With Trump as President, the World Spiraling Into Chaos ... Trump torched America’s foreign policy

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Three posts and you have yet to elucidate on the topic
Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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Three posts and you have yet to elucidate on the topic
Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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You are far too kind to the Democrats.
 
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This quote from the article is a concise summary of the parlous state of American diplomacy and influence: "The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego."

"Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening."

The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.

Donald Trump's association with murderer Mohammed Bin Salman is a stain on the USA.

The Israel-Palestinian deal of the century has collapsed leaving Jared Kushner exposed as an Israeli stooge.

Mike Pompeo is a fool and a sycophantic Trump stooge with no ideas of his own.

Opinion | With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.

By Michelle Goldberg
Aug. 16, 2019

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is mostly divided between them. India recently revoked the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls and put nearly seven million people there under virtual house arrest. Pakistan’s prime minister compared India’s leaders to Nazis and warned that they’ll target Pakistan next. It seems like there’s potential for humanitarian and geopolitical horror.
Khan’s answer was not comforting. “We are two big countries with very large militaries with nuclear capability and a history of conflict,” he said. “So I would not like to burden your imagination on that one, but obviously if things get worse, then things get worse.”
All over the world, things are getting worse. China appears to be weighing a Tiananmen Square-like crackdown in Hong Kong. After I spoke to Khan, hostilities between India and Pakistan ratcheted up further; on Thursday, fighting across the border in Kashmir left three Pakistani soldiers dead. (Pakistan also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed, but India denied it.) Turkey is threatening to invade Northeast Syria to go after America’s Kurdish allies there, and it’s not clear if an American agreement meant to prevent such an incursion will hold.
North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile testing continue apace. The prospect of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is more remote than it’s been in decades. Tensions between America and Iran keep escalating. Relations between Japan and South Korea have broken down. A Pentagon report warns that ISIS is “re-surging” in Syria. The U.K. could see food shortages if the country’s Trumpish prime minister, Boris Johnson, follows through on his promise to crash out of the European Union without an agreement in place for the aftermath. Oh, and the globe may be lurching towards recession.

In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture. Over the last two and a half years, Trump has been playing Jenga with the world order, pulling out once piece after another. For a while, things more or less held up. But now the whole structure is teetering.

To be sure, most of these crises have causes other than Trump. Even competent American administrations can’t dictate policy to other countries, particularly powerful ones like India and China. But in one flashpoint after another, the Trump administration has either failed to act appropriately, or acted in ways that have made things worse. “Almost everything they do is the wrong move,” said Susan Thornton, who until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.
Consider Trump’s role in the Kashmir crisis. In July, during a White House visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate India and Pakistan’s long-running conflict over Kashmir, even suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to do so. Modi’s government quickly denied this, and Trump’s words reportedly alarmed India, which has long resisted outside involvement in Kashmir. Two weeks later, India sent troops to lock Kashmir down, then stripped it of its autonomy.
Americans have grown used to ignoring Trump’s casual lies and verbal incontinence, but people in other countries have not. Thornton thinks the president’s comments were a “precipitating factor” in Modi’s decision to annex Kashmir. By blundering into the conflict, she suggested, Trump put the Indian prime minister on the defensive before his Hindu nationalist constituency. “He might not have had to do that,” she said of Modi’s Kashmir takeover, “but he would have had to do something. And this was the thing he was looking to do anyway.”

At the same time, Modi can be confident that Trump, unlike previous American presidents, won’t even pretend to care about democratic backsliding or human rights abuses, particularly against Muslims. “There’s a cost-benefit analysis that any political leader makes,” said Ben Rhodes, a former top Obama national security aide. “If the leader of India felt like he was going to face public criticism, potential scrutiny at the United Nations,” or damage to the bilateral relationship with the United States, “that might affect his cost-benefit analysis.” Trump’s instinctive sympathy for authoritarian leaders empowers them diplomatically.
Obviously, India and Pakistan still have every interest in avoiding a nuclear holocaust. China may show restraint on Hong Kong. Wary of starting a war before the 2020 election, Trump might make a deal with Iran, though probably a worse one than the Obama agreement that he jettisoned. The global economy could slow down but not seize up. We could get through the next 17 months with a world that still looks basically recognizable.
Even then, America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton. We’ll see what gets sucked into it.
And this is exactly what Trump and his supporters want: chaos, discord, division.
The GOP is a leaderless rabble which suits Trump just fine.
 
