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Sunday, July 9, 2017

America and Trump: a View from Australia

At Australia's ABC, Chris Uhlmann offers a dark view of Trump's performance at G20. Even though the US was all alone on climate change, he could have leg on North Korea. He failed even to try.
There is a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Mr Trump 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 Trump 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 Trump 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.
We learned Mr Trump 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.