Trump's Massive Stupidity and Arrogance Destroys Decades of US Global Power
This is a devastating strategic assessment of how Trump, in just one year, has probably single-handedly fatally weakened the US economic and military empire.
The closing paragraphs:
Quite understandably, many Americans have focused on the damage Trump’s first months in office have done domestically, from opening pristine wilderness areas and offshore waters to oil and natural gas drilling to threatening access to medical care, skewing the progressive tax code to favor the rich, cancelling net neutrality, and voiding environmental protections of every sort. Most if not all of these regressive policies can, however, be repaired or reversed if the Democrats ever take control of Congress and the White House.
Trump’s strikingly inept version of one-man diplomacy in the context of America’s ongoing global decline is an altogether different matter. World leadership lost is never readily recovered, particularly when rival powers are prepared to fill the void. As Trump undercuts the US strategic position at the axial ends of Eurasia, China is pressing relentlessly to displace the United States and dominate that vast continent with what New York Times correspondent Edward Wong calls “a blunt counterpoint…synonymous with brute strength, bribery and browbeating.”
In just one extraordinary year, Trump has destabilized the delicate duality that has long been the foundation for US foreign policy: favoring war over diplomacy, the Pentagon over the State Department, and narrow national interest over international leadership. But in a globalizing world interconnected by trade, the Internet, and the rapid proliferation of nuclear-armed missiles, walls won’t work. There can be no Fortress America.
So, a couple things here I should clarify.
First, I have in the past railed against the "American Empire" and America's wars and our insane amount of military spending, which 9/11 had a lot to do with, of course.
But here's the thing, despite the horrible things we've done, America has been and CAN be a force for good in the world-- the US can use its power wisely and fight for human rights. That means of course, not running events like 9/11 and not getting involved in horrible and costly wars such as Vietnam and Iraq.
Personally I would prefer a world where the US is dominant, over a world where China is running the economy.
But the other thing is right now, we are losing global power under Trump, but still running an absolutely massive military, and spending way too much of our tax dollars on the military.
So let's get serious-- either we really show leadership in the world and keep our massive military and running the global economy-- or we completely downsize our military presence. Because spending money on the world's biggest military while we have a shrinking influence in world affairs is INSANE.
Also, it's worth noting that RUSSIA BENEFITS FROM A WEAKENED USA ON THE WORLD STAGE. What a coincidence!
But our current president is in fact, insane.