Trump’s follies

Two former US diplomats, Professor Michael McFaul (← left) who was the United States Michael_McFaulAmbassador to Russia and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the 220px-AmbassadorBurnsPresident and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council, and William J Burns (right →) who was also Ambassador to Russia and Deputy Secretary of State and is now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, have penned separate article in Foreign Affairs that follow a common thread which, as Ambassador Burns says, in his article, is that President Donald J Trump, “by using his public office for personal gain … [has] … affirmed Putin’s long-held conviction—shared by autocrats the world over—that Americans are just as venal and self-absorbed as they are, just more hypocritical about it. For dictators, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving, a non-stop advertisement for Western self-dealing. So much for enlightened self-interest. So much for the power of our example. So much for our credibility.

Bear in mind, please that while both Ambassadors Burns and McFaul are distinguished public servants in their own right, I doubt that either would self-identify as a Trump supporter.

In his article, Professor McFaul says that President “Trump has affected almost every facet of U.S. foreign policy. And the story to date is not an inspiring one. Trump has personalized, privatized, and deinstitutionalized foreign policy to the detriment of the national interest. That trend has accelerated in recent months, culminating in two disastrous missteps vis-à-vis Ukraine and Syria. In the process, the American public has suffered, U.S. allies have lost, and U.S. adversaries have gained—none more so than Russian President Vladimir Putin.

memorygeorge-hw-bush-rememberedIn short, it took the US-led West, itself led by presidents from Harry S Truman to George HW Bush, almost 50 years to beat back Soviet Russian aggression and now, in just three years, Donald J Trump has turned US policy on its head and has given Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un and 51bf59b3ecad044e73000010-320-240DonaldTrumpevery other tin-pot dictator around the globe almost everything they want. He has turned America’s policies on their heads, which presidents are allowed to do in a free and democratic society, and he has abandoned America’s long-term vital interests and America’s traditional allies, too. President Trump, like all of his predecessors, swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” which says, specifically, that its very aim is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” but he has, Ambassadors Burns and McFaul say, and I agree, broken his oath and has squandered the “Blessings of Liberty” as he, unintentionally ~ out of sheer ignorance ~ to be sure,  has put American foreign policy in the service of despots and dictators.

That, squandering his country’s heritage because he’s a narrow-minded nincompoop is why Donald J Trump should be impeached.

I believe that President Trump is a narrow-minded nincompoop but, as far as I know, that is not a “high crime,” nor is it even a “misdemeanour;” it is, simply, the natural state of Donald J Trump and tens of millions of his followers. I also believe that the current attempt to impeach President Trump will fail, but not until after the articles of 220px-James_BuchananScreen Shot 2019-10-10 at 06.12.33impeachment are voted upon and there is rioting in the streets of America ~ all of which will help President Trump to be re-elected in 2020, despite being amongst the very worst presidents in US history. (James Buchanan (← left) is often considered to be the bottom of the heap.)

nikki-haleyMy guess is that President Trump will serve until 2024 and will be replaced by another Trumpian ~ quite possibly Ambassador Nikki Haley. I also suspect that the Democratic Party will split, sometime in the 2020s into two warring wings: the Liberal Democrats (the Obama Party) and the Social Democrats (the Bernie Sanders Party) to use European terms but that neither, nor the two united, will be able to defeat the Trumpians nor a resurgent Republican Party which will rise, again, in the 2030s when the Trumpians, inevitably, become old and tired and out of fresh ideas.

But, for the time being, until 2024, I believe that President Trump is secure and, therefore America and the US-led West, the free world, are in peril.

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