We Have Met The Enemy …

… And He Is Us

Some may think that I am over-reacting when I say that Donald Trump, with his decisions last week to renege on the Iran nuclear deal and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, has seriously jeopardized our relationship with our allies abroad.  I realize that I am sometimes considered, especially by my republican friends, to be a purveyor of ‘gloom and doom’, an alarmist.  But this morning I was directed to an article in the German publication, der Spiegel, a well-respected publication, that reinforces my opinion.  I think it is very important that we, as citizens not only of the United States, but also of the world, realize and comprehend just what we have lost, what our friends think of us now.  One can criticize ‘globalism’ as much as one likes, but the reality is that we are living in a global world, we can no longer afford to take an isolationist view, or an ‘America First’ view.  We have lost much this month.  We are no longer the treasured friend, but merely the tolerated annoying and untrustworthy cousin.  How long before we are considered ‘the enemy’?

On the cover is this image:

der Spiegel cover

Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal marks the temporary suspension of the trans-Atlantic alliance. What now?

© DER SPIEGEL A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer

Trump’s renown is rooted in American hero myths. Trump says that women like Carla Bruni lust after him, something that women like Carla Bruni vehemently deny. Trump says he is exorbitantly rich, yet Trump ran himself into the ground with his casinos to the point that he was 295 million dollars in debt in 1990. He was bailed out by the banks and by his father. The greatest myth, though, has to do with Trump’s alleged negotiating expertise. This too is nonsense. Trump was never proficient in the art of the deal. As a businessman, he paid far too much for substandard properties and has shown no patience as a politician. He isn’t curious. His preparation is nonexistent. Strategy and tactics are both foreign to him. Trump is only proficient in destruction. And that’s what he does.

He backed out of the Paris climate agreement while promising a “better deal for America.” But nothing came of the promise, neither a plan nor meaningful talks. In Trump’s Washington, the only thing that matters is dismantling the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump also promised to improve Obama’s health care plan, but the details are complex and bothersome. So Trump destroyed Obamacare and has done nothing to replace it.

Now, he is playing the same game on the world stage with the Iran nuclear deal. Trump refers to it as “the worst deal ever,” which is why he has now pulled the U.S. out of it. The negotiations that resulted in the deal in 2015 were a masterpiece of international diplomacy, but there are no plans in place to launch new talks.

Trump wants to bring the Iran regime to its knees with sanctions, but domestic political considerations in Tehran make it unlikely that the country will buckle. Leaders who demonstrate weakness in Iran are discarded. It seems more likely that they will close ranks. Iran-supported groups like Hezbollah are likely to pour fuel on the fire of conflicts in Yemen or Lebanon — as close as possible to Israel’s border. Iran presumably won’t pursue the path of extreme escalation, since such a path wouldn’t be beneficial, but it will likely cease allowing observers into the country, stop providing information on its uranium enrichment activities. It will seek to conceal what the West would like to know.

And what are the benefits of Washington’s radical move? There are none. Just chaos where there was once order. Just American capriciousness after decades of stability.

The most shocking realization, however, is one that affects us directly: The West as we once knew it no longer exists. Our relationship to the United States cannot currently be called a friendship and can hardly be referred to as a partnership. President Trump has adopted a tone that ignores 70 years of trust. He wants punitive tariffs and demands obedience. It is no longer a question as to whether Germany and Europe will take part in foreign military interventions in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is now about whether trans-Atlantic cooperation on economic, foreign and security policy even exists anymore. The answer: No. It is impossible to overstate what Trump has dismantled in the last 16 months.[Emphasis added] Europe has lost its protective power. It has lost its guarantor of joint values. And it has lost the global political influence that it was only able to exert because the U.S. stood by its side. And what will happen in the remaining two-and-a-half years (or six-and-a-half years) of Trump’s leadership? There is plenty of time left for further escalation.

Europe should begin preparing for a post-Trump America and seek to avoid provoking Washington until then. It can demonstrate to Iran that it wishes to hold on to the nuclear deal and it can encourage mid-sized companies without American clients to continue doing business with Iranian partners. Perhaps the EU will be able to find ways to protect larger companies. Europe should try to get the United Nations to take action, even if it would only be symbolic given that the U.S. holds a Security Council veto. For years, Europe has been talking about developing a forceful joint foreign policy, and it has become more necessary than ever. But what happens then?

