Tuesday, December 6, 2016

OMG Did Trump Just Flip Pat Buchanan?

Long thumb Pat Buchanan under the Trump ether?
In a new essay discussing Donald Trump's phone call to  Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and subsequent Trump provocative tweets on China, Pat Buchanan writes:
Thus Trump's phone call seemed the right signal to Beijing—while we recognize one China, we have millions of friends on Taiwan in whose future as a free people we retain an interest.
What the hell is this from Mr. America First? We have an interest in the free people of Taiwan? Does Buchanan want Taiwan to become the 52nd state?

Buchanan must be aware he is almost completely under the Trump ether but still has some limited ability to think independently since after discussing our "interest in the free people of Taiwan,"  he closes with this on the provocation of China:
Before we go down this road, President-elect Trump and his foreign policy team ought to think through just where it leads—and where it might end.



  1. Bob,what are you so hysterical about? Have you tried free trade with communist China, "it is a one way street"(Quote from Trump). I deal with them daily. My brother had to partner with China (51% Chines and access to all IP) to get into the Chines Market.

  2. I think it is the other way around. Pat has always been for Free China and was against Nixon going to Red China and meeting with Mao.

  3. The new info is DT was called by Taiwan after nuclear capable Chinese aircraft circled the whole island.
    Something the Chinese have never done before.

    Perhaps a pause on this issue is in order.

    1. So does this mean the US should meddle? I don't think so. A greater error by Trump.

    2. We don't have to meddle, but I'm sure you're not rejecting Ron Paul's policy that "Free trade with all and entangling alliances with none has always been the best policy in dealing with other countries on the world stage. This is the policy of friendship, freedom and non-interventionism..."

  4. It drives me crazy everytime a US politician complains about China devaluing its currency against the USD. The US is the biggest currency manipulator/inflator of all and China is only trying to keep up.

    About Pat B, I believe his last sentence is more representative of his conclusion - don't give in to China on everything, but be careful.