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Steve Russell: A 'House of Horrors' with President Donald Trump






Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen in his private plane in early February 2016. Photo from Facebook

Steve Russell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, foresees disaster if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ends up in the White House:
Treaties? Dream on. His campaign has been waged in utter disregard for international treaties about everything from tariffs to human rights. In Trumpland, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia does not matter because he is prepared to abrogate treaties with nations not labeled “domestic, dependent.”

Expect persons to be appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission who do not “believe in” the lawful existence of Indian casinos.

Expect treaty obligations to nations whose security we (“we” very much including Indian GIs) have guaranteed since WWII to wither on the vine, and a resulting proliferation of nuclear weapons. We will test the hypothesis that more nuclear power make nuclear war more likely.

Expect a sloppy exit from the Middle East while arms sales to the region begin to turn more on the economics of the transaction than the politics of it.

The good side of Trumpian foreign policy should be Colin Powell’s doctrine given more than lip service. When there is military intervention, it will be with massive force followed by withdrawal. No nation building and no occupation forces.

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