A Damn Fool

By signing the Russian Sanctions bill into law all the while grousing about it, President Donald J. Trump has shown to all the world that he's a damn fool. I'm sure he thought he was on the "winning" side when he signed this thing, rather than to veto it and find himself on the "losing" side. Apparently it was lost on him that vetoing this bill would have given him some political capital, a higher standing amongst his base and grudging respect from others. Instead he signed it into law and became Congress's chump.

From James Howard Kunstler (emphasis original):

Russia hysteria has become a full-blown national psychosis at a moment in history when a separate array of troubles poses the real threat to America’s well-being. Most of these have to do with the country’s swan dive into bankruptcy, but meeting them honestly would force uncomfortable choices on the grifters and caitiffs in congress. Meanwhile, the Treasury Dept is burning through its dwindling cash reserves, and all government activities will face a shutdown at the end of the summer unless congress votes to raise the debt ceiling — which may be way harder than passing the stupid Russia sanctions bill. 
That bill, vaingloriously called The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, will only blow up in America’s face. This country’s actual trade with Russia is negligible, but the bill aims to interrupt and punish Europe’s trade, centering on oil and natural gas, which they need desperately. Mainly, the US bill seeks to interrupt a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would bypass several of the Baltic Nations currently being used by America — under the NATO banner — as staging areas for unnecessary and provocative war games on Russia’s borders. 
Germany is certain to not stand for it, and like it or not, they are the straw that stirs the European drink. The sanctions pretend to seek to isolate Russia, but the effect will only be to isolate the United States. Europe will laugh at the measure as impinging on their sovereign prerogatives to trade as they please. And Russia can turn around and sell all the natural gas it wants to customers in Asia. Left undiscussed in the moronic American media is the American gas industry’s hidden role in pushing the sanctions so it can sell liquefied gas overseas — which would only end up raising the price for American gas customers to heat their homes....
So what exactly was Mr. Trump thinking when he signed the “deeply flawed” (his words) Russian Sanctions bill coughed up like a hairball by congress? It’s a ridiculous piece of legislation from any angle. It limits the president’s own established prerogatives for negotiating with foreign nations (probably unconstitutionally), and will only provoke economic warfare (at least) against the US that can easily lead to shattering global trade relations entirely. Some observers say he had to sign it because the vote for it in congress was so overwhelming (419 to 3) that they would only override a Trump veto. But the veto would have had, at least, symbolic value in the Jacksonian spirit that Trump pretended to want to emulate at the outset of his term. Perhaps he sees the Deep State endgame and is tired of resisting.


From The Automatic Earth (Russian PM Medvedev via Zero Hedge) (emphasis mine):

The signing of new sanctions against Russia into law by the US president leads to several consequences. First, any hope of improving our relations with the new US administration is over. Second, the US just declared a full-scale trade war on Russia. Third, the Trump administration demonstrated it is utterly powerless, and in the most humiliating manner transferred executive powers to Congress. This shifts the alignment of forces in US political circles. 
What does this mean for the U.S.? The American establishment completely outplayed Trump. The president is not happy with the new sanctions, but he could not avoid signing the new law. The purpose of the new sanctions was to put Trump in his place. Their ultimate goal is to remove Trump from power. An incompetent player must be eliminated. At the same time, the interests of American businesses were almost ignored. Politics rose above the pragmatic approach. Anti-Russian hysteria has turned into a key part of not only foreign (as has been the case many times), but also domestic US policy (this is recent).


What is this President, fucking stupid?

UPDATE 8-8-2017: Because Congress adjourned for its 2017 recess last week, the Donald could have let the bill languish until it passed its expiry date, which would have been yesterday. This action is called a Pocket Veto, which US presidents can use anytime they want to dispose of bills they don't like, were passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses (but not always), and were passed close enough to their expiry dates so that they would become null and void without the executive signature. Instead he signed it anyway because he wanted to be seen as a winnah and not a loozah.

Like I said, what is this President, fucking stupid?

