Foreign policy can be confusing. Political candidatesâ€™ foreign policy positions can be even more confusing. Confused? Fret not; here is your Daily Chrenkâ€™s short guide to Donald Trumpâ€™s and Hillary Clintonâ€™s takes on the top international hot button issues.
Hillary: Can be blackmailed by Putin
Trump: Doesnâ€™t need to be blackmailed by Putin
Hillary: Reset. Reset. Reset. Damn it, Huma, whatâ€™s wrong with this button?
Trump: Russia has not invaded Ukraine. Manafort told me.
Trump: Have they paid?
Hillary: Have they paid the Clinton Foundation?
Trump: Might use (the weapons)
Hillary: Might lose (the codes, like Bill)
Hillary: What does the polling say?
Hillary: Will stop arming
Trump: Will kill wives and children
Iraq and the Middle East
Hillary: Continue highly successful Obama Administration policies
Trump: Steal their oil
Hillary: What difference does it make?
Trump: We were better off with Qaddafi in power. But I would have authorisedÂ surgical strikes to remove him.
A more serious point:
If this were a blind test â€“ if I didnâ€™t know anything else about the candidates, and if I were only shown a list of their foreign policy positions, I would vote for Hillary, by a long mile. This is not a praise of her policies, which arenâ€™t that great to start with, and judging by her past track record at the State she would make them even worse in office, but the recognition how terrible Trumpâ€™s isolationist, â€œlittle Americaâ€ policies are.
As it is, Iâ€™m delighted Iâ€™m not an American and donâ€™t have to make a decision in November. To me, and to many people I know and respect, this election is like an anti-Sophieâ€™s choice: you want to kill both your children but you can kill only one.