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The Derb writes:

The Donald Trump campaign is particularly big on “making America great again.” But does the Donald mean the same thing by that phrase that I mean? Yo, Mr. Trump: We have 50,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen stationed in Japan; 38,000 in Germany; 28,000 in South Korea; 12,000 in Italy for crying out loud. You OK with those numbers, Mr. Trump? Hello? I wish someone would ask him.

It’s not a full-fledged answer to his questions, but in Trump’s campaign book, Crippled America, he writes (p34/35):

We defend Germany. We defend Japan. We defend South Korea. These are powerful and wealthy countries. We get nothing from them.

It’s time to change all that. It’s time to win again.

We’ve got 28,500 wonderful American soldiers on South Korea’s border with North Korea. They’re in harm’s way every single day. They’re the only thing that is protecting South Korea. And what do we get from South Korea for it? They sell us products–at a nice profit. They compete with us.

How stupid are we?!

We’re spending trillions of dollars to safeguard other countries. We’re paying for the privilege of fighting their battles. It makes no sense to me.

To put these excerpts in context, Trump doesn’t necessarily call for a draw down in overseas deployments, but strongly insinuates that if the US isn’t compensated an amount commensurate with what it costs us to maintain those overseas deployments, they aren’t worth it.

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  1. Compared to the rest this is the refreshing best. I did not know and I am glad to see it.

  2. Brooks supports Hillary. I called it not that long ago.

    "In January of 2017 someone will stand at the U.S. Capitol and deliver an Inaugural Address. This is roughly the place where Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan once stood. I am going to spend every single day between now and then believing that neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz nor Bernie Sanders will be standing on that podium. One of them could win the election, take the oath, give the speech and be riding down Pennsylvania Avenue. I will still refuse to believe it."

    – quote from some disreputable rag whose name escapes me

  3. One of the best things about this election cycle–and there are many–is how irrelevant Republican, Inc. is turning out to be. No one cares what National Review thinks, not even people who dislike Trump. The punditry class has revealed a naked incompetence in explaining what is going on. That is, they're failing miserably at the only thing they do. David Brooks wasn't even very salient before this. He is positively picayune now.

  4. In return, the US$ is used as a reserve currency.

  5. "That is, they're failing miserably at the only thing they do."

    Yes. It is astonishing and pathetic. I blame the purges of Derbyshire, Buchanan and a number of others for the media being so stupid. They have systemically eliminated everyone interesting and truth-telling.

    In fact, Soviet-style, the system seems now to select for people who can recite Cathedral cant the best. The Bruce Jenner thing was interesting because although he is 0.0 percent female, the 'Human Rights Campaign' with its untold millions and gay "marriage" already in the bag had exactly task at that time, to unemploy anyone in public life who dared to state the obvious about that one man.

    The ones who never step in it are the David Brookses of the world, hard-wired for perfect conformity. The last decade has been a continuous series of tests to select for the dullest and most conforming for important positions.

  6. exactly *one* task

  7. Intuitivereason,

    China has been (relatively) quietly dumping treasuries for a couple of years now. They've been unhappy about our Korean presence for sixty years.

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