The Decline Of American Leadership Explained In Two Stunning Minutes

The words of Chris Uhlmann, commenting for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, speak for themselves. There’s nothing I can think of right now that I could say to improve upon his analysis of our current decline:

 

The G20 became the G19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accords the United States was left isolated and friendless.

It is, apparently, where this US President wants to be as he seeks to turn his nation inward.

Donald Tr-mp has a particular, and limited, skill-set. He has correctly identified an illness at the heart of the Western democracy. But he has no cure for it and seems to just want to exploit it.

He is a character drawn from America’s wild west, a travelling medicine showman selling moonshine remedies that will kill the patient.

And this week he underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world.

Given the US was always going to be one out on climate change, a deft American President would have found an issue around which he could rally most of the leaders.

He had the perfect vehicle — North Korea’s missile tests.

So, where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea? That would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it and they were prepared to back it but it never came.

There is a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Mr Tr-mp with the thoughts of the man himself.

He did make some interesting, scripted, observations in Poland about defending the values of the West.

And Mr Tr-mp is in a unique position — he is the one man who has the power to do something about it.

But it is the unscripted Mr Tr-mp that is real. A man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions — like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.

He was an uneasy, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some other leaders were trying to find the best way to work around him.

Mr Tr-mp is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters. And there is no value placed on the meaning of words. So what is said one day can be discarded the next.

So, what did we learn this week?

We learned Mr Tr-mp has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we’ll miss it when it is gone.

And that is the biggest threat to the values of the West which he claims to hold so dear.

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  1. There’s nothing I can think of right now that I could say to improve upon his analysis of our current decline . . .

    Me either, Duane. DT is a fool or a traitor, or maybe both. I can’t see it any other way.

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    • Well, Jim, I am absolutely convinced he’s a fool. The latest evidence of that easy call is his suggestion that the U.S. and Russia work together on “cyber.” And he has proven himself a traitor in the generic sense (particularly and publicly on July 27, 2016), even if he can’t be tried for treason in a statutory sense. And beyond his begging the Russians for help last summer (oh, and we all know he knew what his creepy son and son-in-law was up to in June of that year when they met with who they thought was a Russian government operative who would give them some dope on Hillary), his administration is actively trying to un-sanction Russia, make Putin great again, and otherwise jeopardize the national security of the country. If that isn’t treasonous, then we should retire that word, along with our democracy.

      So, my pick is he is both a fool and a traitor.

      Duane

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  2. Robert J Roberts.

     /  July 11, 2017

    Sigh.

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  3. Anonymous

     /  July 13, 2017

    It is going to get worse. After you posted this, Kid Rock and Duane “The Rock” Johnson have hinted that they will run for the Senate and Presidency. We can call it The Apprentice, American Politics.

    Kevin Beck

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    • Kevin,

      I’m hoping both are just publicity stunts and the Kid Rock thing seems like something cooked up to sell music. In any case, we have fallen so far that I don’t think there are any limitations anymore. Sarah Palin may try to pass herself off as a nuke-ya-lur fizicist.

      RDG

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