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The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.
#draintheswamp
Angry, bitter, nanny-state lefties just never get it.
They only know they want more, they don't care who pays for it (as long as it ain't them), and they don't care how much damage they do to this country.
Donald Trump is the person damaging the country politically, socially, and financially, for political gain.
 
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Three posts and you have yet to elucidate on the topic
Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
The Trump-GOP socialism by stealth with $ trillion+ budget deficits and burgeoning federal debt.
 
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Three posts and you have yet to elucidate on the topic
Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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The current First Creep and the Master of Deception Donald Trump has 10,000+ lies registered already. No other POTUS will ever top the number of lies Donald Trump has uttered and published.
 
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Donald Trump is prepared.

 

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The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.
#draintheswamp
Angry, bitter, nanny-state lefties just never get it.
They only know they want more, they don't care who pays for it (as long as it ain't them), and they don't care how much damage they do to this country.
Donald Trump is the person damaging the country politically, socially, and financially, for political gain.
Is your name Donald Trump ?? I would have thought that there was only one, but now I see that he has a dark side. Are you that dark side ? :)
 

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Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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The current First Creep and the Master of Deception Donald Trump has 10,000+ lies registered already. No other POTUS will ever top the number of lies Donald Trump has uttered and published.
He is just one, now let's tabulate the Demon-crat party lies over the years. So little time, so much history. Nevermind.
 

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This quote from the article is a concise summary of the parlous state of American diplomacy and influence: "The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego."

"Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening."

The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.

Donald Trump's association with murderer Mohammed Bin Salman is a stain on the USA.

The Israel-Palestinian deal of the century has collapsed leaving Jared Kushner exposed as an Israeli stooge.

Mike Pompeo is a fool and a sycophantic Trump stooge with no ideas of his own.

Opinion | With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.

By Michelle Goldberg
Aug. 16, 2019

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is mostly divided between them. India recently revoked the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls and put nearly seven million people there under virtual house arrest. Pakistan’s prime minister compared India’s leaders to Nazis and warned that they’ll target Pakistan next. It seems like there’s potential for humanitarian and geopolitical horror.
Khan’s answer was not comforting. “We are two big countries with very large militaries with nuclear capability and a history of conflict,” he said. “So I would not like to burden your imagination on that one, but obviously if things get worse, then things get worse.”
All over the world, things are getting worse. China appears to be weighing a Tiananmen Square-like crackdown in Hong Kong. After I spoke to Khan, hostilities between India and Pakistan ratcheted up further; on Thursday, fighting across the border in Kashmir left three Pakistani soldiers dead. (Pakistan also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed, but India denied it.) Turkey is threatening to invade Northeast Syria to go after America’s Kurdish allies there, and it’s not clear if an American agreement meant to prevent such an incursion will hold.
North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile testing continue apace. The prospect of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is more remote than it’s been in decades. Tensions between America and Iran keep escalating. Relations between Japan and South Korea have broken down. A Pentagon report warns that ISIS is “re-surging” in Syria. The U.K. could see food shortages if the country’s Trumpish prime minister, Boris Johnson, follows through on his promise to crash out of the European Union without an agreement in place for the aftermath. Oh, and the globe may be lurching towards recession.

In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture. Over the last two and a half years, Trump has been playing Jenga with the world order, pulling out once piece after another. For a while, things more or less held up. But now the whole structure is teetering.

