Trump’s Strange Attitude To War

“One of Donald Trump’s closest advisers has told the BBC that the US would win a trade war with China.
Anthony Scaramucci warned that if China chose to retaliate when the Trump administration imposed tariffs on imports, it would cost them “way more” than it would cost the US.”
See Trump would win trade war with China, says aide
Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) has been a guiding principle in global affairs since I was a young man. Trump seems to have skipped that part of growing up. No one wins a big war. The costs are horrendous. The end doesn’t justify the means. No way.

That applies to economic warfare as well as nuclear war. Wars can be started in minutes these days. An economic war can involve turning back ships headed for ports of both countries. It could take years for both economies to come back to equilibrium. Total economic activity would be down and might never recover. What of all the businesses shut down, employees laid off due to lack of business? What is the cost of a new Great Depression brought on by Trump’s stupidity?

There’s a reason we have international trade agreements. They are not there to make Trump look good. They are there to help us get away from economic warfare. The world can’t stop the game just because Trump is having a tantrum about the rules. Just play the game, whiner!

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Trump’s Strange Attitude To War

  1. oiaohm says:

    dougman lets call them duties instead. Wait claiming no levy tariffs is correct because USA uses “tariff rate quotes”.

    By the way China only implements “tariff rate quotas” in 1996 based off the USA model. So funny now how the some of the USA people complain about it being unfair now. USA taught China how to implement trade war just the are better at doing it than the USA. Also the USA has taken loans against China. 2001 is the wrong year for when USA future was effected. Go back to 1997 and you see the effects then before China joins the World Trade Organization. The USA is only suffering from the same thing is done to Cuba and many other countries by using tariff rate quotas to enforce trade embargoes without valid justifications.

    Please do remember something critical. USA trade with China only makes up 2% of China imports and 4% of China exports. So they can shut-down trade with the USA with basically zero effect to China bottom line.

    The reality is USA problem with China is their own problem. By doing a nasty action against China all that happen is China went that was a good idea and copied it.

    The reality is the USA has not worked out that is their own game plan being played back on them. If they did they would not be talking about cutting off trade.

    How did USA force trade to be cut off with Cuba and other places using the “tariff rate quotas” model at the time USA was a market lots wanted/need to do business with if a country did not do what USA did their quotas for imports/exports of different products would be reduced. So lots of countries need to deal with China and if USA cuts off trade with China the result will be China playing the same card. Some of the Australian Quota limitations for sending product to the USA come about because were dealing with China before the USA classed it as acceptable.

  2. dougman wrote, “Our annual GDP growth rate cut almost in half since 2001 compared with the last half of the 20th century.”

    Uh, a few wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, and terrorism) and laissez-faire government may have something to do with that. Obama had to rescue how many industries, not from foreign competition but laxity? Two, three? Meanwhile USA cannot compete against countries with universal healthcare, subsidized education, and much less waste on elections. USA spends $billions on elections with inconclusive and unsatisfactory results to form an unworkable government. Clean up your own house before blaming the rest of us for your problems.

  3. dougman says:

    War? LOL… this is about fairness. You need to get your facts straight. China can go take a flying leap, this is about America.

    We levy no tariffs on China, but China imposes various rates on imported goods, sometimes even up to 100% in some instances.

    China has been waging an undeclared trade war on the U.S. since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. The casualties are obvious: More than 50,000 American factories shuttered. Zero gains in real household median income. Our annual GDP growth rate cut almost in half since 2001 compared with the last half of the 20th century.

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