Washington Post: A President Trump Could End The Era Of American Global Leadership Or Something

Sunday, the Washington Post Editorial Board told us that a President Trump could “deport freely”, which was supposed to be a negative. Monday we learn something interesting (which fails to mention the phrase “leading from behind”)

A President Trump could end the era of American global leadership

IN NO realm is the U.S. president more powerful than in matters of national security. A president may launch wars, conduct intelligence operations and strike deals with foreign governments with minimal checks from the courts and Congress. If he wished, a President Donald Trump could carry out — or at least order — many of the most extreme proposals he has tossed off during the election campaign.

If Mr. Trump chose to “take the oil” of Iraq or Syria, as he has frequently proposed, he could direct the armed forces to plan and launch such an operation, whatever its prospects for success. If he wanted to assassinate foreigners who opposed him, he could unilaterally and secretly change the executive order prohibiting such action. If he wanted to reinstate waterboarding and other torture methods for use on detainees, he could cancel President Obama’s orders governing torture and appoint lawyers to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel willing to issue a secret opinion invalidating a congressional ban.

Mr. Trump could launch surveillance programs targeting foreigners without informing Congress. He could scrap — again, without public notice — the rules Mr. Obama instituted for limiting U.S. drone strikes. He could shut U.S. bases abroad, withdrawing troops from Japan, South Korea and Europe.

Could might may. Last time I checked Trump didn’t start a war in Libya which turned the nation into a hotbed of radical Islam and a truly failed state, nor did he fail to implement the security measures that the diplomatic personnel on the ground were begging for in Benghazi as all the other nations, along with the news media, were abandoning the region due to the threat of extreme violence.

The WPEB spends a few more paragraphs whining about what Trump might may could possibly do regarding NATO and Putin (last time I checked, it wasn’t Trump getting punked by Russia nor seeing Russia take over a portion of Crimea on his watch), ending with

In sum, the election of Mr. Trump would likely bring about the end of the era of American global leadership that began in 1945. The U.S. alliances built after World War II, which have been the foundation of that strength, would be disregarded. A new, cynical, self-interested America would emerge, ready to use walls, boycotts, assassination and torture to achieve its aims, and to partner with like-minded regimes such as Russia. For those who believe in traditional American liberal values, the world would become a much colder — and more dangerous — place.

Obama, with Hillary by his side for 4 years, annoyed our allies and patronized our enemies. Iran is treated better than Israel. Obama downplayed our relationships with England and Germany, and relationships with Japan and South Korea are so-so. The rise of ISIS happened under his watch. He blew off the Iranian Green Revolution and the Arab Spring. He and Hillary held up Bashar Assad as a “reformer.” How’s that working out? They blew out our relationship with Egypt by calling for the end of Mubarek and forcing him out (granted, not the greatest of people) and supported the installation of the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamic organization that had long been banned in Egypt, with hardcore Islamist Mohammed Morsi as President. Obama was upset when the Egyptian military forced him out with a coup and installed people who weren’t radical Islamists, ending with the current president, El Sisi.

Our allies do not trust or respect us, our enemies are taking advantage of us. Obama pushed the idiotic Iran nuclear deal, which simply kicked the can down the road for their nuclear aspirations. Yet, the WPEB is worried about Trump? Please. Perhaps they can explain exactly what Hillary accomplished as Secretary of State.

Just to be clear, I have serious misgivings about Trump as president, though not as many as Hillary. We don’t know what he would actually do. There’s no record. He could be great. Or, he could be miserable, like Obama. We are assured Hillary would be miserable, based on her record. All in all, though, this WPEB piece is deranged.

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8 Responses to “Washington Post: A President Trump Could End The Era Of American Global Leadership Or Something”

  1. john says:

    Teach our allies would much rather have Clinton than Trump especially those who are in NATO
    Our allies think Trump is weak against Russia

  2. john says:

    Liam is “sure about things like that because ………???? Charity Navigator has now given the Clinton Foundation a perfect score 4 stars
    https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Charity-Navigator-Removes/234700
    SO does CharityWatch

    https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/bill-hillary-chelsea-clinton-foundation/478
    Strangely Teach no longer mentions their new ratings

  3. Hank_M says:

    “A President Trump could end the era of American global leadership”

    Any more global leadership the likes of which Obama and Hillary have provided and the whole damn world will be at war.

  4. Hoagie says:

    1.Teach our allies would much rather have Clinton than Trump

    IF that is true john, and I have no reason to believe it is or isn’t, it only means Klepto Klinton is perceived by them as doing more for them. It has zero bearing on whether she/it would be better for US. I don’t vote based on who France likes, do you?

  5. drowningpuppies says:

    On the drunken senile Hag, liberal media, and polls…

    Congratulations are in order for the people of Colombia, who, in a democratic referendum, have rejected the peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces known as FARC. The vote is a rejection of a compromise with a nihilistic Marxist movement whose entry into peace talks was one of the most cynical maneuvers in the history of the Americas. Yet the resulting compact was hailed by nearly every liberal paper and politician in the world (including Hillary Clinton), only to be brought up short by a people who turned out to be smarter than the elites who rule them.

    http://www.nysun.com/editorials/colombias-courage/89740/

  6. Dana says:

    Mr Puppies quoted:

    Yet the resulting compact was hailed by nearly every liberal paper and politician in the world (including Hillary Clinton), only to be brought up short by a people who turned out to be smarter than the elites who rule them.

    But that’s just it: the elites don’t accept the notion that they were “brought up short by a people who turned out to be smarter than” them, but simply insist that the unwashed masses are so stupid that they took the wrong decision, and that’s why the masses must not be allowed to rule themselves, but must be ‘guided’ by the elites. ‘Tis Plato’s Republic, writ for modern times.

  7. Stosh says:

    John is secretly hoping Trump wins, he thinks Trump could unseat Obozo from the title of “Worst President Ever”

    Jimmy Carter thanks God every night for Obozo’s reign of incompetency.

  8. Jeffery says:

    W: 9/11, Iraq invasion, Great Recession

    Heckuva job, Bushie.

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