To be sure, most of these crises have causes other than Trump. Even competent American administrations can’t dictate policy to other countries, particularly powerful ones like India and China. But in one flashpoint after another, the Trump administration has either failed to act appropriately, or acted in ways that have made things worse. “Almost everything they do is the wrong move,” said Susan Thornton, who until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.
Consider Trump’s role in the Kashmir crisis. In July, during a White House visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate India and Pakistan’s long-running conflict over Kashmir, even suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to do so. Modi’s government quickly denied this, and Trump’s words reportedly alarmed India, which has long resisted outside involvement in Kashmir. Two weeks later, India sent troops to lock Kashmir down, then stripped it of its autonomy.
Americans have grown used to ignoring Trump’s casual lies and verbal incontinence, but people in other countries have not. Thornton thinks the president’s comments were a “precipitating factor” in Modi’s decision to annex Kashmir. By blundering into the conflict, she suggested, Trump put the Indian prime minister on the defensive before his Hindu nationalist constituency. “He might not have had to do that,” she said of Modi’s Kashmir takeover, “but he would have had to do something. And this was the thing he was looking to do anyway.”

At the same time, Modi can be confident that Trump, unlike previous American presidents, won’t even pretend to care about democratic backsliding or human rights abuses, particularly against Muslims. “There’s a cost-benefit analysis that any political leader makes,” said Ben Rhodes, a former top Obama national security aide. “If the leader of India felt like he was going to face public criticism, potential scrutiny at the United Nations,” or damage to the bilateral relationship with the United States, “that might affect his cost-benefit analysis.” Trump’s instinctive sympathy for authoritarian leaders empowers them diplomatically.
Obviously, India and Pakistan still have every interest in avoiding a nuclear holocaust. China may show restraint on Hong Kong. Wary of starting a war before the 2020 election, Trump might make a deal with Iran, though probably a worse one than the Obama agreement that he jettisoned. The global economy could slow down but not seize up. We could get through the next 17 months with a world that still looks basically recognizable.
Even then, America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton. We’ll see what gets sucked into it.
Bad news bud, it's just your world that is crashing.
 

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This quote from the article is a concise summary of the parlous state of American diplomacy and influence: "The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego."

"Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening."

The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.

Donald Trump's association with murderer Mohammed Bin Salman is a stain on the USA.

The Israel-Palestinian deal of the century has collapsed leaving Jared Kushner exposed as an Israeli stooge.

Mike Pompeo is a fool and a sycophantic Trump stooge with no ideas of his own.

Opinion | With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.

By Michelle Goldberg
Aug. 16, 2019

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is mostly divided between them. India recently revoked the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls and put nearly seven million people there under virtual house arrest. Pakistan’s prime minister compared India’s leaders to Nazis and warned that they’ll target Pakistan next. It seems like there’s potential for humanitarian and geopolitical horror.
Khan’s answer was not comforting. “We are two big countries with very large militaries with nuclear capability and a history of conflict,” he said. “So I would not like to burden your imagination on that one, but obviously if things get worse, then things get worse.”
All over the world, things are getting worse. China appears to be weighing a Tiananmen Square-like crackdown in Hong Kong. After I spoke to Khan, hostilities between India and Pakistan ratcheted up further; on Thursday, fighting across the border in Kashmir left three Pakistani soldiers dead. (Pakistan also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed, but India denied it.) Turkey is threatening to invade Northeast Syria to go after America’s Kurdish allies there, and it’s not clear if an American agreement meant to prevent such an incursion will hold.
North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile testing continue apace. The prospect of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is more remote than it’s been in decades. Tensions between America and Iran keep escalating. Relations between Japan and South Korea have broken down. A Pentagon report warns that ISIS is “re-surging” in Syria. The U.K. could see food shortages if the country’s Trumpish prime minister, Boris Johnson, follows through on his promise to crash out of the European Union without an agreement in place for the aftermath. Oh, and the globe may be lurching towards recession.

In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture. Over the last two and a half years, Trump has been playing Jenga with the world order, pulling out once piece after another. For a while, things more or less held up. But now the whole structure is teetering.

