Episode

12/12 Shelly Rigger: Will Taiwan Trigger Trump’s First Global Crisis?

December 12, 2016

The politics behind Trump’s phone call to Taiwan. What is a logical defense of speaking with Taiwan like this, Trump’s lack of conduct notwithstanding. Background in US/Taiwan relations, back to the Chinese civil war between the communists and Republic of China. The narrative surrounding Trump’s lack of preparedness. Taiwan’s merits as a democracy with progressive leanings. The US’s unfortunate history of using Taiwan to provoke China.

On the fun half – Trump doth protest claims Russia intended to help him. John Bolton thinks it was an Obama false flag. Bernie is good at media, uses Russia question to challenge Trump on medicare and social security. Tony Blair reheats centrism.

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