Scott Walker, who thinks ISIL compares to American labor unions, thinks he knows how to handle China. On Monday, China’s market meltdown no doubt thoroughly confused the intellectually-challenged Scott Walker, and this gave Walker the idea that he needed to say something.
After all, Donald Trump was talking:
Markets are crashing – all caused by poor planning and allowing China and Asia to dictate the agenda. This could get very messy! Vote Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2015
This is never a good idea – the less said by Walker the better – nevertheless, he sent off several tweets of his own – hypocritical given his own demonstrated pro-China positions – criticizing President Obama’s handling of the emerging superpower.
So Walker tosses this into the conversation:
Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today’s markets driven in part because China actively manipulates their economy. – SW
Americans are struggling, all right, thanks largely to Republican economic policies and refusal for the past seven years to contribute in any meaningful way to our own economic recovery after the GOP tanked the world economy in 2008. Walker has made it even more difficult for people in Wisconsin.
Not content with that, he made another try:
We need to see some backbone from Obama on U.S.-China relations. He needs to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit. – SW
Backbone from Obama…is he supposed to spank the Chinese or something? Nuke them? Impose sanctions? What, precisely, Mr. Walker, is President Obama supposed to do to satisfy your vague demand for “backbone”?
Finally he decides what sort of thing he is talking about, and tweets this:
@BarackObama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests.
Oh…undermining U.S. interests. So what about the economy? I mean, does he think China tanked its own economy just to get us?
As it turns out, these tweets are not all Walker had to say on the subject. From Spartanburg, S.C., Walker issues this statement:
Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today’s markets driven in part y China’s slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy. Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests. Given China’s massive cyberattacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit. There’s serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance. We need to see some backbone from President Obama on U.S.-China relations.
That’s almost dumb-sounding enough to have been written by Walker personally.
I don’t know if we should do that. China has a lot of robots:
But seriously, this attempt to interject himself into the business of adults has already had consequences for the hapless Wisconsin governor:
Scott Walker is really bad at being Donald Trump https://t.co/rSX0MZqy8u
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 24, 2015
And then there is the above-mentioned hypocrisy factor: As Tom LoBianco noted at CNN Politics,
In 2013, before he entered the Republican presidential race, Walker met with Xi during a visit to Beijing. There, he reportedly told the Chinese president of Wisconsin’s plans to set up a trade and cultural promotion center in the country, and praised the relationship between China and U.S. states.
Walker also supported a company based in Beijing and Milwaukee that helped wealthy Chinese immigrants gain U.S. citizenship.
Walker’s Wisconsin public-private economic development arm, meanwhile, is planning a trade venture to China in January, and is joining a larger trade venture as part of a regional group in May.
There is no word from Walker as to whether he intends to punish China himself, by canceling his trade venture in January, or the regional group in May. Maybe only the president is required to show “backbone” while Walker tries to play catch-up to Donald Trump. Unfortunately for Walker, all he manages to do every time he opens his mouth on foreign policy is to demonstrate his own shallow understanding of the complex issues facing world leaders in the modern world. After all, this is the guy who hasn’t even figured out how to run a single state.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.