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    The World has taken Trump's measure (Hatchet job, kind of)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wor...ure-1512519571

    The World Has Taken Trump’s Measure
    From Asia to Europe, he has squandered America’s influence and moral authority.

    Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to make America great again. As president he is doing the opposite: He is making America smaller than at any time in the past 100 years.

    By pulling the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Mr. Trump has ceded economic leadership in Asia and beyond to China, whose president touts the Chinese model to other countries that want the blessings of prosperity without the inconveniences of liberty. To back up this offer, China is investing huge sums in its “One Belt, One Road” plan and in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

    These moves are having the intended effect. Myanmar, which had long been dominated by anti-Chinese sentiment, is now accepting China’s blandishments. The country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, went to Beijing last week for a conference hosted by the Communist Party.

    Vietnam, which has looked to the U.S. as a counterweight against its historical enemy to the north, now wonders whether it must accept Beijing’s economic leadership and yield to its claims in the South China Sea. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made noises about abandoning his country’s alliance with the U.S. in favor of China. Even Australia, one of our closest allies, is openly debating how to deal with American decline.

    In the Middle East, the Trump administration is busy giving ground to Russia. Vladimir Putin is conducting Syrian peace talks while America languishes on the sidelines. Turkey, a member of NATO since 1952, is endorsing the Kremlin’s leading role. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently met with Mr. Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani to support negotiations on the future structure of the Syrian government and state.

    Egypt was another long-term linchpin of American diplomacy, and Mr. Trump has lavished praise on its autocratic leader. Yet Cairo has just struck a deal allowing the largest Russian military presence on its soil and in its airspace since 1973. The U.S. doesn’t even have an ambassador in Egypt, let alone a coherent policy to deal with this pivotal country.

    Even in Europe, America has been diminished. Mr. Trump’s early ambivalence toward NATO, which gave way to a grudging expression of support, have left a residue of doubt about the credibility of American guarantees. He has driven a wedge between the U.S. and Germany, long our closest ally on the Continent. The “special relationship” with the United Kingdom may not survive his repeated gaffes, capped by his impulsive decision to retweet discredited anti-Muslim videos from a British fringe group.

    Close to home, Mr. Trump’s brand of leadership is sorely trying Canadians’ patience: 93% view him as arrogant, 78% as intolerant, and 72% as dangerous. Mexico’s people have also been united against the U.S., by Mr. Trump’s ham-handed immigration policies and heedless negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. This may well lead Mexicans to elect an anti-American left-wing populist as their president next year. That Mr. Trump has no discernible policy toward Central and South America is probably a good thing.

    Squandering America’s economic and political influence is bad enough. Far worse has been the way Mr. Trump has dissipated our moral authority. Yes, the U.S. has struck deals with unsavory regimes, especially during the Cold War, and has sometimes failed to respect the outcomes of free and fair elections. In the main, however, America has pushed for free societies and democratic governments around the world, while speaking against repression in all its forms.

    Until now. The Trump administration has all but abandoned democracy promotion. In practice, an “America First” foreign policy means being indifferent to the character of the regimes with which the U.S. does business.

    I wish I could say that President Trump shares this indifference. In fact, he prefers autocrats to elected leaders. He admires their “strength.” He envies their ability to get their way without the pesky opposition of legislatures and courts. He probably wishes he had their power to shut down critical news organizations. In his ideal world, everyone would fall in line behind his goals, and his will would be law.

    The world has taken President Trump’s measure. In a 2017 survey of 37 countries, 64% of people expressed confidence in Barack Obama’s ability to do the right thing in international affairs, compared with 22% for Mr. Trump. The current president’s figures were 11% in Germany, 14% in France, and 22% in the U.K. The principal exception was Russia, where Mr. Trump enjoyed 53% approval, compared with 11% for Mr. Obama.

    In 1776, at the threshold of American independence, the Founding Fathers espoused a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind.” Today, citizens of countries around the world regard the U.S. as morally diminished under Mr. Trump’s leadership. He shows no signs of caring, and he probably doesn’t.
    "The misfortune of many is the consolation of fools" Ancient proverb

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    From Asia to Europe, he has squandered America’s influence and moral authority.


    No, the chocolate messiah took care of that.

    Thus, this essay is not worth my time to read.

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    That's as far as I cared to read, then I saw WSJ and knew it was a total hatchet job!
    No thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papacub View Post
    That's as far as I cared to read, then I saw WSJ and knew it was a total hatchet job!
    No thanks!
    I worked for a man once. If you burst into a meeting of his peers, covered with burning embers, fire alarms screaming, yelling the place is on fire, get out now! His first reaction would be Why is this person trying to humiliate me?
    "The misfortune of many is the consolation of fools" Ancient proverb

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    snip////
    Squandering America’s economic and political influence is bad enough. Far worse has been the way Mr. Trump has dissipated our moral authority. Yes, the U.S. has struck deals with unsavory regimes, especially during the Cold War, and has sometimes failed to respect the outcomes of free and fair elections. In the main, however, America has pushed for free societies and democratic governments around the world, while speaking against repression in all its forms.
    ////
    REALLY?
    We could spend a couple of days and lots of TB space on just this part. How about I get blindfolded and stick a push pin into a world map and then we'll argue whether Trump is making the spot better or worse. I love my country but I personally see MORE crap holes around the world in the last 30 years with Uncle Sam's fingerprints all over them.
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    The buzzards that Obama launched are circling. This is one example popping up. The game will be to blame Trump for the buzzards when they start feeding. (Metaphor there)
    "The misfortune of many is the consolation of fools" Ancient proverb

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    article has to be correct - Obammy said so - Prez trump is just enjoying the economic roads that HE built ... he trots behind Prez Trump making sure everyone remember his legacy - making sure the ***** golf course resort is ready for him ....
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    Wanted to see where this came from. WSJ. Nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick Electra View Post
    Wanted to see where this came from. WSJ. Nuff said.
    People keep missing the point. This is part of the get Trump out of office or tie him up game plan. The fact that it appears in the WSJ kind of substantiates it. Odd that everybody gets exercised over its appearing in the WSJ (or The Atlantic) instead of noting what is underway against Trump.
    "The misfortune of many is the consolation of fools" Ancient proverb

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    Like all globalists, WSJ wants the FUSA to squander its remaining blood and treasure trying to run the whole world. MAGA is not MWGA (make the world great again) and the globalists hate America and Trump.
    The wonder of our time isn’t how angry we are at politics and politicians; it’s how little we’ve done about it. - Fran Porretto
    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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    "William A. Galston writes the weekly Politics & Ideas column in the Wall Street Journal. He holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization."

    http://www.wsj.com/news/author/7800

    The author, Wm Galston is a liberal with a distorted 'socialist' world view. IMO the article is biased and should only have merit if used to replace toilet paper if you run out of the good stuff.

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