Another “Wrong Person For The Job”

An ambassador is the highest-ranking representative to a specific nation or international organization abroad. An effective ambassador has to be a strong leader—a good manager, a resilient negotiator, and a respected representative of the United States. An ambassador to a foreign nation is to remain completely neutral of the domestic politics in the countries in which they serve.

Germany is the most populous nation in the European Union and has at its head Chancellor Angela Merkel, an astute and effective leader.  Trump’s first ambassador to Germany was Richard Grenell, about whom I’ve written before.  Grenell got off on the wrong foot almost from the moment his feet first touched German soil and he added insult to injury for as long as he remained.

On June 1st, Grenell formally resigned from his post, although since February he had devoted most of his time to being the acting Director of National Intelligence and largely neglected his duties as ambassador, likely much to the relief of Chancellor Merkel and others.  Now, Donald Trump has nominated yet another poor choice to the position of Ambassador to Germany, Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor.

macgregorLet me tell you just a bit about Macgregor. He is a bigot and a xenophobe.  He is a frequent contributor and commentator for both Fox ‘News’ and RT, a Russian state-controlled international television network, where he freely expresses his views.

He often demonized immigrants and refugees. He warned Mexican cartels were “driving millions of Mexicans with no education, no skills and the wrong culture into the United States, placing them essentially as wards of the American people.” He repeatedly advocated to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border and “shoot people” if necessary.

He has claimed that Muslim migrants were coming to Europe “with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.” He criticized Germany for giving “millions of unwanted Muslim invaders” welfare benefits rather than providing more funding for its armed services.

Macgregor’s nomination is already seeing opposition in the Senate, however. Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez, whose committee oversees Macgregor’s nomination, has said that Macgregor’s comments disqualify him from any government office and called on his colleagues to reject Macgregor.

“Colonel MacGregor’s public statements over the years on immigration, Muslims, and our relationship with Germany should disqualify him for any government office, much less to represent the United States as an ambassador. Even if his views reflect those of President Trump, it is incumbent on the entire Senate, including Senate Republicans, to reject this nominee.”

I would like to hope that the Senate doesn’t merely rubber-stamp this one as they have done so many others, but with Mitch McConnell calling the shots, it is likely what will happen.

Trump himself has been critical of Angela Merkel and more than a few times has bullied and berated Chancellor Merkel in phone calls, even going so far as to call her stupid.  One must ask, when we consider Trump’s attitude toward Merkel, and his two choices for ambassadors to Germany, what his goal is?  We expect our ambassadors to be respectful toward the leaders and citizens of their host nation, but Grenell never was, and from all indications, Macgregor will not be, either.  Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has shredded long-established relationships with our allies, while cozying up to autocrats such as Putin, Bolsonaro, Erdoğan, Mohammad Bin Salman, and even Rodrigo Duterte.  What, exactly, is the game he is playing?  For certainly it is a game … Trump is a game-player, never a straight-forward and honest ‘man’.

Meanwhile, Trump is planning to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from bases in Germany, a move that is opposed by both republicans and democrats, as well as former military officials, who say the move will benefit Russia. I’ve long said that the reason Putin was so eager to help Trump win the 2016 election is he saw in Trump an ignorant ‘man’ who would be easily manipulated … a puppet, so to speak, to do his bidding.  Nothing I have seen since has disabused me of that notion.

Frankly, if I were Chancellor Merkel I would be sorely tempted to tell Trump to keep his ambassador on his own side of the Atlantic and I would bring my own ambassador home, let Trump put that one in his pipe and smoke it for a time.  Diplomatic relations require a number of things in order to work, with mutual respect at the top of the list.  Donald Trump respects nobody, and he makes that point with every decision he makes, with every sentence he utters.  In less than four years, he has taken us from a respected friend and ally to a pariah among most every nation.  It is almost as if his goal is to make the U.S. the most hated nation in the western world.  His “America First” policy could very well be the undoing of decades of diplomatic efforts.

