Verhandlungsgeschick, Part II

20 06 2018

Washington, D.C.

I’ve been watching the theatrics of this manufactured ZOMG SEPARATING PARENTS FROM CHILDREN LOL~!!!!!1 non-troversy from afar, even if I can’t pay close attention to all the details. But I have had this fear for the past few days, confirmed by this article, that the Democrats, the left and the media, are doing to Trump what Trump is often said to do, that is, play a game of political 3D chess. And, uncharacteristically for Trump, he’s walking right into the dog pile, and his allies are pushing him along faster than he’s walking into it by himself.

The first bonehead move: Trump’s defenders keep saying that Obama did way many more of these parent-child separations. Keep saying that often enough, and people are going to walk away thinking that Obama was way more serious about immigration control and enforcement than Trump, or rather, Trump is way weaker than he claimed he would be. If you’re in the business of making the best mousetrap, you should never promulgate the notion that a competitor’s mousetrap is better.

The second bonehead move: This article. Which I think most people will interpret as political backsliding. In this case, it would be backsliding that would have an actual documented paper trail. His staunch supporters will have this interpretation way more than anyone else. And that I think is the intended goal.

Long and short: Media-Democrats-left baited and tricked Trump into appearing to run away from his own signature issue to drive a wedge between Trump and his own base.

This, combined with the German car tariff defeat, means that Our Master Negotiator-In-Chief is having a really bad first half of this week.

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Verhandlungsgeschick

20 06 2018

Berlin

Guten Abend aus Dresden.

I must break my self-imposed blogging embargo, because I want to prevent you from being bamboozled by something that appears to be good news today.  Before you start cheering, as someone who is currently in the other country mentioned here, time for a bitter reality check:

Germans just aren’t that into American cars, no matter the price. I think I’ve seen more flags containing the visage of Stalin here than I have American cars on the roads.

That’s the base problem.

But there’s a compounding factor that will make it worse:

American “cars?”

In case you haven’t noticed, the American car industry is getting out of the “car” business. It won’t be but a few more years that the American car industry is almost entirely SUVs and trucks.

So, we think that a people, already predisposed against American cars, are going to rush out and buy gas guzzling land whales simply because they’re about to be somewhat cheaper. With current gas prices in Germany in the $6.30s a gallon, (after converting for units and exchange rates, obviously, gas stations in Germany show gas prices by Euros per liter), the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, which in the real world gets 18 miles to the gallon (metric cultures express fuel economy by flipping the convention, expressing total fuel used in liters given a fixed distance, in this case, liters per 100 km, meaning 18 mi/gal translates to 13.1L/100km), is really going to fly off the dealer lots. Not.

Meanwhile, German cars are way more popular in the United States than American cars are in Germany, and German cars (i.e. the ones not already made in the United States) are about to become less expensive than they were before the start of these proceedings.

Executive Summary: The Krauts just rolled us on the real, even if Trump and Grenell do a lot of football spiking for public theatrics.





So That’s What Kanye Is Up To…

22 05 2018

Washington, D.C.

Obviously, Drudge has changed the headline since yesterday evening.





Iran Deal

8 05 2018

Washington, D.C.

Trump looks like he’s going to withdraw from it, so this gives me the opportunity to reiterate my positions:

(1)  The thing that made me most upset about it is that Obama finalized the deal at the time New Horizons made it to Pluto, undercutting that important news in the public consciousness.

(2)  My personal position on the deal is moderate opposition.  Mainly because Obama gave away the store just for the purpose of getting some kind of deal done.  (Yes, that’s a coded message for Trump when it comes to the impending Korea negotiations.)

(3)  I look sideways at three groups of people:  One, militant supporters.  Two, militant opponents.  Three, militant opponents of the militant supporters.  The first group are a bunch of partisan hacks and tools.  The second group are a bunch of neocon and lamer con MUH ISRAEL junkies.  The third group are too obsessed with the Jews for their own good.

(4)  In general, the issue is way more hat than cattle.  In that the noise being made by the three groups of people I side eye is a lot worse than the reality of whatever we do or don’t do on the question.  The world will be pretty much the same either way — Doing one thing or the other won’t result in nuclear Armageddon.





Spitballs

14 04 2018

Washington, D.C.

If the Orange Crowned God-Emperor thinks the spitballs he just threw on Assad will smooth things over with the deep state, he is mistaken.

I do think that he’s communicating with his body language that he’s doing it contrary to his better judgment.





What’s the Common Denominator?

3 04 2018

Mexico City; Jerusalem

The very late breaking news is that the Mexican government and authorities are breaking up the March of the Hondurans, and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has squelched the latest scheme to resettle African “infiltrators” to white Western countries.

I wonder what is the common denominator.

Could it be that there’s an individual in this country who is both aggressive with Mexico and friendly with Netanyahu?





Signed

23 03 2018

Washington, D.C.

Just as I uploaded my last post, he signed the omnibus spending bill.

That is actually the first obvious known identifiable paper trail political backsliding of the Trump Administration.

And that’s what our sector should be incensed about.