America’s New International Role: Public Enemy

Great Britain

 

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!

18 comments on “America’s New International Role: Public Enemy”

  1. Brooke says:

    Please, protests fuel this nonsense. Use the more devastating English snub–everyone go indoors and ignore him. You’re simply not at home.

  2. Trace Turner says:

    I wish I could report some good news from the US – at the moment all I can think of is that Trump is there and not here…
    (Sorry)

  3. It is indeed heartbreaking. It is nauseating. The entire nation is on the edge of a stroke caused by high blood pressure that peaks at the evening news. And when I come to Britain this summer, I anticipate starting every conversation with an apology.

    Yes, I’m sorry, he’s a dangerous idiot, we’re trying our best to get rid of him.

  4. keith page says:

    I suppose the unlamented George Osborne wasn’t a lying politician? And what about the Ministry of Truth[sorry; Biased Broadcasting Corporation]?.Surely the disgraceful Khan is also a target for legitimate protest as well? He is of course desperate to air his leftist credentials in his bid for the Labour leadership.He will certainly appeal to the viciously strident Corbyn supporters.

  5. John Griffin says:

    Hi, I’m a viciously strident Corbyn supporter. Boo!!!!!

  6. Helen Martin says:

    I’m with the snub group. That was an interesting discussion we had going about cars and their role in modern life. I agree that there were complaints about those electrics but electricity of some form is certainly the way to go where electricity can be readily created from environmentally sound sources. Leave fossil fuels in the ground!

  7. Peter Tromans says:

    Almost all politicians, good and bad, but especially those who most want to govern, have psychological problems. One is narcissism, which drives their attention seeking at all cost and immunises them against criticism. Another is difficulty in recognising facts that don’t align with their wishes.

    I don’t blame them. I do blame us for electing them. We, the electorate, want easy answers and seem to love liars and people who think they are good even when they are useless. We prefer the Micawbernomics of Schaeuble and Thatcher though it’s demonstrably irrational. And if we can blame some other ‘tribe’, liberal-pervert-radical-foreigner for our problems, great!

    As for communication and the media, it should ameliorate. Unfortunately, we’ve moved into an era of the catchy one liner, the smart tweet, the home of simple answers. The press barons, with their agendas, just love them as well. The poor old BBC and similar try, but are so scared of politicians that they misinform by omission, failing to point out blatant lies and fake news.

  8. SteveB says:

    Hmmm
    Let me put a slightly opposing point of view.
    America is actually doing quite well so far under Trump.
    What Trump said about the North Stream pipeline and the operational German relationship with Russia was pretty much spot on (In my opinion it was a real scandal that Bulgaria was denied the South Stream line).
    Trump isnt doing much different than Obama (except Israel, for sure). Obama just said one thing and did another. Remember his line about Cameron not keeping his eye on the ball regarding Libya? What bs. Whatever happens, the US will be out of Europe within the next 30 years and Europe will have to fend for itself. Hillary would have delayed the process but the trend is clear.
    And of course the European regulations are purely about doubling and trebling food prices compared to world prices, to pay for farmers (to the great disbenefit of the uk) The HEV in pork should have been a huge scandal and would have been it the meat was american. I never in my life in the US had a problem with the food.
    The financial services industry across Europe except the UK is just one huge disgrace that the Europeans will never tackle.And it took the US to expose the cheating car companies, which will not be stopped from pumping out their pollution in London.
    Im not defending Trump as a person but many US presidents were not very nice or admirable people.

  9. David Dumas Nohelty says:

    Brooke has stated precisely what must occur. Please no protests, no recognition, just simply “the English snub.”

  10. SteveB says:

    What‘s the connection between Schäuble and Thatcher then? Ah now I understand. But if you think there is a connection between Schäuble austerity and Thatcher austerity, you are misunderstanding quite a lot I think!!

  11. Brooke says:

    Good news: some immigrant children are being returned to their parents. Although many are ill and disoriented, at least they have their parents. So far there are no known dead.

  12. Ian Luck says:

    Trump should be treated like the screaming child he is: ignored.

  13. Denise Treadwell says:

    I am not going here, it is ludicrous. I thought it was about books!

  14. Peter Tromans says:

    ‘Austerity’, I hadn’t thought of it, but, like immigration, it’s a great, one word solution/culprit. It must come from somewhere deep in the politician’s mind, perhaps in all our minds. Is it connected with guilt or jealousy? There may be some rational arguments for and against it, but do they really play a part?

  15. Sally Erickson says:

    Most of us in the U.S. are embarrassed by Trump. And he did not win the popular vote. The farmers in my agricultural state are very worried about tariffs. Trump may be the only person who could get people who have voted Republican since the Civil War to switch to the Democratic party.

  16. admin says:

    Your main advantage is a strong economy right now; with Brexit approaching we don’t even have that!

  17. Wayne Mook says:

    The US economy has been growing since the crash so no surprise it’s been picking up (it’s still under the China growth), but the ensuing trade war could begin to halt this. As Trump’s policies start to come into force we’ll know what his effect is, the 1st year was mainly battles in the houses. He did make it clear he would put tariffs on China and other countries goods, so he’s keeping his word about protectionism. It’s his contradictory comments that muddy the water and the trade deficit is a problem but it has been more down to the deregulation of companies in the west that have then allowed them to outsource to make profit which followed on from the 50’s & 60’s to asset strip companies in the west.

    A big problem is the monopolisation of capital which is increasing, in the UK as well as Trumps tax breaks. When the big crash comes it’s going to even worse.

    With Trump though it’s all the other comments and baggage that are distressing, still he’s not as bad as Berlusconi was. Could you imagine trump in bunga bunga party.

    I see the vote for Trump and the Brexit vote as part of a backlash against big business and the bailing out of the banks, sadly scapegoats will be chosen instead of fixing the big problems.

    Wayne.

  18. Ed B says:

    Amen to everything admin writes. As an American I am so saddened and embarassed by our POTUS.

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