A Matter of Trust …

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 …

zakaria-2“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.

31 thoughts on “A Matter of Trust …

  1. I’d say the European public is more put off towards by Obama’s intervention in Libya (despite France begging him to join in) and perceived US actions elsewhere in the Middle East at the time of the Arab Spring (like in Syria and Egypt). This is largely because the 2011 instability spawned the refugee crisis. From what I’ve gathered, Bernie Sanders was your average European’s top pick for the US presidency (he is considered a conservative there), Trump was second choice (although he is far from popular in Europe) and Clinton was dead last, she is detested on the continent because of her role in early/mid Obama foreign policy.

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    • Interestingly, about 1/3 of my readers are from the UK and EU, and their opinions have all been largely the opposite of yours. From everything I can gather, President Obama was well-liked and respected in Europe, and Trump is largely detested, especially since he has pulled out of the Paris Accord and the Iran nuclear agreement. The refugee crisis is actually a direct result of the Arab Spring movement, which was in part a response to the effects of climate change, although there are a multitude of events that drove the Arab Spring in addition to the losses of arable land. You mention Bernie Sanders … yes, he was well-liked both there and here, but his ideas never would have worked in this capitalist society of greed among the top 1%. Hillary Clinton had most of the qualifications that Trump is lacking, and would have made a good leader. Instead, we are stuck with a nearly-illiterate, greedy, narcissistic racist.


  2. Jill, trust and trustworthy are words that would not be used to define Donald Trump. From routinely not paying hard working contractors, from reneging on loan payments citing extenuating circumstances, from using his charity funds to pay for personal and business expenses, from misrepresentation on more than a few issues,…he is one of the more untrustworthy people we could have elected. Yet, we did. He had no health care plan, he did not know more about ISIS than the generals, he has backed out of deals our country has made and he has belittled leaders. America has become a pariah in the world. People may disagree with Obama, but our global reputation improved under him per actual surveys as it had dropped under Bush. I would love to see updated numbers which compare standing.


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  3. DT not only doesn’t read history, he doesn’t care. That’s the worst part. We know the story of King Midas who wanted everything he touched to turn to gold. This will go down as one of the darkest periods in our history. People in future will shake their heads and wonder how anyone could have voted for this madman. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Agreed. And if that is the worst that future generations have to ask, then I will be thankful. Think of the questions young school children in Germany ask today … “Why didn’t they do something?” Sigh. And to think that I used to be called a ‘cock-eyed optimist’! 😉

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  4. Dear Jill,

    He is not making decisions based on evidence, with the consensus of expert counsels but on an impulse, a world view based on “fake news” or because he feels like it.
    He is putting all of us at risk.
    I get so angry that I am seeing red which does no good. It is hard to keep a healthy perspective. I can’t stand to see what he is doing to Puerto Rico and to the US mainland. Why is he not being categorized as a real threat to the US national security? Many of us are living in terror because of him.

    Hugs, Gronda.

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    • I know, my friend. I am the same … I get so furious I shake, and rant. But as you said, that does no good. We simply have no choice but to keep on fighting against him and his horrendous policies, decisions, rhetoric. In the end, I still think that good triumphs over evil … and he is the personification of evil. We must keep speaking out, but also connecting with our representatives in Congress to let them know what we need, want and expect. You are doing a lot, both with your blog and with the democratic organization you have joined. You are doing everything you can, so please don’t get discouraged! I’m so proud of you … Many, many hugs to you, dear friend! ❤

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  5. Last week would be better than next week or there may not be a friend left in the World.The elected officials who are following Trump blindly down this path are still going to be remembered by other Countries even if they act now but if they throw themselves on the sword straight after dumping Trump at least the people won’t suffer.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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