In response to an article posted to MSN website from the "minds" of
(By MAGGIE HABERMAN and DAVID E. SANGER 12 hrs ago)
writers for the New York Times, with which they made most try to believe they were not "puffing up" Mr. Trump, but took great leaping strides towards back hand slapping the President of the United States!!
Please read the "piece" by the authors and read my comment that follows here.
I again and continually ask that all Democrats get off the couch and get involved in this election and all elections...and at the state and local level also. WE have a voice!!!! But WE must choose to use it, NOW!!!!!!
My comments to the infamous , M. Haberman and D.E. Sanger are thus;
"To Maggie Haberman and David E. Sanger, the listed by line authors of this "article". Whether you are "Trumpists"?, or just some Republicans in drag, or possibly shy reticent Democrats who cannot stand on your own two feet, together you have about as much journalistic credibility and integrity as a third grader!!! I for one will never allow NEW YORK TIMES writers to become slothful nor indignant towards the United States of America. You and others of your ilk have been a driving and seemingly determining force in America to not only back those that would want an us versus them mentality for all Americans, but you personally have shown you need to be re-schooled in the only appropriate manner to address, in word and deed, the sitting President of the United States of America. Your choosing to slide the president into the back water of Mr. Trumps' illogical idiocy, is just "shame on you." But your total lack of respect that you show the sitting President of the United States, by referring to President Obama as "Mr. Obama" in your article says much about not only you but your fool hardy career ambitions!!! You and your editors have shown yourselves to be moral fools, with continuing disregard for not only public decency, but truth and yes, the country you call yours. What you print about Trump is just your big city way of doing things, I guess, but I would suggest that you apologize in print to President Obama, and consider retaking that high school civics class that the both of you and your editors, obviously flunked!!!
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The article says;
Donald Trump’s Trial Balloons Are Catching Up With Him
4 / 18
By MAGGIE HABERMAN and DAVID E. SANGER 12 hrs ago
© Damon Winter/The New York Times Donald J. Trump, after a rally in Bethpage, N.Y., on Wednesday. He has defied Washington consensus to help attract supporters.
WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, Donald J. Trump said he could live with a nuclear-armed Japan and South Korea if it meant they could defend themselves against North Korea without American aid. “I’m not sure that would be a bad thing for us,” he said.
Since then he has changed his tune. After Japanese and South Korean officials raised fears of an Asian arms race, and President Obama ridiculed his remark, Mr. Trump began to say he did not actually want the two countries to obtain nuclear weapons — but that, because of American weakness, “at some point it could happen anyway.”
It was not the first time Mr. Trump has hastily added deflating caveats to his headline-grabbing trial balloons.
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In a debate a month ago, he declared himself in favor of torture if it would extract information from terrorists, then issued a statement saying he would respect the law, then followed it up by saying that the law must be changed.
In a television interview on March 30, he suggested that women who have illegal abortions should face “some form of punishment,” then reversed himself in another carefully worded statement, then suggested in an interview that abortion should remain legal, then effectively clicked “undo” with another written statement.
In each case, Mr. Trump appeared to be seeking a sort of shelter somewhere between his original remark and the wave of objections it set off.
None of this seemed to matter much until recently. But the Trump style — long on gut instincts, short on briefing books — has taken a toll. His opponents have called him reckless and unfit to be commander in chief. Mr. Obama has said Mr. Trump “doesn’t know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula, or the world generally.”
Mr. Trump did not respond to repeated requests to speak with him. His aides say that he is continuing to build out a policy team and will soon give speeches.
During the Nuclear Security Summit meeting a little more than a week ago, Mr. Obama, twisting the knife, said that foreign leaders had taken him aside to ask if Mr. Trump was really serious about pulling back from longtime alliances or effectively bidding them out.
Indeed, several foreign leaders visiting Washington for the summit meeting peppered administration officials and journalists with questions about what Mr. Trump would actually do as president. All the leaders declined to go on the record, saying that if he were elected they would have to deal with him.
But Mr. Trump’s rhetorical journey on letting Japan and South Korea build their own arsenals was instructive.
He first suggested that he was open to arming the two nations during an interview with The New York Times. He also began saying that he would pull out of NATO if European members did not pay a greater share of its costs. “If it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO,” he said at a rally in Racine, Wis.
As Japanese and South Korean officials objected to his comments, Mr. Trump may have begun to recognize that the idea of letting the two countries defend themselves against North Korean threats flew in the face of another of his stated goals: avoiding proliferation. Arms control experts pointed out that if Tokyo and Seoul sought nuclear weapons, they would violate their commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
What made Mr. Trump’s statements most remarkable was that the bedrock principles of American security were being debated at all. For the better part of 60 years, no major candidate has suggested expanding the number of nuclear-armed states, which stands at nine.
And while many have complained that America’s allies fail to carry their weight — Mr. Obama himself did so recently when he told The Atlantic that the Saudis were “free riders” — none have seriously suggested that American security would be improved by pulling back from the deployment of United States forces in Europe or Asia.
“He doesn’t understand diplomacy is not the zero-sum world of commercial real estate, hotels and golf courses,” said R. Nicholas Burns, an undersecretary of state for policy under President George W. Bush, and now a supporter of Hillary Clinton.
“Our allies magnify our power,” Mr. Burns said. “Our trans-Atlantic and Asian alliances are a significant power advantage over China and Russia, who don’t have real allies in the world.”
Yet Mr. Trump’s analysis — like his campaign — cannot be dismissed simply because it violates the Washington consensus. Such defiance has attracted supporters. And, without question, there are strands of his frustration to be found in the mainstream discourse of both parties these days.
It was Mr. Obama who refused to join the 2011 military intervention in Libya until the Arab League and the Europeans, both with more at stake, put some skin in the game. The president’s resistance to sending troops into ground fighting in Syria — though the death toll has surpassed a quarter-million — is rooted partly in the fact that Syria’s Arab neighbors, with a few exceptions, are unwilling to take those risks in their own neighborhood.
And it was the most “establishment” of Republican defense secretaries, Robert M. Gates, who on leaving office in 2010 blasted the Europeans as having driven NATO into strategic irrelevance by failing to put their money where their interests were.
“If current trends in the decline of European defense capabilities are not halted and reversed,” Mr. Gates warned in one of his last major speeches, “future U.S. political leaders — those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me — may not consider the return on America’s investment in NATO worth the cost.”
Mr. Gates’s phrase — “return on investment” — goes to the heart of the emerging Trump doctrine: Allies who will not pay their share, and defend themselves, will not be allies.
The difference is that Mr. Obama, Mr. Gates and Mrs. Clinton are all urging gradual change. Mr. Trump is declaring, perhaps for effect, that he would reconsider the entire structure of postwar alliances.
His impulse also ignores the tangible return on the nation’s investments in alliances: the winning of the Cold War; the sharing of one another’s deepest intelligence secrets by the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; the counterterrorism partnership with France and Germany; and the collaboration in cyberespionage with Israel against Iran.
Alliances move incrementally because getting nations to rethink their core national interests takes time, persuasion, and often coercion.
And while it is tempting to issue ultimatums, it was Mr. Gates, a former C.I.A. director, who observed that three of the least-uttered words in Washington are, “And then what?”