Regular readers and good Scissorheads know that we do not (generally) comment on international politics. It is not our wheelhouse (as the kids don’t say anymore) and as is frequently pointed out to me, I know nothing about nothing. (Fact Check: True!) But when has that ever stopped us?
That said, this story in Politico about the democracy protests in China caught my eye:
“Lawmakers and government officials across Washington, including some of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, are growing increasingly alarmed about the unrest in Hong Kong.
“One person, however, seems less concerned than most: Trump.”
The article says that some in China are suspicious that the US is behind the protests, which I find sweetly naive considering that Hair Füror is doing everything he can domestically to destroy democracy here, and that he loves a strongman dictator and seeks out their approving gaze.
“Trump has so far stayed relatively blasé about the Asian crisis, telling reporters on Tuesday: “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed.”
Now, most normal prznints would have a contingency plan, but as we’ve noted since—(checks notes)—forever, Comrade Stupid is not normal.
“At the White House, however, aides to Trump, including his economic advisers, are watching events closely and worry that it could spiral out of control, according to a current and a former White House official. It’s not clear what, if anything, Trump wants to do in response, the sources said.
“The official acknowledged that Trump appears less interested in the matter than the trade negotiations with China. But he said aides around the president were used to the way he prioritizes such things.”
Let’s keep an eye on this thing, as it could escalate quickly. No one in the 4th Reich is capable of diplomacy, and Trump is not a defender of democracy (only capitalism) so this whole situation could go south really fast.