Trudy Rubin, who is currently touring the Far East, notes that twitting twits cannot be equated with diplomatic diplomats. A snippet:
Yes, there is justification for a firmer U.S. stance toward China on trade imbalances and freedom of the seas and Beijing’s reluctance to squeeze North Korea. But berating the Chinese with no strategy behind the bluster won’t work to America’s advantage, as I heard repeatedly from Chinese officials, academics, and think tankers, as well as from American businessmen in China.
Nor do tweets convey toughness to the Chinese.
Indeed, Trump’s modus operandi is more likely to provoke Chinese retaliation than produce a great deal.
Do read the rest.
The inherent weakness of relying on the Bully’s Pulpit as one’s go-to strategy is that, when you meet someone who won’t be bullied, just what the heck do you do next?
Addendum, Later That Same Afternoon:
Dick Polman has more. A snippet:
On my heavens. The update that Juanita Jean posted after I first read this post is absolutely insanely chilling.
I shall have to stop eating mushrooms. They remind me of Trumpian clouds.
The Seattle Times wonders how canceling the order for new planes creates jobs. Meanwhile, Noz points out that the reason for Trump’s dissatisfaction with plans for Boeing to design and build the new planes is obvious. Here’s the gist:
Some Trump voters seem surprised to find out that he is exactly who he has been for his whole public life.
Who woulda thunk?
Via Raw Story.
Once more, it’s only a matter of time . . . .
From a high-rise rooftop on the west side of the Schuylkill, a 20-year-old Drexel University student allegedly operated a flying camera drone recklessly all the way to the Ben Franklin Bridge, and it nearly collided with a police helicopter Wednesday evening.
At one point, Joseph Roselli allegedly flew the drone as high as 1,500 feet, which is restricted for use by Philadelphia International Airport.
Roselli was charged with risking a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another person, court records show.
I was in my local drug store the other day. They had quadcopters for sale on the toy rack.
Thinking is a lost art.