The difficulty will be finding a balance between determination and tact. Triumphant anti-Americanism is just as dangerous as defiance. But subjugation doesn’t lead anywhere either — because Europe cannot support policies that it finds dangerous. Donald Trump also has nothing but disdain for weakness and doesn’t reward it.

Clever resistance is necessary, as sad and absurd as that may sound. Resistance against America.

And combine that with EU President Donald Tusk’s tweet of yesterday …

Tusk tweet

“Just chaos where there once was order.”  Says it all, don’t you think?

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  1. Let’s throw this notion into the mix.
    As political entities European States / Europe / America…… so what?
    I’ll elaborate there. For the past few centuries understandably Europe then with The USA saw itself (themselves) as the centre of the World; we had the Empires (oh yes you did USA, ask any Latin American or Philippine), we had the armies, navies and laterally air forces, then we went and with the aid of Japan and Russia knocked ourselves about for nearly fifty years non-stop. Since then, despite the apparent growth of the American military the Transatlantic/Eurocentric matrix has failed (as has Russia) to make a permanent political social impact on the rest of the world. In fact in terms of power, influence and in some cases commercial enterprise the rest of the world is catching up and overtaking (consider China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and India). A mass of others might pay lip-services to this ‘white’ matrix as members of a family might to that cranky old great uncle but once he’s left will go their own way.
    The old notion that Russia intends to dominate all of Europe is questionable. Russia might be satisfied with a Western Europe which pretends Russia is doing nothing within the sphere of the old Iron Curtain (apart from Poland and the Baltic ’cause NATO has to look good somewhere). So the underlying European antagonism to an attempt at old-school dominance by the USA is bound the rankle and could reach a tipping point with an increase individual populist governments so that whatever USA says will be knee-jerked rejected. (Oh gladsome day Russia).
    The European based large commercial interests are troubled by the threat of sanctions, however in a World Economy there is likely to be non-European combines willing to task the risk and fill the gap, which in turn will cause the Euro-based groups to think ‘Hmm…What, the Hell…Let’s get on board’ And everything gets transatlantic messy.
    AND the rest of the World starts to say ‘SFW. Europe? USA? We have computers, we have commodities, we have capital, we can create nebulous wealth too, and while we are about it, since when have one of your conventional armies, in the past 60 years actually won a war which imposed a permanent political solution?’
    Thus on a world stage where billions of folk can now mobilise and communicate and have a lot of issues with the ‘White Man’s’ influence of the past is this USA/European business actually going to have transaction? Is it time for the USA to note the way Europe declined and wonder if some tidying up of Her own backyard and retrenching is essential. To stop trying to impose, only assist and quietly influence, if the USA wants to stay on the stage. Otherwise Western Europe/USA… The World says…. So What?.
    PS: Russia should take note; Russia is not immune. If Russia and Putin think they can really keep all that mix of Eastern Europe under control like they did in the Cold War times…….good luck with that, Russia tried to play the nationalist card to Russia’s advantage….once nationalism is out of the bottle, it does not go back easily…..
    The old orders changeth; Long History is warning.

    Oh yeh….President Trump, I forgot to mention him in all this…… not really that important in this topic, just another piece of the flotsam.

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    • Why did you become an accountant? You, my friend, should have been a political analyst, an historian, a diplomat, a professor of history, a professor of … almost anything! And like myself, you decided to count beans because it was a steady and reasonably well-paying career.

      I can always count on you for perspective, which I too often lack. And a bit of humour thrown in. Thank you, dear Roger. Shifting sands … the world is a frightening place these days, but perhaps it has always been and I was simply too complacent. But we won’t need to worry about the U.S. much longer anyway, because we all have guns (NOT me) and we’re just going to keep shooting each other until there’s nobody left to care. Yes, it is time for the U.S. to do some tidying up of her own backyard, but instead, she is throwing more trash in the backyard.

      Hugs to Sheila!!!

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      • Thank Jill for your kind words.
        It was a steady job, Sheila was expecting, then came along two others. Y’ know how it goes. And I didn’t have 40+ years of reading, experience etc tucked under me belt.
        Sometimes we can only look after our own and resolve not to give way to the drumbeats of the populists of whatever stripe.
        Take care of you and yours Jill
        Best wishes

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        • Yep, I know exactly, for it was the same principle I was operating on. Needed to have money to pay the mortgage, clothe the kids and put food on the table. All the jobs that paid anything were for accountants. At some point, I regretted it … probably the first time I quit a job because I was being told to do something illegal. So, I went back for a Masters in Political Science, but never really had the chance to use it. Ah well … water under the bridge … now I am a cook/laundress/charwoman … and happy to be so. Not much money in it, but the pay comes in hugs, kisses, laughter and love. 😊

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          • Yeh, I was on the other side; doing things which were quite legal but very unfair! (I was only obeying orders)
            As for ‘the pay’ Very true Jill. Very true!

