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America's global game of brinksmanship with the Soviet Union during the Cold War led to us to adopt contradictory positions. Then 9/11 happened and public opinion and the outlook of America's foreign policy establishment grew darker. We had to fight back. If nations used their freedom to back the United States and its aims, then we would cheerfully quote Jefferson. But if they dissented, or resisted, or if people living within their borders plotted against us, then all bets were off. Then American troops or special forces or CIA operatives or armed drones would swoop in to make sure they were stopped in their tracks, self-determination be damned. U.S. has spent the past 18 years swatting at insects capable of inflicting pain but falling far short of the capacity to pose an existential threat.Which means, in effect, that the nations of the world must be divided into two camps: those that are with us and those that are against us. Precisely how long this arrangement can go on is anyone's guess — but we know it can't last forever, or anything close to it. The U.S. is indisputably in relative decline.
We can't control the peoples of the world; we can only protect ourselves. The sooner we learn to accept that accomplishing the latter doesn't require trying (and failing) to achieve the former, the better.
The world will keep on turning. But younger generations will grow up with a very different picture of America than their parents. China’s Belt and Road Initiative now extends to almost every continent. Even in Germany, which is culturally among the most pro-American of allies, Xi Jinping’s approval rating is far higher than Mr Trump’s.
The share of global elites educated in America has long since overtaken those who study in places such as Cambridge. US is likely to retain the lion’s share of international students. But if it makes a habit of denying them work visas — and scorning the “huddled masses” — peacetime anti-Americanism will long outlast Mr Trump.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
Im good with that, lets close down on all but the most necessary bases around the globe bring all the troops home, and let Europe carry the load... wouldn't bother me at all.
The Trump/Erdogan deal was done last year, December 2018, the Kurds were to be thrown under the bus. Why does anyone think Erdogan threw Trump's 9th October 2019 letter into the bin? Yes, the contents were Trump's disclaimer of the affair they already agreed on...Trump just wanted good press for the coming election in bringing the troops home, so he actually..also threw Erdogan with that letter under the bus, after he agreed previously with what Erdogan wanted to do....that's evil personified, why does anyone think Mattis resigned at that time...Mattis saw the evil, that's why.