Laguna's past comments

  • 5

    Laguna

    You can laugh now, but it will go down in history as a turning point in the power of "the press."

    Breaking news! There are events known as "press conferences," during which people can exchange ideas that exceed 18 characters. This may sound bizarre, but, at least through the Obama administration, they exist.

    Posted in: Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again

  • 7

    Laguna

    Soon Baldwin will parody Trump complaining about Baldwin parodying Trump, which Trump will complain about and Baldwin will subsequently parody, and al of time and space will suddenly shift to a different dimension. It's that serious.

    Posted in: Trump on the attack against 'SNL' again

  • 1

    Laguna

    Gentlemen: We can all agree that the Pentagon swamp will continue unmolested. Mah, it's just a few hundred billion from taxpayers' paychecks that most attribute to "socialist" programs anyway (and they're correct, though not in the way they think). The big question comes when the GOP tries to take down the ACA. This is a game many have skin in. How the GOP tries to play it will be fascinating.

    Posted in: Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'

  • 0

    Laguna

    Umph. Michael Flynn Jr. -- the son of Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn -- was forced out of the transition efforts amid controversy over a fake news story that he pushed on Twitter. Reality is beginning to bite (though fake news stories will continue to be GOP policy).

    Posted in: Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy

  • 1

    Laguna

    Then there's that Taiwan thing - instead of maintaining the status quo, Trump seems intent on encouraging Taiwanese independence. Well, Taiwan will likely soon find out that depending on Trump is a fool's errand: He'll stir up trouble and abandon the players at the first chance.

    Posted in: Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy

  • 3

    Laguna

    PTownsend - of course the Pentagon is the swampiest part of the swamp. You've probably already read WaPo's "Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste" article - and that's simply waste. Then there are the weapons that America does not need and the Pentagon doesn't even really want but are pushed through due to Congressional considerations. Think about the multi-billion dollar Littoral Combat Ship program that can't even get a ship through the Panama Canal without it breaking down, or the F-35 (granted, that's a fighter plane, something that would actually be more useful in a war than a littoral ship) whose cost is now $400 billion and climbing - over twice the original estimate.

    Excuse me if I am not impressed with Trump's outrage over the cost of the new Air Force One. It is a drop in the bucket. We'll see if he's able - or willing - to rein in the real waste.

    Posted in: Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'

  • 6

    Laguna

    The American taxpayer is already seeing what a YUUUGE advantage it is to have a businessman for president instead of a "community organizer".

    Reminds me of the excitement many Republicans held, at least initially, for "America's first MBA president" - George W. Bush. How did that turn out, by the way?

    Posted in: Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'

  • 2

    Laguna

    Antitrust decisions in the US are under the purview of the FEC, not the president. Though not stated directly, it may be inferred that Son is conditioning his investment on his subsidiary Sprint's permission to acquire T-Mobile - something the FEC was leaning against as it would leave many markets with a single cellphone carrier - the definition of a monopoly.

    The FEC is staffed with professionals, economists and lawyers, who spend much effort analyzing data and deliberating over recommendations. Perhaps this has all been done by one Tweet by il duce.

    Another step towards corporate fascism.

    Posted in: SoftBank CEO Son meets Trump; pledges to invest $50 bil in U.S.

  • 4

    Laguna

    Trump's spokesman claims that Trump has sold off all of his stock. Whether that includes other financial derivatives is unclear - heck, whether he's actually divested himself can only be taken at his word (for whatever you think that's worth). So when Donald praises one company like Softbank or bashes another like Boeing, take it with a grain of salt: Until he releases his tax details, assume he has skin in the game.

    Posted in: Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'

  • 0

    Laguna

    Wait until China throws 1 trillion of US debt onto the market. The US will implode.

    Gokai, when you sell something, by definition, you have to purchase something else. China will never dump its dollar currency reserves. Both countries have each other by their short and curlies - neither may be particularly pleased by it, but that is the reality. Aggravating things simply does that and leads to nothing more.

    Posted in: Trump signals tougher China policy

  • 2

    Laguna

    A logical flaw I've always questioned regarding the argument that the US knew Japan was going to attack Hawaii: Okay, if so, what? The US was at war with no country at the time and was under negotiations with Japan. What should it have done - implore Japan not to attack during negotiations? Launch a preemptive attack? Even assuming the US had complete info regarding Yamato's plans (highly unlikely, but let's go with it), what could they have done? Tina Watanabe, any suggestions?

