Opinion | Talk Tough, and Weaken America – by David Leonhardt – NYT

There is a theme to President Trump’s foreign policy: Talk tough, and weaken America’s global standing. It’s virtually the opposite of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous line, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

In Asia, for example, Trump’s withdrawal from a trade pact has thrilled China’s leaders, clearing the way for China to increase its regional influence at the expense of the United States. Yesterday, of course, Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The decision horrified America’s closest allies. Our enemies and rivals, on the other hand, are quite pleased.

“I don’t see any way Iran hardliners aren’t going to take this as a big win,” tweeted Melissa Hanham of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

via Opinion | Talk Tough, and Weaken America – The New York Times

About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com. David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)gmail.com.
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