of the world, however, and certainly to most practitioners of foreign and national-security policy, “We’re America, Bitch” would be understood as self-isolating, and self-sabotaging.

Oh, God! It’s like the country is being run by a frat house on steroids. 

And the problem is that those “bitches” they are referring to include our allies. 

Yet oddly enough, it does not seem to apply to our traditional foes like Russia and North Korea. 

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14 Comments

  1. Elizabeth June 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Anyone else eagerly waiting for news on the historic summit?

    I’m gong to offer a prediction here, it’ll be more boring than anything else. And for Trump, boring is a death sentence. So as usual, he’ll boast about his wonderful deal-making skills by leaving the summit with NO deals or arrangements of any kind. Not even a pinky swear out of Kim Jong Un.

    • anon June 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      No advisors, no note-takers for posterity.
      Drumpf will come out all smug saying nothing, after he promises everything he shouldn’t. But he will say, “it was great. Beleive me. We had a really goo talk, the best. ”
      Little Kim will go home telling his people that Drumpf surrendered to him.

    • Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      I’m ignoring it, myself, best I can and hoping as you are for the exact same reasons.

    • Anonymous June 12, 2018 at 2:30 am

      Well trump lies about everything so who know what the truth really is, hopefully all they talked about is their hair.

      If trump makes the comment: he is a really nice guy, we know we are in trouble.

      Read this am that trump is calling off the military exercises with South Korea because they are too expensive and SK doesn’t pay their share, so Kim is getting something, an unarmed south ready to be invaded.

    • Beaglemom June 12, 2018 at 4:06 am

      It’s easy. Both of them will declare clearcut victories. I’ve already read this morning that the US will no longer be doing military exercises with South Korea. And I bet we’ll be pulling troops away from there as well. That should make both South Korea and Japan, as well as other “former” allies, like Australia and New Zealand, just a tad more nervous.

      Trump can NOT come back without “total victory,” even if that victory is only in his mind. He is, after all, the best deal maker who ever lived. He’s counting on this success for reelection and for carrying the GOP through the midterms this fall. And Kim, or whatever his name is, is in the same predicament. He has to be the victorious one as he trundles back, with his port-a-potty, to North Korea. So, it’s going to be a total win-win although actually it’s a nothing-nothing because, once North Korea patches up its testing system, they’ll be back in the warmongering business but Trump will not be paying attention. He’ll be too busy building that wall between the US and Canada.

      • anonymous June 12, 2018 at 7:45 am

        https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/kim-jong-un-why-did-he-bring-own-toilet-to-trump-summit.html

        turdles back, with his port-a-potty

        ” According to Russian newspaper reports dug up in 2016, Stalin’s secret police would secure the excrement of other world leaders and study them in a secret lab to construct psychological profiles. Most notably, a former Soviet agent reported that Stalin’s spies collected waste from Mao Zedong from special toilets they installed for a 1949 visit to Moscow.”

  2. Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    What Uncle Gryph….no open thread for the summit? I miss the old days.

    • Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      It’s behind closed doors. Watch the hype on your favorite channel.

    • Anonymous June 12, 2018 at 1:43 am

      He is not your Uncle. Just a (decent and well meaning) guy with his own character and take running a a semi, and sometimes very entertaining mostly political blog at times. The old format served your old timers much better. Yes, you have been beaten up on it enough, and you are not going back. just want you to appreciate, what we all appreciated in the old format. Truly. Only honest request is don’t ban your naysayers that may have valid opposing opinions on matters of the day as ‘trolls’. Conversation should never be one sided, even if in the end there is no agreement or even a ‘happy ending’. It is always important just to share opinion whether it is accepted or not. Minds can meet, even if they don’t agree 100% or even 0%, at least it shows intelligent communication and humanity has a chance.

  3. anon June 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    lol Kim doesn’t need a translator because Trump speaks in such second grade language.

  4. Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    The Trump Doctrine: Now THERE’S one that $arah can remember, only three words.
    C’mon, honey, you’ve got index cards hanging around, Give yourself a couple hours to memorize.
    She sure as heck couldn’t explain The Bush Doctrine….she thought it was how she got grandkids ala Bristol.

    • Anon June 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Kim is aware of the money laundering.
      He thinks Sarah is crazy. Now that’s saying something. Now he has to deal with Donny being a toddler tossing a fit.

  5. Anonymous June 11, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Web of elite Russians met with NRA execs during 2016 campaign

    Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.

    The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.

    Other influential Russians who met with NRA representatives during the campaign include Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russia’s defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russia’s largest philanthropies, the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation. The foundation was launched by an ultra-nationalist ally of Russian President Putin.

    The Russians talked and dined with NRA representatives, mainly in Moscow, as U.S. presidential candidates vied for the White House. Now U.S. investigators want to know if relationships between the Russian leaders and the nation’s largest gun rights group went beyond vodka toasts and gun factory tours, evolving into another facet of the Kremlin’s broad election-interference operation.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/latest-news/article212756749.html

    • Anon June 12, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Lord of War movie is enlightening.
      Fast forward to modern day tactics.
      Elite Russians will go back to Russia.
      “Sneeking” over to USA to crash market.
      And they are hiding in plain sight folks.
      Too bad when they all get deported.
      They leave and the money stays. ; )

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