17 thoughts on “Another “Wrong Person For The Job”

  1. Reading between the lines is often a dangerous task, but it can be a very rewarding one, Sometimes it can even be exciting. But best of all is when it gets entertaining.
    Back in 2017, I used to entertain myself, and Jill, by making up new names for Donald J. Trump. One of my favourites was Drunk (with power) Junk Trunk. Okay, I’m lieing, but my favourite malapropism has disappeared into the Mysths of Time. (That is a mouthful, trying to join Mists and Myths together at the same time, but hey, it works for my purposes.)
    Lately I’ve been thinking about reviving that game. My first attempt was just using the 2 letter initials, DT, and my first thought was actually a real steal. Donnie Trump became the new Deep Throat. Considering his love affair with Vlad, i thought it was quite apt. Then tonight I tried the 3 letter initials, DJT. My over-active mind came up with Dinky Jinxie Texttoys. Again, apt, but in a weird funny kind of way. But for this comment, I really have to start with the real steal. Does this new version of Deep Throat really think he can run a Domestic War at the same time as a Foreign War somewhere abroad. Unthinkable, right? Not when it comes to Tricky Donnie. Has any recent national leader ever INTENTIONALLY run two wars at the same time? I am not talking about situations like world wars which get fought on many fronts simultaneously. I could be wrong, but not Alexander the Great, not Caesar, not Napolean Bonaparte, not a whole list of Atillas and Genghis Kahns, none of these Freaks of Warfare has ever fought so hard as Dinky Jinxie Texttoys has to start a “double war.” America, and maybe Germany. Who knows. Germany has no nukes, so there is that, and why not attack them, before they attack us, for the Third time. Yeah, he’ll choose Germany.
    Where did I get this idea from? From “reading between the lines of Jill’s post.” So if you think I’m crazy, blame her, at least a little bit. It’s also from being delerious a lot lately, After an entire month of vomiting and experiencĺĺing horrible diarrhea, you’d probably be delerious too.
    Getting back on track, I am seeing the self-made genius, Diarrhea Johnny Trumpelstiltskin, actually trying to fight two completely dissimilar wars at the same time. And, if he should win both wars–he believes he can win them both–imagine how big his already huge ego would grow. It would be too big to be contained on this planet. Here’s a hint, Mr. (sic) President, why not have your new Space Force fight a War in Space. You should have no trouble defeating those Invisible Green Aliens (IGAs). That would really set the bar[f]! All you needs is a victory in November, legal or not, and you can become the GCE, Greatest Conqueror Ever. How high can you set your Webs-You-Weave-sights?
    (Personal aside: I have spent many years believing I was the epitome of megalomaniism. Donnie Boy, I have to give you the nod. You are now truly the Epitome of Megalomaniism. And the only reason I can see it is because I am still in second place. Frightening, but I KNOW HOW YOU THINK!)

    But, beware Donny! There’s a hidden back door. While you are fighting two wars at the same time, who will be making war on you once you are totally involved in your wars. Who else but number 3 megalomaniac, Vladimir Putin himself. It will be the perfect moment for him to really dominate the world. In fact, Donnie, I wonder who “put” this idea in your head “in” the first place? Need I really ask? After all, who made the self-named genius a “winner” in the first place? The one person who will most enjoy turning you into the ” No. 1 Biggest Loser of All Time,” your number one best bud forever, Comrade Sir Vlad Putin. Make sure you bow with your forehead at his feet, licking the dung off his shoes. Greatest Megalomaniac of all time? You had me fooled for a short time. I see right through you and your dominatrix now. I’m still No. 1! Nyah nyah na na na.
    OMG, I hope I found all the typos!

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    • No, it is not a game for any but Trump. See, for Trump, everything is a game where there is a definitive ‘winner’ and a definitive ‘loser’. He is determined to be the ‘winner’ at all costs … even if the price is our lives. It is not a game in the sense you and I would define it, but to him that is exactly what it is. Think Machiavelli: “The end justifies the means”. Scary.