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            • I was never much good at obeying orders, unless they made sense to me. I was a rebel, and yet, still mostly respected by my bosses. Most realized that I was telling them what they needed to hear, and while they might not like it, my best advise was what they were paying me for. But … I worked in the private sector, which is a lot different than working for the government. I interviewed for a job early on with the IRS, and was told I was ‘too nice’ for the position! Hah! Me? Nice? Ah well, I was younger then, so perhaps … 😏

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              • Y’see that’s where the IRS is at fault.
                In the UK it would be ‘the person does not display the flexibility and perception needed’
                Translation: Not sneaky, devious and evasive enough. 😆

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                • 😁 So true. And that is why I never had an interest in running for any office … not sneaky, devious and evasive enough! I did, however, almost join the CIA at one time … and likely could have, for I passed the exam with a good score and was invited to proceed to the next step. But … I remembered I had 3 children and getting killed somewhere in Siberia might not be a good idea at that point 😅

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  2. I have been following a television series, “The Blacklist’, which details the exploits of a stealth assassin, who is an impostor, having taken the identity of a former criminal associate. His imposture was revealed only in last night’s season finale. Donald Trump has foisted an imposture on the lower middle class of the United States, mostly white people, whose self-worth has been degraded for decades. He has them chanting “Make America Great Again”, and they are believing that it was the application of “E Pluribus Unum” which has brought America to the point of ruin. In fact, it has been lack of community and the propagation of intolerance which have led to a degradation of our nation.


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  4. Here’s the silver lining in this mess: in the face of international disdain and distrust, American voters can no longer afford to be apathetic. In November, they can remove the GOP majorities in both Houses of Congress. Hopefully, this will happen and that will put some restraint on Trump.

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    • Restraint is not enough, John. The US has to get him out of office as soon as they can. A “lame duck” president is worse than no president at all, and whether or not he is Putin’s “tame duck” that umbilical cord needs to be cut. Ten thousand years of human progress is at stake here, going down the toilet at an incredible rate. I know we still had a loooonnnnggg way to go, but at least we were moving in the right direction. In less than 18 months we have backed up 1000 years. That collapse can only speed up under Trump.
      Let’s see. The USA is 242 years old, almost. It should cease to exist with 2 years at this rate. Let”‘s not see that happen…

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      • I agree that the US needs to get rid of Trump. Ruling out violence for the moment, that leaves the democratic route. We know that this Congress will not impeach Trump no matter what Mueller says in his report. Hence, depriving Trump if his Congressional support in November will not stop him, but it might slow him a bit.

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        • If that is the real story about the USA, then my distrust of democracy is well placed. It should nit be Congress’s job to impeach a president, it should be the people’s job. Congress did not elect him, the people did. It should be up to them if he deserves to stay.
          ‘Nuff said!

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          • I fully agree, and in one sense, it is the people’s decision, as we have the right to toss the garbage out of Congress and elect people who will do what’s right. BUT … the problem is that his approval rating is actually on the rise!!! HOW??? I have no clue. People are bloody fools!


            • Let’s ignore that last sentence for a minute. But this is why I am enjoying my conversations with the Snarky Activist.I am getting a glimpse inside a right wing mind, and trying hard to understand how she sees the world. Her vison is so foreign to me that I am afraid I will never understand it. But still I am trying to keep the line of communication open,in the hopes she will someday say something that I can agree with, and take it from there.
              I have started to ask myself, how closed is my mind? I have to believe she feels her mind is as open as i feel mine is, but yet the disconnect is total so far. I always thought thinking was a process that allowed people to process ideas and make value judgments, and that the process was somehow similar for all. But it isn’t.
              Take for example Tump’s recent comment about an FBI spy in his camp. He openly said, “If true” which to me says he doesn’t know. Yet he is willing to spread the rumour as if it is already fact. Lisa accepts it as fact. I question it. She bases her acceptance on the “fact” that Obama bugged the WH during the transition period. Has that been proven? Not in my mind. There might have been bugs found, but who knows who put them there. And why would Obama do that? It isn’t his style. Maybe I missed some news, and these bugs are fact, but to me it’s just more fake news, a product of Trump’s paranoid mind. I admit I don’t know everything about what goes on in the WH, but it is obvious to me Trump is more interested in ruining Obama’s legacy than he is in creating ohe for himself. The world sees him as a fool right now, a clown and an idiot. Yet he doesn’t seem to care. But a black man as a good president? That cannot be left for history to say. Destroy everything Obama accomplished, that is all Trump is interested in. If the world get destroyed in the process, we’ll, OOPS!