To be sure, most of these crises have causes other than Trump. Even competent American administrations can’t dictate policy to other countries, particularly powerful ones like India and China. But in one flashpoint after another, the Trump administration has either failed to act appropriately, or acted in ways that have made things worse. “Almost everything they do is the wrong move,” said Susan Thornton, who until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.
Consider Trump’s role in the Kashmir crisis. In July, during a White House visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate India and Pakistan’s long-running conflict over Kashmir, even suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to do so. Modi’s government quickly denied this, and Trump’s words reportedly alarmed India, which has long resisted outside involvement in Kashmir. Two weeks later, India sent troops to lock Kashmir down, then stripped it of its autonomy.
Americans have grown used to ignoring Trump’s casual lies and verbal incontinence, but people in other countries have not. Thornton thinks the president’s comments were a “precipitating factor” in Modi’s decision to annex Kashmir. By blundering into the conflict, she suggested, Trump put the Indian prime minister on the defensive before his Hindu nationalist constituency. “He might not have had to do that,” she said of Modi’s Kashmir takeover, “but he would have had to do something. And this was the thing he was looking to do anyway.”

At the same time, Modi can be confident that Trump, unlike previous American presidents, won’t even pretend to care about democratic backsliding or human rights abuses, particularly against Muslims. “There’s a cost-benefit analysis that any political leader makes,” said Ben Rhodes, a former top Obama national security aide. “If the leader of India felt like he was going to face public criticism, potential scrutiny at the United Nations,” or damage to the bilateral relationship with the United States, “that might affect his cost-benefit analysis.” Trump’s instinctive sympathy for authoritarian leaders empowers them diplomatically.
Obviously, India and Pakistan still have every interest in avoiding a nuclear holocaust. China may show restraint on Hong Kong. Wary of starting a war before the 2020 election, Trump might make a deal with Iran, though probably a worse one than the Obama agreement that he jettisoned. The global economy could slow down but not seize up. We could get through the next 17 months with a world that still looks basically recognizable.
Even then, America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton. We’ll see what gets sucked into it.
Bad news bud, it's just your world that is crashing.
Great point, and it really explains alot.
 

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ISIS burning, raping and murdering, beheadings on the nightly news, Assad gassing his people, Russia taking over Croatia and moving on Ukraine, rockets being fired into Israel almost daily, refugees overrunning Europe, U.S. diplomat and citizens being murdered in their own embassy.....that chaos belongs to the "hands off" foreign policy of Obama.
Obama is using Donald Trump as a ventriloquist dummy?
Your post doesn't make sense.
Those things happened while Obama was president, not Trump.....or don't you remember?
 
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ISIS burning, raping and murdering, beheadings on the nightly news, Assad gassing his people, Russia taking over Croatia and moving on Ukraine, rockets being fired into Israel almost daily, refugees overrunning Europe, U.S. diplomat and citizens being murdered in their own embassy.....that chaos belongs to the "hands off" foreign policy of Obama.
Obama is using Donald Trump as a ventriloquist dummy?
Your post doesn't make sense.
Those things happened while Obama was president, not Trump.....or don't you remember?
Donald Trump has clouded your tiny mind with his nonsense and lies
 

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Have you taken leave of your senses? Get off the street before the Trump bus runs over you.
You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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You are far too kind to the Democrats.
Socialists by any other name are still commie scumbags.
 

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This quote from the article is a concise summary of the parlous state of American diplomacy and influence: "The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego."

"Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening."

The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.

Donald Trump's association with murderer Mohammed Bin Salman is a stain on the USA.

The Israel-Palestinian deal of the century has collapsed leaving Jared Kushner exposed as an Israeli stooge.

Mike Pompeo is a fool and a sycophantic Trump stooge with no ideas of his own.

Opinion | With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.

