One of the political analysts I most respect for both his knowledge and unbiased viewpoints is Fareed Zakaria. He hit the nail on the head this morning on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) when he said …
“The United States is now blasting an international agreement it is a sworn party to, without exiting the agreement. It is taking potshots at an international framework and yet staying within it — sort of. The result is a foreign policy that is not just unpredictable, but incoherent.
Trump has now signaled to countries like North Korea, never make a deal with America, because even if we sign, we might still upend the whole arrangement anyway. In his speech on Iran, Trump made the bizarre claim that other countries think in 100-year intervals. Even if this were true, which it isn’t, Trump’s actions suggest that his administration cannot even stay the course for a few years, let alone a hundred. Donald Trump’s national security team, the so-called grown-ups, have signed on to this contradictory policy toward Iran — which is a sad sign, perhaps, that they value their jobs more than their reputations.”
What he says is absolutely true. Since taking office Trump has lied more often than not, and he has removed the U.S. from important agreements for no reason other than they were not his idea, but one of his predecessors. He has decided, even though the majority of the people he is supposed to represent disagree, that the U.S. no longer will participate in the Paris Accords to lower the impact of carbon emmissions on the environment. He has made it clear that he will almost certainly pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless Canada and Mexiso agree to give the U.S. the most favourable terms, at the expense of their own nations. He has pulled out of UNESCO, and threatened to abandon the U.S. commitment to the United Nations entirely. And now he is playing games with the Iran nuclear agreement for no reason other than that President Obama was the U.S.’ representative at the time we entered into the agreement.
It is bad enough that we here in the states know him to be a liar and untrustworthy. But now every nation with whom we have international relations are scratching their heads and saying, in the language of social media, WTF???
It is one thing when he promises “great health care” and then not only provides us with nothing, but robs tens of millions of people of having any heathcare. It is one thing when he promises tax cuts to the working people, but in reality his tax cuts will help only the wealthy. All that is bad enough, but …
When he promises aid to Puerto Rico after a devastating storm, then drops the ball and attempts to make it look like their own fault, that sends a message that Trump will not keep his promises. When he randomly, for no reason at all pulls out of a commitment, an obligation on the part of the U.S., that sends a message that the United States does not uphold its commitments. And when he threatens to pull out of a mutual commitment to go to the aid of our allies, as they would us, in the event of a foreign attack, then the message is loud and clear. The United States can no longer be counted on, the United States is no longer reliable or trustworthy.
From there, it is a hop, skip and a jump to … “the United States is no longer our ally.” In turn, if we were to be attacked by Russia, North Korea, or any other nation, we would have no right to expect assistance from the EU or any other allies, not even Canada or Mexico. If Trump truly wants to isolate this nation, he is off to a fine start, but let the buyer beware … it is about the second stupidest thing he could do at this point.
And all for what reason? Because he is a megalomaniac and his name is not on any of these agreements. He had no part in them, worse yet, his antagonism toward President Obama is palpable and he is determined to attempt to erase President Obama’s name from the history books. The reality is that, while Obama was a good, though not perfect, president, Trump is actually making Obama look even better than he was!
I suspect that if the Iran nuclear agreement were to be re-named the Trump-Iran nuclear agreement, he would sit down and shut up. He sees himself as more than any president can be … he sees himself as an emperor rather than a president. The global effect of his decisions and rhetoric is far-reaching. The U.S. is no longer the leader of the western world … only because of Trump. Our allies are making their own plans for future events that do not include the U.S. … only because of Trump. Where is the line in the sand? Where is the breaking point where this country, its people and its elected officials finally stand up and say, “ENOUGH!!!”? It better be soon, folks … it better be real soon.