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              • You have just clarified the reason I wanted to do the collaborative post with Lisa … you are trying to find common ground, and that was the whole purpose! Thank you, rawgod … I agree with all you say. I admit that I have set ideas, and I cannot imagine that I will ever respect Trump, for by my estimation he lacks integrity and is not an honest man. But I am trying to open my mind and listen. Easier said than done sometimes. I’m really glad you are enjoying the conversations … as am I, despite the fact that I sometimes hear a low growl coming from somewhere deep within.


                • Not to assume anything about you and your politics, but I am openly as far left as any person can be. Democracy is a failure in my mind, but that is only part of my vision. Any government of any kind is a failure to me, because we can grow ourselves, and govern ourselves, if we want to. But two things need to be changed first before that can happen wholesale:
                  1. We have to teach our young people they are capable of governing themselves, or, in other words, they don’t need anyone telling them what to do.
                  Laws are made to control us, because there are people in this world that believe we need to be controlled. That is inherently false. People have laughed in my face for my beliefs, told me I am crazier than a looney bird, but I will stick to my beliefs to my dying day, and beyond. We can, do, and will someday live without government, because there is no other way. Government is one of the three all-time worst inventions of humanity. We have been robbed of our respect, our trustworthiness, our ability to think, and almost our ability to live as free beings in a world dedicated to people who think they are better than anyone else.
                  2. We do not teach our young people to respect all others, or to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. I have said this in dozens of ways, and countless places. But everyone looks at us who have been taught to be the way others want us to be. As we grow up we are under all kinds of authority figures, starting with our parents, moving on to religious leaders, school teachers, police, politicians, bullies, and older people in general. And by the time we get close to being adults we are so I fluenced by all these authority figures that we cannot even see who we are deep inside. Again we have been robbed of who we really are, or can be.
                  It has become up to us if we can find the inner strengths needed to oppose all those authorities, all of them, except by choice.
                  Unfortunately the easiest way to oppose authority iso thumb your nose at them by breaking their laws. But that just shows you have never gained respect, for yourself, or for others.
                  Lots of people start with that respect, but they aren’t strong enough to combat the constant barrage of messages telling them that criminals are worthless, that they break the law because they have addictions, and mental illnesses, or they are poor and want to live off the charity of others. They always have some reason, and if you say it or hear it enough times from enough different people you start to believe it. I call it brainwashing, most people refer to it as civilizing. We lose belief in ourselves, and that is the worst thing we can do.

                  Suffice it to say, we need more people who know who they are and how they want to live. And we DO NOT need anyone telling us what to do or how to live. WE NEED TO TEACH OURSELVES HOW TO BE SELF-RELIANT, SELF-RESPECTFUL, SELF-TRUSTING, AND SELF-CAPABLE. I learned how to do these things. Anyone can learn how to do these things. Everyone should learn how to do these things.

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                  • My politics, as you’ve likely already discerned, lean pretty far to the left … borderline socialism. But, unlike you, I do not trust humans to self-govern, for they are, by nature, greedy and often cruel. I don’t necessarily think that people need to be controlled, but I DO think that anarchy is a recipe for disaster. Now, if everyone could be trusted to respect the rights of others, to share with those less fortunate, to work hard and take responsibility for themselves and their own lives without using others for their own gain, then maybe. But, human nature being what it is, I don’t see that ever happening.


