Now here is something scary for you. Donald El Orange is having a meet-up with China’s President Xi Jinping at Mar a Lago.

Funny how everything sounds “foreign” in that sentence to Tubularsock’s American ears.

They will be talking about trade policy.

Well, not El Orange. He doesn’t even know how to hold a chop stick let alone how many container cargo shipping containers it takes to ship Chinese chop sticks to our shores.

So he’s not much good except with positive or negative platitudes.

And THERE ARE NO others in this current administration that knows ANYTHING about China.

“But without a competent and proven Asia specialist team in place, the fog of uncertainty will only thicken over the Trump administration’s commitment to and understanding of the region.” Heydarian & Crispin, Asian Times 4/6/17

Now there are some guys that have been mentioned to take on the Asian “portfolio” like Jonathan Galaviz, a business consultant and frequent commentator on the gaming and casino industries in Asia may be picked to a top Asia-oriented State Department post.

And who doesn’t need a specialist in “gaming and casino” skills when dealing with China!

“Trump’s inability to assemble a team of senior expert officials to direct the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council (NSC) policies toward Asia is one of several vacuums . . . to emerge in his two-and-a-half-month old administration. Critics say the vacuum has resulted in wild lurches in policy and pronouncements, and sewn confusion with allies and adversaries alike.” Heydarian & Crispin, Asian Times 4/6/17

So far Donald’s Asia Policy seems to have been threats of potential trade actions against various Asian nations, including China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and others.

So the old fashion Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People is not a strong suit in Donald El Orange’s bailiwick.

But NEVER FEAR! Whenever Tubularsock is confronted with major “Oriental” dilemmas, Tubularsock puts down his double neat shot of Single Barrel Kentucky Wild Turkey and reaches for his favorite IMPORTED Japanese Sake dispensing with those small little cups and drinking it Wild-Western-Style from the bottle!


  1. Michael Fuhrig says:

    Tube: And let’s remind Chinese President Jinping that Trump is now quick with a Cruise Missile..or two. He better not piss off The Donald.

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  2. Lara/Trace says:

    What Michael said + Trump is now as dangerous as North Korea.

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  3. Sean says:

    Your policy is more coherent than anything Trump has put to paper. Speaking of Trump, I am more confused by him than ever after yesterday’s missile strike, which gave me both relief that something is being done to enforce some of our basic rules of war and fear since that action a complete about-face from Trump’s previous stance on involvement in Syria.

    Uncertainty and unpredictability are very bad in the context of international diplomacy and both are a hallmark of Trump’s approach to every issue that comes across his desk.

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    • tubularsock says:

      Tubularsock thanks you Sean for your comment. And Tubularsock agrees that his Asian Policy is most coherent at least up to his third bottle of Sake.

      The thing one has to remember about Trump is that he responds rather than thinks anything through. Which then puts all eyes on his “inner circle” because that is where his direction comes from. Now all Presidents use advisors but advise and decision making are two different things and Trump just “copies” whatever direction he finds seemingly “stronger”.

      Trump’s “decision making” is extremely dangerous because any “thought” on his part is left out of the loop!

      The problem of this type of moralistic “rush for justice” bombing is simply there is NO PROOF that the Assad military used chemical weapons. If you recall LAST TIME it was found out that it was “our” terrorists, the ones we arm and support, that were responsible for that chemical attack. And that fact has still not been reported correctly in the Western press.

      Also at that time the Russians arranged for Assad to give up his chemical weapons.
      That was the outcome of the last brush with these types of weapons.

      One also has to take into account that Assad’s popularity is 80% with the Syrian people.
      And that is not that they all like him but that they prefer him over an American puppet.

      Tubularsock has a VERY STRONG hunch that when the dust is clear Assad had nothing to do with this “chemical attack”. We shall see BUT ONLY if you follow up your reading with non-corporate media.

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      • Sean says:

        You’re right that we don’t know for sure whether Assad is responsible. He is capable of this, there is a LOT of blood on his hands, but he’s not the only one. The problem is we may never know the details of what actually happened, so a judgment call was made on limited information. For me, the message sent by the air strike is an important one and the correct one – an express denunciation of the use of chemical weapons.

        I am curious as to who’s responding to these popularity polls and voting in Syrian elections. Obviously Assad’s popularity is not actually 80% since there has been a civil war going on against his government for six years and counting. So when I see that he was elected with upwards of 90% of the vote I have to suspect that voter suppression is occurring.

        Certainly, I cannot fault anyone for being opposed to the installation of a puppet regime. History has shown that to create as many problems as it solves. There are no easy answers but above everything else, it is important to see that Trump’s America is still paying attention to the rest of the world despite his bluster to the contrary. We need each other now more than ever.

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      • tubularsock says:

        Sean, Tubularsock has no argument with you about Assad being a creep. But like most “civil wars” in todays world it is not always due to a majority of the citizens in a country not liking their government.

        In Syria the majority of “fighters” have been “hired” by the U.S., the U.K. and France mostly through the Saudis. They aren’t even Syrian and that is why the populous is backing the Assad regime. The 80% figure has been reported for some time now over several polls taken but Tubularsock has no more knowledge about them than that. The two Syrians that Tubularsock knows both hate Assad so from that poll it is 100% against!

        Tubularsock disagrees completely with you about the air strike. What right can you come up with that gives us the right to bomb another country without a declaration of war?

        And you are telling Tubularsock that in order to “express denunciation of the use of chemical weapons” bombing another country without ANY PROOF of their use somehow sends a message?

        A far stronger message would be for the United States to STOP using depleted uranium, fragmentation, phosphorous and delayed action bombs. At least the U.S. would be sending a POSITIVE message rather than the tired old might makes right
        message. And just where has THAT message gotten us?

        And as for Trump’s America paying attention to the rest of the world Tubularsock is pretty close to 100% sure that the rest of the world would rather NOT be bombed!

        Thanks for taking the time to comment, Sean.

        And here is a Tubularsock parting thought,

        Have you ever wondered if the countries of the world can sit around and come up with an agreement of the “rules of war” why isn’t that we can’t save all the trouble and just sign up for peace?

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  4. swo8 says:

    The more I hear of “orange head” the more I think he’s the right man for the job. The fact that he isn’t predictable makes him a good challenge to Kim Jong-un and the rest of the world for that matter. As for China they don’t want a war with anyone. Although they would like to dominate the trade situation they are pretty smart, they know that the US is limping from the imbalances. China doesn’t really need the US market anymore because they have a great internal market of their own. There’s a healthy middle class and they have the money.

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  5. Tubularsock, Ah right, you drink sake. That could definitely qualify you as an expert on east Asia, by current administration standards. I’m reminded of Reagan saying he could deal with the soviet union because he had read War and Peace. The classic comics version, perhaps. Sigh — all the assholes who are not only profoundly ignorant of damn near everything but proud of it do make me tired. Ignorance combined with greed and hatred, and backed by a full arsenal of modern weaponry. Now there’s a great formula for homeland (and planet-wide) security! – Linda

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    • tubularsock says:

      So true Linda and by the time I finished your comment Tubularsock found himself deep into his fourth bottle of sake and that was for breakfast! One can never have enough rice.

      Thanks for your comment.

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