Trump Is the Weakest President of Our Lifetimes…and the World Is Taking Notice

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is smiling. It’s not hard to imagine why.

“If Obama did it, then it must have been wrong.” That seems to be one of the main themes of the Trump administration. Just recently, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech at the American University in Cairo where he stated:

This speech comes about a month after the CIA briefed the U.S. Senate about the murder of permanent U.S. resident (and Washington Post reporter) Jamal Khashoggi, immediately after which GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham stated:

One wonders how America under Trump is suddenly a “force for good” in the Middle East when its efforts to seek justice are halfhearted at best for a permanent U.S. resident whose murder was apparently ordered and orchestrated by the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. That, and it’s difficult to wonder if Trump’s prior business with the Saudis had anything to do with it:

In the political row following Khashoggi’s murder, Trump claimed that America was benefiting greatly from business with the Saudis in an apparent effort to smooth over their murder of a permanent U.S. resident:

Politifact rated his claim (as with so many other of his claims) as not just false, but “Pants On Fire”.

Look again at the smile on Mohammed bin Salman’s face. He that Trump would do little or nothing about the murder of an American permanent resident. Why? The Saudi Crown Prince (like so many other leaders around the world) can see Trump for what he is: a weakling unable to look past his own money and personal pride, and a willfully-ignorant lout who is unable to prioritize the good of the nation over his own perceived self-interest. It’s not hyperbole to liken Trump to a toddler wanting attention and sweets from the adults, and once he gets what he wants, couldn’t care less what those adults are doing, right or wrong.

More examples of Trump’s weakness have come to light today. The Kurds - who allied with America against Saddam Hussein (to their dismay) and against ISIS - have apparently realized that America cannot be depended upon and has turned to Russia for help:

That is not the only indication of America’s weakness in the region under Trump (from the same article):

It’s not just the Middle East, either. Trump removed America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which he claimed was a “very bad deal for America”. In response, the other eleven Pacific Rim nations signed on to the pact anyway without America. If (as Trump seemed to believe) the TPP was only a boondoggle meant to swindle America, then why would the Pacific Rim nations continue with the trade agreement without America? This very month, Japan and the EU signed a free-trade agreement, forging ahead with economic development while Trump sits and sulks on the sidelines. Trump has shown little interest in diplomatic initiatives in Africa (except to cut initiatives started under the Obama administration (because Obama)), thereby allowing the Chinese that much more influence in the region. Central and South America fare little better, for (except for railing against immigrants) Trump ignores them, too. In fact, Trump seems to care little for the rest of the world that doesn’t personally involve him:

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Trump simply sees no point in having a functional diplomatic infrastructure. Actually, that’s pretty much what he’s already said:

And that’s the real tragedy. The world’s leaders can see for themselves that (except for Putin), Trump cares little for them or their respective nations except insofar as they provide a personal benefit to him. The whole political world (except for Trump) knows that nature abhors a vacuum, and Trump’s inaction and willful ignorance of the rest of the world is nothing short of a wholesale abdication of American global influence. The next resident of the Oval Office will surely try to rebuild our nation’s influence, but history shows it is unlikely that America will ever again be that “shining city on a hill” to which Reagan likened our nation.

Consider the historical precedents. Egypt was once that “shining city”, but once it had fallen, it never rose to that status again. The same applies to Persia, to Macedonia, to Rome, to the Mongols (yes, the Mongols), and to the British. They all stood at the zenith, masters of all they surveyed…but once they walked down from that great height, they never reached it again. China once stood at that zenith, too…and if they are able to become the preeminent nation in the world following America’s decline, then China will be the only such nation to have twice stood on the mountaintop.

By electing Trump, our nation effectively chose to walk away from that city, to walk down from that hill…and having done so, we will probably never reach it again.

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Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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