                    • Ah, but how much of human nature is nature, and how much is nurture? I know this is not an easy question to answer, we discussed it briefly a few days ago,
                      It took me many years to understand respect and responsibility, and I certainly had little help from my abusive father, but I was able to learn how to respect others and how being responsible to myself meant I had to be responsible to, and for, others. I wasn’t always this person, but I made myself over, and changed who I am. And I am just a human being, nothing special. If I can do that, then anyone can do that.
                      The thing is, I had no real role models while I was growing up, so I did ‘t even know I could do this. But now that I know what to look for, I have met people who are naturally like that, and don’t even know it. They live their lives simply, and don’t question themselves. Some are religious, others not, so religion is not a factor. But respect for life is a factor, and so is self-responsibility. These, as far as I can tell, are the keys.
                      They cannot be taught by force, or direction, I do not think. But they can be absorbed through exposure to good role models. There are role models out there. But we need more of them. A

                      ? more.
                      As I tell everyone, this is not something that can happen overnight. A pure religion could teach it, but no religion is pure, and that is why I am a spiritual atheist. No government can legislate it, or would legislate it, so that is why I am a responsible anarchist. These things may seem unnatural, but once a person becomes like this, it is perfectly natural. And it is why I have hope for the future of humanity, as long as we do not blow ourselves up first.

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                    • Yes, you have taught yourself to be a responsible person, and frankly, a nice person. You overcame the odds of not having a role model and having an abusive childhood. But, my friend, there are those who would never teach themselves to be responsible, and I think, based on my observation of humans, that they are by far the majority. I think greed is a far more powerful motivator than peace for far too many. People like you and me, pacifists who do not carry guns, who only want to live our lives, would be doomed from the start in a world with no rules, I think. I am not religious, in fact shun religions, but I also believe that religion was established to serve the purpose Marx attributed to it … the “opiate of the masses”.


                    • The question is not would they teach themselves responsibility, but given the chance and some good role models, could they teach themselves to be responsible?
                      I believe that answer is yes. No, in our present world, this will probably never happen. But our world does not have to stay as it presently is, nor does my imagination describe the impossible.
                      But if I cannot convince people like you the effort is worth it, how could I convince anyone at all? We have to believe it is possible, and continually work towards convincing at least two more people each that it is possible. That way one becomes 3, and three become 9, and 9 turns into 27, and so on.
                      I’m not looking for miracles, all I am looking for is a tiny bit of help. Everything starts with one step, and whether I am such a step or someone else is it is of no consequence to me. But that I can convince two people that the task is worth it, that is of consequence. You, my dear Jill, are my best candidate so far. And hopefully one of your readers will think about my words, and come to my blog, and discover something meaningful there. You do attract some nice people to your blog, you know. And it really doesn’t matter what belief system they come from, or what their politics, or anything like that. All are welcome. Anyone can learn responsibilty. All it takes is a little thinking, and a little work.
                      Maybe I’m asking for too much, I don’t know. John Lennon felt the same way I do. He asked the world to “Imagine”. I’m only asking for two people to imagine. Hopefully my goal is reachable… Then John’s will become reachable too.

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                    • I have copied and pasted, and I’m going to answer this one and the next in an email, if that’s okay. A bit much for the comment section, plus I want some time to ponder it. Your email address still the same?


                    • As for the “opiate of the masses”, it is unfortunate that truer words were never spoken. Religion took away people’s need to be responsible. It is god’s work. It is god’s intention. It is god’s responsibility. That kind of thinking robbed humans of their humanity. They just don’t know it yet.
                      Socialism is just one step towards ridding the world of its greed. Communism is another step, but not a necessary one. Atheism is another step, but maybe just changing the idea of what a god is could do just as well. The Biblical god demands worship. The Biblical god says he is responsible for every living thing in the world, but he does not say in the universe, because the men who pretended to write his words didn’t realise there was a whole universe out there. A true god would have known about the universe. How could one not have known? Either way, being responsible for every living being is impossible. Being responsible for one living being is equally as impossible. Each being is responsible only for itself…
                      And it is only by learning self-responsibility that you learn you are responsible for all living beings. Not god, but you, and me, and everyone else too. By raping our world, we are raping it for everyone. By nurturing our world, we are nurturing it for everyone. It is a choice we must make, and yet, is there really a choice at all?

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    • I think that if we are so foolish as to not vote the bloomin’ republican idiots out of Congress in November, then we deserve what we get. I can tell you one thing … if they don’t, I am applying for a visa out of here! Hugs, John!!!


  5. Dear Jill and friends,

    Remember Russia. This chaos makes Russian officials celebrate with their good fortune to back a bully in the White House who has been wanting to separate US from our allies.