By Michelle Goldberg
Aug. 16, 2019

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is mostly divided between them. India recently revoked the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls and put nearly seven million people there under virtual house arrest. Pakistan’s prime minister compared India’s leaders to Nazis and warned that they’ll target Pakistan next. It seems like there’s potential for humanitarian and geopolitical horror.
Khan’s answer was not comforting. “We are two big countries with very large militaries with nuclear capability and a history of conflict,” he said. “So I would not like to burden your imagination on that one, but obviously if things get worse, then things get worse.”
All over the world, things are getting worse. China appears to be weighing a Tiananmen Square-like crackdown in Hong Kong. After I spoke to Khan, hostilities between India and Pakistan ratcheted up further; on Thursday, fighting across the border in Kashmir left three Pakistani soldiers dead. (Pakistan also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed, but India denied it.) Turkey is threatening to invade Northeast Syria to go after America’s Kurdish allies there, and it’s not clear if an American agreement meant to prevent such an incursion will hold.
North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile testing continue apace. The prospect of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is more remote than it’s been in decades. Tensions between America and Iran keep escalating. Relations between Japan and South Korea have broken down. A Pentagon report warns that ISIS is “re-surging” in Syria. The U.K. could see food shortages if the country’s Trumpish prime minister, Boris Johnson, follows through on his promise to crash out of the European Union without an agreement in place for the aftermath. Oh, and the globe may be lurching towards recession.

In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture. Over the last two and a half years, Trump has been playing Jenga with the world order, pulling out once piece after another. For a while, things more or less held up. But now the whole structure is teetering.

To be sure, most of these crises have causes other than Trump. Even competent American administrations can’t dictate policy to other countries, particularly powerful ones like India and China. But in one flashpoint after another, the Trump administration has either failed to act appropriately, or acted in ways that have made things worse. “Almost everything they do is the wrong move,” said Susan Thornton, who until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.
Consider Trump’s role in the Kashmir crisis. In July, during a White House visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate India and Pakistan’s long-running conflict over Kashmir, even suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to do so. Modi’s government quickly denied this, and Trump’s words reportedly alarmed India, which has long resisted outside involvement in Kashmir. Two weeks later, India sent troops to lock Kashmir down, then stripped it of its autonomy.
Americans have grown used to ignoring Trump’s casual lies and verbal incontinence, but people in other countries have not. Thornton thinks the president’s comments were a “precipitating factor” in Modi’s decision to annex Kashmir. By blundering into the conflict, she suggested, Trump put the Indian prime minister on the defensive before his Hindu nationalist constituency. “He might not have had to do that,” she said of Modi’s Kashmir takeover, “but he would have had to do something. And this was the thing he was looking to do anyway.”

At the same time, Modi can be confident that Trump, unlike previous American presidents, won’t even pretend to care about democratic backsliding or human rights abuses, particularly against Muslims. “There’s a cost-benefit analysis that any political leader makes,” said Ben Rhodes, a former top Obama national security aide. “If the leader of India felt like he was going to face public criticism, potential scrutiny at the United Nations,” or damage to the bilateral relationship with the United States, “that might affect his cost-benefit analysis.” Trump’s instinctive sympathy for authoritarian leaders empowers them diplomatically.
Obviously, India and Pakistan still have every interest in avoiding a nuclear holocaust. China may show restraint on Hong Kong. Wary of starting a war before the 2020 election, Trump might make a deal with Iran, though probably a worse one than the Obama agreement that he jettisoned. The global economy could slow down but not seize up. We could get through the next 17 months with a world that still looks basically recognizable.
Even then, America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton. We’ll see what gets sucked into it.
And this is exactly what Trump and his supporters want: chaos, discord, division.
The GOP is a leaderless rabble which suits Trump just fine.
Indeed the right are individual thinkers unlike leftarded lemmings who simply follow their mindless ideology.
 

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There was a time that many Democrats did not care for the way our foreign policy was going. How much we paid to the world so we could protect it. The WW2 era is ending and we do not want to admit it. We can continue much of the same policies but we need to get a few more coins from our overseas friends and competitors.
 

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With Trump as President, the World Spiraling Into Chaos ... Trump torched America’s foreign policy
Hey Capt. Moonpie, small typo in your OP.

