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Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

by Russell Imrie, Jan 18, 2017

But will she kick ass? yelled one old hand.

Veteran Foreign Service Officers were gathered in October at a Washington DC meeting room for lunch and a briefing by Laura Rosenberger, foreign policy strategist on Hillary Clinton’s election team. Clinton’s election victory looked like a shoo-in with Donald Trump’s campaign clouded by conflicts with the Republican Party and outrageous statements by the candidate that offended a majority of Americans. Diplomats were looking for robust leadership. That’s not what these experienced skilled diplomats got.

The talk, “Secretary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Approach,” ranged broadly over relations with China, ISIL, Syria, Iraq, Russian adventurism, and other policy agenda items to be managed effectively given Clinton’s experience in diplomacy and security as Secretary of State. The audience was encouraged by a more robust foreign policy roadmap compared to what some saw as President Obama’s flaccid track record. It all looked good.

Linda Rosenberger - photo Russell Imrie

Linda Rosenberger – photo Russell Imrie

Now, today, assumptions and conventional wisdom have been turned on their heads. The age of disruption has rolled over decades of post-WWII diplomacy and Cold War positioning. Disruption comes in guises but as several experienced diplomats said yesterday on Capitol Hill 3 days before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, much of it is in the form of social networking. It’s fast, it changes as we speak.

Staid habits and the practice of foreign policy no longer can be crafted, sourced, and targeted coherently as they were just 10 years ago. Sea-changes in national policies are now signaled (carefully or not) in the blink of an eye and the new Trump administration is very adept at it. More than Clinton’s campaign has been upended and weighty political discourse now happens at 3 a.m. and changing history before we arise, sip hot coffee, and begin our days. The days of cables have gone the way of the teletype machine.

Note: Linda Rosenberg: Foreign Policy Advisor for Hillary for America, coordinates development of campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Background US State Dep’t, National security Council. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet) Tweeting at @tweedyBard

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Brie at last or war’s a mouthful

Brie at last

By Russ Imrie August 30, 2013

I am disturbed and I am concerned about the recent uptick in warmed-over meals and re-animated fast food appearing at the table. I had been so looking forward to something fresh.

Make no mistake about it; I am in awe of the utensils and recipes that make American cuisine influential around the planet. It’s often the choice of both emerging foodies and of the established “Colonels” class.

Locally though, a fundamental quality of food, that it be securely rooted in tradition (and thus reflect upon our character,) is at risk today.

Discovering and then reheating last week’s “war on diet” pizza slice has always been a pleasant interlude. But when a savory home-cooked vegetable soup is reduced to a thick mish-mash and the onions, mushrooms, carrots, and delicate GMO free chicken lose “their way” in a pot of leftovers, I get a bad feeling about it. Times change.

Do not get me wrong. My [tribal] ancestors created a food that often served as well days or weeks along, if not better, than as a warm family main course: Kahnata. Dutch traders and settlers in what is now New York referred to this as “a kind of large corn dumpling.”

Warriors carried these heavy nourishing meals ready-to-throw along on canoe voyages in pursuit of beaver pelts and sometimes scalps. With some dried pre-GMO meat, it sustained and in a pinch could be heaved in the face of an enemy (or raiding bear.) Our French allies in those days could take along their hapless rations on raids against the rival Colonials south in New England but we packed a secret weapon that is tasty and nourishing to this day.

So is the source of my unsettled thoughts this morning. Lest we forget what food is  (and a particularly tasteless stew is on today’s “revisit”menu) let’s say grace and think deeply about what’s important.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

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