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  2. The bottom line Jill: The people he finds to fill these positions are not the A team. Anyone wanting to work for this jerk at this point in his presidency must have skeletons in the closet. These are not the ‘best’ people he said he would hire. No, these are the worst of the worst, for the most part. To this very day, I cannot imagine why there haven’t been mass resignations throughout his administration.

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    • Hah! There is no “A” Team in Trumplandia! Anyone who would qualify for that team has either left in disgust (Walter Shaub, Don McGahn, and many others) or been fired for the simple act of disagreeing with Trump on … virtually anything … what brand of toilet paper is softest! There have been more resignations than under most any other ‘president’, and more firings, too. Chaos reigns, but … does anybody care? They’re getting what they want. I hope for a clean sweep come January!

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  3. Jill, it is not without precedence for presidents to reward donors with diplomatic posts, but usually they are appointed in countries who have fewer economic ties to the US. What Trump has done is appoint people to countries of greater economic importance, who like the president, have racist and xenophobic tendencies. I have written about taking shortcuts in my forthcoming post, but the president’s modus operandi is not vetting candidates. This is a key reason so many of his candidates remove themselves from consideration when they are about to be voted down. He sees people on Fox and picks them rather than taking the time to select better candidates. It should be noted Michael Flynn also commented on RT, a station whose content on US soil is governed by Vladimir Putin (note this assertion came from a host who resigned). Keith

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    • ‘Tis true that minor ambassadorships are typically awarded for those who have contributed either financially or otherwise, but … not to nations like Germany, France, the UK, etc, for those are too important. But, Trump either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care … I’m never quite sure which. I did just read your post on shortcuts … another of your thoughtful and thought-provoking posts. I wasn’t aware that Flynn, too, had been a contributor on RT … says a lot, for the network is state-owned and controlled. If we’re not careful, Fox News will be the same for this country.

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      • Jill, I have been watching “The Swamp” on HBO. Money rules the roost. Well-respected Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig is a frequent speaker throughout.

        He notes that the two most influential people on how Congress is run are James Madison and Newt Gingrich. Madison because he created how it works and Gingrich because he destroyed it. Gingrich turned the primary duties of Congresspeople into fundraisers.
        Keith

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. Donald Trump has handpicked his minions (like a king, not a president) to spread his word and closed minded ideology.. those that contradict Donald won’t have a job for long… “There are none so blind a he who will not see” (Jimmy Buffet)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You are so right … many have been fired for daring to disagree with him. A good leader listens to those with knowledge, whether he agrees or not. He encourages his staff to tell him what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear. But then, nobody ever accused Trump of being a good leader. Thanks so much for the Irish saying … it made me smile!

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  5. Good game players don’t lose Casinos. Trump is a lousy game player..I think his ambition is to dominate all the countries in Europe and have them subservient to him. That will give him a much bigger Empire than even the Russians have held..It’s all about him appearing clever and being admired by his fellow Dictators, Obviously American lives and maybe European ones are but a distraction.
    Cwtch

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    • Ah, I never said he is a ‘good’ game player, only that he is a game player. He sees everything he does, every negotiation, every contact, as a game where there is a definitive ‘winner’ and ‘loser’. He sees himself as an empire-builder, both in his businesses and in his current position, but the thing is, he hasn’t the intelligence to actually build, thus he ends up destroying. His casino failures you mention … I was reading in his niece’s book that he put his own casino out of business by buying not one, but three in close proximity, thus they were in competition with each other … so he effectively put his own casino out of business. Not very bright, eh? And the number of times his father had to bail him out, the number of bankruptcies he has had, and the number of times he’s been sued all point to a ‘man’ who loses far more often than he wins. But to your last point … you are indeed right … our lives are of no matter to him … we are mere pawns in his games.
      Cwtch

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