Trump is BUILDING America's foreign policy.

He is only torching YOURS.
 
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You're kidding, right? You would have Americans ignore our success and prosperity because 33 months after Shrillary's humiliating defeat your leftarded butt still hurts?
  • A nicely and sustainably expanding economy (which has raised all ships) with low inflation.
  • Historically low unemployment (especially amongst our minorities) with rising wages and disposable income.
  • A strong dollar and investment markets.
  • A righting of what had been a listing (left) USSC.
  • Repeated exposure of our self-serving swamp and the nefarious players within it, including but not limited to our MSM/DNC and high-ranking mutts at both our DOJ & FBI.
  • Job Growth Underscores Economy’s Vigor; Unemployment at Half-Century Low
No wonder you bitter, anti-American leftards are so hysterical. What is good for America seems bad for you.

I suppose it is.

Thank you Mr Prez and MAGA, baby!! :D
Thank you Donald Trump: "Average hourly earnings increased 8 cents in July to $27.98". I can't buy anything with 8 cents.

Job growth has petered out and averaged "140,000 per month in the last three months".

The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, and those people don't need jobs.

Manufacturing output has declined over the past three months as the Trump scam is strangling manufacturers.

Trump is performing the biggest scam of his life on the American voter.

Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency
... the average employment gain in Obama’s last six years in office (after getting out of the recession's impact) was 201 thousand. And the average for his last five years was 207 thousand ...
U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July
... U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Average monthly job growth is lower this year compared to the first seven months of 2018, but service-sector industries remain a steady source of job gains, and manufacturing employment far exceeded expectations.
"Job growth in 2019 continues to be resilient, particularly in industries like professional and business services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities," said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment marketplace ZipRecruiter. "Monthly job gains have cooled since 2018, however, when they averaged a tremendous 223,000 per month on average. They've averaged 165,000 in 2019 so far—less than in each of the prior eight years—and only 140,000 per month in the last three months." ...
"Tax cuts for the wealthy"...I swear, do you morons do any research at all for yourselves? The media could tell the never-Trumpers literaly anything 100 times and they would start to believe it I hope to God that the majority of people in our country are smarter than this, othewise, we will all sufffer in same sinking boat under Socialism.
That is and has for decades been the Dem's agenda - creeping socialism - and I'm convinced many of 'em know their lies are lies but don't care as long as they serve the cause.

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You are far too kind to the Democrats.
Socialists by any other name are still commie scumbags.
Comrade Trump?
 
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This quote from the article is a concise summary of the parlous state of American diplomacy and influence: "The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego."

"Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's also known as “late-day confusion.” If someone you care for has dementia, their confusion and agitation may get worse in the late afternoon and evening."

The state department is a skeleton force since Trump became POTUS as many left after Trump was appointed and they continue to depart in numbers.

Donald Trump's association with murderer Mohammed Bin Salman is a stain on the USA.

The Israel-Palestinian deal of the century has collapsed leaving Jared Kushner exposed as an Israeli stooge.

Mike Pompeo is a fool and a sycophantic Trump stooge with no ideas of his own.

Opinion | With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos
Trump torched America’s foreign policy infrastructure. The results are becoming clear.

By Michelle Goldberg
Aug. 16, 2019

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is mostly divided between them. India recently revoked the constitutionally guaranteed autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls and put nearly seven million people there under virtual house arrest. Pakistan’s prime minister compared India’s leaders to Nazis and warned that they’ll target Pakistan next. It seems like there’s potential for humanitarian and geopolitical horror.
Khan’s answer was not comforting. “We are two big countries with very large militaries with nuclear capability and a history of conflict,” he said. “So I would not like to burden your imagination on that one, but obviously if things get worse, then things get worse.”
All over the world, things are getting worse. China appears to be weighing a Tiananmen Square-like crackdown in Hong Kong. After I spoke to Khan, hostilities between India and Pakistan ratcheted up further; on Thursday, fighting across the border in Kashmir left three Pakistani soldiers dead. (Pakistan also claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed, but India denied it.) Turkey is threatening to invade Northeast Syria to go after America’s Kurdish allies there, and it’s not clear if an American agreement meant to prevent such an incursion will hold.
North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile testing continue apace. The prospect of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is more remote than it’s been in decades. Tensions between America and Iran keep escalating. Relations between Japan and South Korea have broken down. A Pentagon report warns that ISIS is “re-surging” in Syria. The U.K. could see food shortages if the country’s Trumpish prime minister, Boris Johnson, follows through on his promise to crash out of the European Union without an agreement in place for the aftermath. Oh, and the globe may be lurching towards recession.