Comments

wsucram15 Added Aug 11, 2017 - 4:25pm
Well this is a different perspective from that which I took, so I will have to look into some of the things you have said here.   I will look for alternative sources to your data to see how this works for the Baltic states and Germany. 
I still believe this is a tactic by Congress to negotiate with China, but I have a person or two I can discuss this with.
Yes, the President is not the most intelligent man...he has no political knowledge and relies on yes men to get the job done.  His ego is his main concern.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Aug 11, 2017 - 5:13pm
Well said, good points all Edward. And of course the entire basis of said sanctions was to punish Russia for hacking that clearly didn't happen (“#HackingHoax — Share This ‘Nation’ Article Every Day Until The Intel Community Addresses It” https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/hackinghoax-share-this-nation-article-every-day-until-the-intel-community-addresses-it-97971ba90450
). In the end it's all bad politics and threatening a nuclear superpower for no damn reason is always pure insanity. 
John G Added Aug 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
The US establishment has gone mad with power and Trump will give them everything they want.
Dino Manalis Added Aug 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
Trump thinks politics is a game and he's not taking it seriously, he even thanked Putin for cutting off American diplomats in Russia!  Trump said he wants a smaller federal workforce!
William Stockton Added Aug 11, 2017 - 8:42pm
Hillarious.  There were 493 people who voted for this piece of crap legislation and it's Trump's fault because he didn't symbolically veto it.
LOL
 
You are the kind of snowflake that would have called Trump "fucking stupid" if he vetoed the same bill.  You would have said he was "fucking stupid" for lining himself up against 493 corrupt and "fucking stupid" Congressman (Congresspeople?).
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 12, 2017 - 5:29am
Edward
 
Greetings from Europe. The majority here agree with you.
 
Edward Miessner Added Aug 13, 2017 - 2:26pm
All excellent comments, save for one. Thanks guy!
 
William Stockton: and I suppose you're one of those guys who thinks Trump can do no wrong, no matter *what* he does! If he's currying favor with RF President Vladimir Putin (and it appears he is, nothing wrong with that... although I find it amusing sometimes!) then he shouldn't be signing legislation he knows will bollix his whole strategy.
Edward Miessner Added Aug 13, 2017 - 2:26pm
And thank you to the rest of you guys!
Edward Miessner Added Aug 13, 2017 - 2:43pm
Now that I know that this website doesn't have an Comment Edit key...
 
wsucram15,
 
The Baltics I know are none too pleased with Russia, considering that in its Soviet Union incarnation they were unwilling constituent republics. Germany, OTOH, doesn't like its natural gas supply to be trifled with. We shall see...
 
Jenifer Frost,
 
And it was the alleged hacking that started this whole Russia-Hacked-the-Election nonsense! What a sorry mess the USA bureaucracy has gotten us all into!
 
John G,
 
Yep. Certainly looks that way.
 
Dino Manalis,
 
Indeed. And by the looks of it he's still currying favor with Putin! One of these days the Russian President will simply tell Trump to go to Hell and for good reason!
 
Danni Yoder,
 
From the News Media I'm familiar with they never say "Trump proven right again" unless they really, really have to.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli,
 
And a big Hello from New Orleans! Here in the US most of the American people don't care one way or the other. It's just the US Federal Government, the Progressive-Liberals and the Progressive-Conservatives who are bent out of shape over Russia, and not in a good way.
William Stockton Added Aug 13, 2017 - 2:54pm
Ed, 
So this is the reason why he is "fucking stupid".  LOL  Because you think he "shouldn't be signing legislation he knows will bollix his whole strategy"?  Do you know what is his whole strategy?  Could anyone seriously be that arrogant?  
 
Then you say you are indifferent to the USA realigning with Russia as friends vs foes:  "and it appears he is, nothing wrong with that... although I find it amusing sometimes!"
 
Anyone with half a brain can see this as a hit-piece against the prez.  Has nothing to do with a reasonable argument.  493 people initiate a new veto-proof cold war and you say nothing about them in response.
What a joke.
Edward Miessner Added Aug 13, 2017 - 4:38pm
Oh, get over yourself.