    China plans to come with a deal that its officials know is temporary and this works because they are operating on a long term plan.

    It is my opinion that Iran, UK and EU countries need to buy time by not giving into US as its officials try to intimidate them into going along with US sanctions against Russia but they need to work with Iran to figure out a way for it o be a more stabilizing force in the middle east.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I have no doubt that Russia dances for joy with every stupid move Trump makes in foreign policy, as do the leaders of Saudi Arabia and UAE. I hope the EU nations and UK do NOT give in to the bully, but I’m not sure to what extent they will be able to. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  6. Inept and chaotic. Trump does everything to benefit himself personally and he is a greedy ugly man. But fascists have allied with him to advance their causes. Impeach ASAP. Take Congress a necessity.

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  7. As a European I am disgusted by this socalled president of the USA, with this president you will soon have only countries like Saudi-Arabia as a friend, this is the land where Al-Kaida grew upon and its totalitarian ideology (not in Iran). But this is seemingly not understandable for this ignorant and childish leader at the White House. Unbelievable and stupid!

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  8. I believe Trump must be a psychpath as he just puts on a show of tolerance with others and shows no signs of caring what effect his actions will have on them. It seems he must have his way in everything. It’s a shame he lacks a conscience as the deaths in Palestine lay squarely at his feet and those of Netanyahu. He moved the Embassy to Jerusalem on the anniversary of the founding of Israel, no greater insult could have been offered to the Palestinians, but who cares, he got his own way. Somebody must remove this man before the USA disintegrates into a series of individual small countries sharing a land mass.or divided back along the Mason Dixon Line into Pro-Trumpers and Anti-Trumpers. Whatever happens the hate will take a long time to disperse. Any new relationship with Europe will be under a new President.

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    • He is indeed a psychopath … a megalomaniac with no conscience. Apparently he was even that way as a child, for it is reported that he tried to push a fellow high-school student out of a 2nd story window. Teachers remember him as “incorrigible and swaggering”. So there is no doubt that he has been this way all his life. You’re right. The lives of those Palestinians, some children, most unarmed, lie squarely at his door, as well as any that happen in the future. I suspect he will not serve out his term, but unfortunately, he is doing more damage every day that he remains. I suspect it will be a long time before the EU/UK trust the U.S. again. Sigh.

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  10. Hopefully, we are slowly learning here, also, that we can only depend on OURSELVES to SAVE US! Get out to the Demonstrations & ALWAYS, ALWAYS VOTE. NO MORE STOLEN ELECTIONS! THIS HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH!
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español soon. It’s about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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  11. Jill, this was destined to happen with the bully who cares not about relationships unless you flatter him. We feared before the election the US would become a pariah with this man in charge. I just did not think it would happen so quickly.

    On top of this Der Spiegel article and Tusk’s comments, Japan announced yesterday rebuttal tariffs on the US totaling $409 million seeking approval from the UN. Many in the US do not know this, including the President, but Japan has been our staunchest ally for some time. And, they were surprised the US did not give them an exception on the tariffs.

    Fox News and the pundit shows need to start talking about what the world thinks of the President. This “Bad news about Trump is fake news” has got to stop. Trump is causing the bad news and we are suffering as a result. Keith

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  12. Fox News especially and even US network news are too easy on Trump and gang. I believe I get a broader, truer story watching Reuters, BBC, and Aljazeera. Yes, globalization seems to be at the center of America’s angst and we must come to terms with the fact that it will happen whether America likes it or not.

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  13. It’s terrifying. We are numbered among the barbarians of North Korea and the Russian Federation. Our government is in the hands of evil, if we don’t want the world to see the American people as evil we need to stand up and make sure they see us demanding trump’s removal from office.

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  14. He is a dangerous, psychopath and he has to be stopped. Impeachment is not enough!!!! He needs to be imprisoned…removed from society along with Pence and the rest of his family. He is endangering our safety and status with the rest of the world. I fear for our safety!!!!!!!!

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  15. The problem with being an ignorant bully who says s/he’s not one is that sometimes there will be others in the world who are smarter and wiser, and they will find out about it and blow the story. It’s like the US is a family where the head of the household is ignorant and abusive, and now everyone is finding out how ignorant and abusive the person is, and things fall apart so the abusive ignorant person freaks out and tries to exrt more unwise control. I pray someone smart does something smart and things get better. Living in insanityworld is very hard on all of us–

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  16. Angry people who empower megalomaniacs risk their own destruction. Leaders and politicians who either incite angry people or ignore their fears and concerns risk everyone’s destruction. Globalization doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and it can be a very good thing. But, globalization is perceived so negatively today because it was corruptly implemented. Now, there is no going back. Modern civilization, and perhaps even Homo sapiens, will survive or not. If not, who will be to blame?

