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Stretching IOKIYAR as far as it will go: President Trump bad-mouths America in his speech in Poland

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From the NY Times evening newsletter, a reference to a story with the headline “Trump, in Poland, Asks if West Has the ‘Will to Survive’”:

President Trump cast himself as a defender of Western values in a confrontational speech in Warsaw. He attacked his own country’s leaders and institutions — the media, Barack Obama and U.S. intelligence agencies — in front of an appreciative Polish audience.

Back in the old days, Presidents tended to praise the strengths of the U.S., particularly when speaking on foreign soil. Wonder why they did that, when they could really have slammed it. JFK, for example, in his speech in Germany could have torn into America’s support of Jim Crow laws, or pointed out how bad information from American intelligence was responsible for the debacle of the Bay of Pigs. All right there, and in some ways showing that some complaints recur. But President Kennedy didn’t do that. He emphasized greatness and kinship and coming together to help one another.

But we’re taking a different path these days, because we’re so damn patriotic it hurts. Literally.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 July 2017 at 4:35 pm

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