June 7, 2016


Trump's left-leaning gamble on foreign policy (Marc A. Thiessen, June 7, 2016 | Washington Post)

If you believe in American engagement in the world, Clinton effectively argued, I am your only choice.

Meanwhile, Trump is running to Clinton's left on global affairs in an effort to win over Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) supporters. He believes he can lock in the GOP's growing isolationist/non-interventionist minority, while expanding his support on the left by echoing the policies and even the language of the Democratic socialist on foreign affairs.

Trump responded to Clinton's speech by declaring "I'm the one that didn't want to go into Iraq, folks, and she's the one that stupidly raised her hand to go into Iraq and destabilize the entire Middle East." And he declared last month: "Her decision to go in -- and this was her baby, Libya -- was a disaster." That's indistinguishable from Sanders, who proudly says: "I voted against the war in Iraq . . . Secretary Clinton voted for that war. She was proud to have been involved in regime change in Libya."

Trump is also campaigning on a promise to pull back from the Middle East so that we can spend the money here at home. "We have spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people," Trump says. "If we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges and all of the other problems, our airports and all of the other problems we have, we would have been a lot better off -- I can tell you that right now." This is, almost verbatim, what Sanders says: "We are spending $4 trillion on war in Iraq -- by the way helping to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure -- when what we should be doing is investing that money in our bridges, our roads, our sewer systems, our wastewater plants."

Trump is running to Clinton's left on international trade, never failing to point out that her husband signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. "NAFTA . . . has been a total disaster for the United States and has emptied our states -- literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs," Trump recently declared, echoing Sanders, who declares that Clinton voted "for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs."

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