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    • Globalization is here to stay. Technology brought it about, and unless through some cataclysmic event technology dies, the world is a much smaller place today than it was 50 years ago. People don’t understand. Will homo sapiens survive? Hmmm … in truth, I rather doubt it, for they are arrogant and greedy, believing that every single thing on earth was placed here solely for their convenience and enjoyment, and have little or no regard for aught else. I suspect mankind will bring about his own extinction at some point, if grown men with little boy minds don’t push the nuclear buttons and annihilate us first. Sorry … I’m not usually so bleak, but the events of the past week or two are wearing me down.

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      • >>> “Will homo sapiens survive? Hmmm … in truth, I rather doubt it, for they are arrogant and greedy, believing that every single thing on earth was placed here solely for their convenience and enjoyment, and have little or no regard for aught else.”

        Jill, you just described how globalization was corrupted. Technology is simply tools. We humans create it and decide how to use it. A man can build a house with a hammer and saw, or he can use them to tear one down. The hammer and saw can do nothing on its own.

        If modern civilization fails, which you suggest that it might, then globalization is not here to stay.

        I understand your pessimism about our future. It’s hard not to be pessimistic these days.

        We are not going to solve the angry populist problem if we polarize ourselves into two opposing camps – those for globalism, and those against. We must learn why it isn’t working and why so many people feel outrage. Simplistic, over-generalized assertions like the flippant dismissal of populist sentiment as anti-immigrant xenophobia won’t get us anywhere. The issue is far more complicated than that.

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        • I know you are right, my friend. This nation is so divided now that I have doubts we will ever again feel like the UNITED States. I don’t know what it takes to fix it. Well, yes, I DO know … it takes people listening … really listening … to one another, and being willing to compromise. It takes honesty, hard work and integrity in our government — sorely lacking today. It is, indeed, hard to be an optimist in this climate … every day the news seems to get worse than the day before, and nothing is being done at the highest levels to change it. Interesting times we live in … if you consider ulcer-causing and heart-stopping to be interesting, that is.

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          • I don’t know what it will take to fix it either. But, I do know that history can teach us a lot. What has worked reasonably well before, and what hasn’t? It seems that economic and political balance are key. It provides the social stability necessary for great achievements to spontaneously occur. When people don’t have to worry about everyday survival, hyper-competitiveness, imminent threats and war, their minds are free to pursue creative endeavors.

            From the New Deal days of FDR into the 1970s, America had dramatically more economic and political balance than it does today. Its achievements are monumental in retrospect. Can you imagine the nation under Reagan/Bush, Clinton, Bush II, Obama, and now Trump able to pass historic civil rights laws or send men to the Moon? I can’t. Such lofty goals are unthinkable in a country with the worsening social imbalances which transpired during their presidencies.

            It is something to consider. Hope you have a great day, Jill. 🙂

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            • Hmmm … you’ve given me some things to think about. I thought, really thought, that Obama could and would do great things. I still think he might have, had it not been for the obstructive Congress he had to deal with, and the latent racism. But one thing about what you say … the economy did tank in 2007-2008, for reasons we both understand. But since then, it has been on a consistent upswing, so it really hasn’t been the case the country was economically depressed. More to the point, I think, is the income disparity. Rather like … there is plenty to go around, but a few greedy ones are taking way more than their share. And certainly the current administration is only perpetuating that.

              You are definitely right that we can learn a lot from history, and I frequently bemoan the fact that we so quickly forget the lessons of history. The ‘populist movement’, I think, is a prime example of that!

              Thanks, Robert … you too!!!

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    • Many thanks, dear friend! Far too many don’t care, for they don’t understand. Most people, I think, only care about domestic issues, and even then, they only care if it affects them directly and immediately. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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      • <> … I think it’s because America’s thinking is limited to the nation’s boundaries … most don’t even know about Puerto Rico! … let alone other nations.
        The Ugly American is real … and the Fool on the Hill is making it worse, emboldening that thinking and other negative qualities!
        It makes me sad …. hugs, tight hugs!!

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