    Posted in: Abe going to Pearl Harbor for remembrance, not for apology: gov't

  • 0

    Laguna

    sfjp -

    Only place in Japan where casino should be built is in Okinawa and Shikoku. Not near major metropolitan areas. Do you see large Casinos in New York, Chicago, or L.A.? Major gambling is not good for big cities.

    Wisest comment I've read - thank you. If it has to be so, let it benefit the less-traveled areas. Unfortunately, Tokyo-centric Japan will never allow that.

    Posted in: Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

  • 2

    Laguna

    Super, it's the highlight of a narcissist - the idea that you can just wave a magic wand and make unpleasant aspects of reality go away. Other agents exist who have their own priorities and ways of thinking.

    Trump could dictate within his corporations. He cannot do so as president, neither domestically nor internationally. One wonders how long it will take him to figure this out - and what lesson will finally bring it home (hopefully nothing to disastrous).

    Posted in: Trump signals tougher China policy

  • 1

    Laguna

    One wonders why Trump is doing this - when you poke the dragon, you'd better have a clear objective and strategy to achieve it. The status quo with Taiwan is fine; China is not threatening to invade, and while a recent survey found that 51.2 percent hope for Taiwan independence in the future, that number is coincidentally similar to the percentage of Americans who had hoped Clinton would become president. (Also note "in the future" - the percentage of Taiwanese who favor imminent war with, or even raised tensions with China is, presumably, zero.)

    China handled this with a surprisingly mature manner, simply swatting away Trump's comments as those coming from a neophyte. It appears that they share my opinion: That Trump was simply shooting off his mouth and then too proud to back down. Still, comments like this from his economic adviser, Stephen Moore, are far from helpful:

    We oughta back our ally, and if China doesn't like it, screw 'em.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/05/politics/kfile-stephen-moore-taiwan-call/index.html

    (Sigh.) No. You don't have to give away the shop, but you cannot "screw" China. We'll see if and how the Trump team learns this.

    Posted in: Trump signals tougher China policy

  • -1

    Laguna

    Their only experience in fighting is massacring unarmed students in Tiananmen Square.

    Right. Tell that to Douglas MacArthur.

    Tokyo, as I mentioned above, I'm not saying he was wrong to take the call, and it might even turn out for the better (ironically, in a "Nixon goes to China way) - but the dangers are great poking this dragon. I just hope he knows what he's doing and is not simply acting impetuously. What is your level of confidence in this regard?

    Posted in: Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan president's call

  • 5

    Laguna

    He took a call from the leader of a sovereign state.

    This is what I'm trying to say, Tokyo - and I cannot emphasize this enough: Taiwan is de facto sovereign; you and I can go ahead and call it sovereign because our words don't matter; but the president-elect treating Taiwan as sovereign will bring on a world of pain.

    Posted in: Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan president's call

  • 0

    Laguna

    If China does anything to threaten that, the U.S. will step in. No point in hiding all of this.

    There is, actually, a point in hiding all of this - a point that presidents since Nixon have recognized. It's called "strategic ambiguity." Cross-strait relationships are for the two entities to determine, and while US influence may be important, in the end, if China decides to take Taiwan by force, there is no way that the US can stop them.

    Perhaps taking the call was a good thing - it certainly caught Bejing's attention. I just hope that Trump knows what he's doing (hard to say with this twitter-mad blabbermouth); a cross-strait war would be catastrophic for the world.

    Posted in: Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan president's call

  • 0

    Laguna

    In related news, Trump displayed his knowledge of Asian society by condoling the passage of General Tso.

    Posted in: Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan president's call

  • 8

    Laguna

    Viva Mr.President of American,he broke the taboo that: don't talk to Taiwanese gov't.

    I've lived on both Taiwan and in the mainland and think that closer ties between Taiwan and the US would be good - for all sides. However, the way Trump has done this is disturbing. He doesn't even have a State Sec nominee yet, and there is no one to explain his motives. Was it simply business, as I noted above? Does he truly intend to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state? Was it just a mistake? Sheesh - no one knows - and that's the problem. You can go about Twittering away and shooting off your mouth at random as head of Trump Enterprises, but not as head of America. Even in his transition period, it appears he's yet to learn that words have consequences.

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

  • -1

    Laguna

    Hmm. Turns out Trump has some business prospects in mind ind Taoyuan. Lovely town and likely a good investment. I also see no problem with the president-elect mixing his business interests with American foreign policy. Zhongnanhai will no doubt be very understanding.

    http://shanghaiist.com/2016/11/18/trump_taiwan_expand.php

    Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

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