Sunday on Meet the Press, Donald Trump ran afoul of fact when NBC’s Andrea Mitchell laid bare the truth about the Republican presidential frontrunner, saying Trump is “completely uneducated about any part of the world,” and that “When he doesn’t know something, he just changes the subject, makes it all about himself.”
This is not exactly what you want to see in a presidential candidate. This has been fairly obvious for some time, but, for example, if you read the transcript of The New York Times‘ telephone interviews with Trump about foreign policy, it becomes blindingly obvious that Trump is literally just winging it, a literal mental sh*tstorm of ideas based on bits of knowledge, Republican talking points and whatever his cronies have told him about himself.
Most glaringly, he failed the “Palin Test,” being unable to name any sources of information, books or articles, he had read or used to inform himself.
Huffington Post has identified a Trump Doctrine which is essentially that of another president who saw things in absolutes, Ronald Reagan, to be defined as “peace through economic and military strength.” What happens, though, when the country is not the economic shambles Republicans claim (it is in fact no longer 2008, the year they’re campaigning against) and when we already have that military strength?
For example, in talking about Japan, China, and North Korea, Trump said when we entered into our arrangement to protect Japan we were “a rich country with a strong military” and that “We’re not anymore. We have a military that’s severely depleted.” Never mind that we have not only the single largest military on the entire planet, but as of 2015, U.S. spends on defense more than the next nine countries combined.
So yes, Donald Trump is completely uninformed about the world and completely unfit to occupy the White House. The Washington Post has analyzed these interviews and other Trump utterances and their findings, organized as “9 key points,” paint a scary picture of a Trump-driven world.
Though he denies it, Trump’s policies make him an isolationist, and we find ourselves in a future of nuclear proliferation, one where the U.S. pulls back from NATO at a time when Russia is flexing its muscles in Eastern Europe, and one where, as Mitchell has pointed out, decisions are made in complete ignorance of the facts (Trump proved he wasn’t even aware of certain Iran sanctions).