In a world spiraling towards chaos, we can begin to see the fruits of Donald Trump’s erratic, amoral and incompetent foreign policy, his systematic undermining of alliances and hollowing out of America’s diplomatic and national security architecture. Over the last two and a half years, Trump has been playing Jenga with the world order, pulling out once piece after another. For a while, things more or less held up. But now the whole structure is teetering.

To be sure, most of these crises have causes other than Trump. Even competent American administrations can’t dictate policy to other countries, particularly powerful ones like India and China. But in one flashpoint after another, the Trump administration has either failed to act appropriately, or acted in ways that have made things worse. “Almost everything they do is the wrong move,” said Susan Thornton, who until last year was the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, America’s top diplomat for Asia.
Consider Trump’s role in the Kashmir crisis. In July, during a White House visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate India and Pakistan’s long-running conflict over Kashmir, even suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to do so. Modi’s government quickly denied this, and Trump’s words reportedly alarmed India, which has long resisted outside involvement in Kashmir. Two weeks later, India sent troops to lock Kashmir down, then stripped it of its autonomy.
Americans have grown used to ignoring Trump’s casual lies and verbal incontinence, but people in other countries have not. Thornton thinks the president’s comments were a “precipitating factor” in Modi’s decision to annex Kashmir. By blundering into the conflict, she suggested, Trump put the Indian prime minister on the defensive before his Hindu nationalist constituency. “He might not have had to do that,” she said of Modi’s Kashmir takeover, “but he would have had to do something. And this was the thing he was looking to do anyway.”

At the same time, Modi can be confident that Trump, unlike previous American presidents, won’t even pretend to care about democratic backsliding or human rights abuses, particularly against Muslims. “There’s a cost-benefit analysis that any political leader makes,” said Ben Rhodes, a former top Obama national security aide. “If the leader of India felt like he was going to face public criticism, potential scrutiny at the United Nations,” or damage to the bilateral relationship with the United States, “that might affect his cost-benefit analysis.” Trump’s instinctive sympathy for authoritarian leaders empowers them diplomatically.
Obviously, India and Pakistan still have every interest in avoiding a nuclear holocaust. China may show restraint on Hong Kong. Wary of starting a war before the 2020 election, Trump might make a deal with Iran, though probably a worse one than the Obama agreement that he jettisoned. The global economy could slow down but not seize up. We could get through the next 17 months with a world that still looks basically recognizable.
Even then, America will emerge with a desiccated diplomatic corps, strained alliances, and a tattered reputation. It will never again play the same leadership role internationally that it did before Trump.
And that’s the best-case scenario. The most powerful country in the world is being run by a sundowning demagogue whose oceanic ignorance is matched only by his gargantuan ego. The United States has been lucky that things have hung together as much as they have, save the odd government shutdown or white nationalist terrorist attack. But now, in foreign affairs as in the economy, the consequences of not having a functioning American administration are coming into focus. “No U.S. leadership is leaving a vacuum,” said Thornton. We’ll see what gets sucked into it.
And this is exactly what Trump and his supporters want: chaos, discord, division.
The GOP is a leaderless rabble which suits Trump just fine.
Indeed the right are individual thinkers unlike leftarded lemmings who simply follow their mindless ideology.
If pubic toilets didn't have doors, conservatives would have nothing to read.
 

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