America’s New International Role: Public Enemy
It’s not usually what state visits are used for, but then the POTUS doesn’t go for usual. On his first presidential visit to the UK (primarily to open the so-called Fortress of Solitude, a bombproof embassy that has a moat) he’s announced no confidence in our PM and has instead nominated Boris Johnson, as if he can choose the leaders of other countries by blackmailing them over trade. Only the Daily Telegraph, continuing its long history of backing the wrong horse, has reacted positively to the latest diplomatic outrage.
By openly displaying the parliamentary schism we can more clearly see who is a friend and who’s an enemy. Nobody wants to make an enemy of America, especially not in the UK, whose people have always felt a strong bond with Americans. But on the international stage Trump is demoting his country’s status more every day, cosying up to fascist nations and fawning over the Russian dictator who helped elect him and is poisoning British citizens in their own country.
Articles have now started to appear that reassess America’s past international roles, pointing out that the ‘special relationship’ never existed and that America entered WWII with the greatest reluctance, crippling the UK with payments for half a century. People’s opinions are changing fast.
The Observer says; ‘Most Americans believe that the US military is the best and most formidable in the world. If that is correct, why, since the end of World War II, has the US lost every war it started and failed every time it used force without just cause? Indeed, if the US military was a sports team, it would land in the bottom divisions.’
With each new assessment good faith drops, and Trump uses every opportunity to exacerbate the problem. He’s running the USA as a business, daily roughing up his competitors, but it’s a technique that patently doesn’t work. We’re asking ourselves; do we need a trade agreement that will flood the UK with everything from chlorinated chicken to unapproved medicines?
It must be heartbreaking for Americans who believe in human rights. Pro-Trump voters see only patriotism and a vaguely promised prosperity; everyone else sees a grotesque carnival of greed and stupidity.
British patriotism is tainted in a way that American patriotism is not. We don’t pledge allegiance or have a constitution, and are no longer religious, so patriotism is only taken up by a handful of disenfranchised extremists. We rely instead on a fluctuating system of checks and balances – but this system was thrown into chaos by two lying politicians, David Cameron and Boris Johnson. Now it has Trump to contend with as well.
Perhaps none of this matters. Perhaps it’s all just posturing nonsense, brinkmanship and chest-beating. But it’s insulting for the American people to be misrepresented by their own president. We tell ourselves it can’t last forever, but there’s a danger that deeper damage will become permanent.
As there mass protests assemble here, let’s counteract all this by having some good news from the US!