13 Nov 2016

Is America still the leader of the free world?

Article at the Washington Post, its Russian translation on Inosmi and comments of Russian readers.

Original post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/under-president-trump-america-may-no-longer-lead-the-free-world/2016/11/09/921bbbbe-a67b-11e6-ba59-a7d93165c6d4_story.html Russian translation and comments at http://inosmi.ru/politic/20161113/238193672.html#comments



Is America still the leader of the free world?



Donald Trump arrives for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

By Anne Applebaum Columnist November 9

LONDON

For the United States and for Europe, the moment of reckoning has now arrived: The West as we know it is nearing the end of its life. The United States of America has just elected as president a man who not only brags about groping women and swindles his business partners but also openly dislikes America’s traditional allies — and Europeans most of all.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what he has been saying for many, many years. As long ago as 2000, in his ghostwritten book “The America We Deserve,” Trump wrote that “America has no vital interest in choosing between warring factions whose animosities go back centuries. . . . Their conflicts are not worth American lives. Pulling back from Europe would save this country millions of dollars annually. The cost of stationing NATO troops in Europe is enormous. And these are clearly funds that can be put to better use.”

Throughout the election campaign, he has repeated these views over and over again, even as he has flip-flopped and changed his mind about almost everything else. On abortion, he can go either way, depending on his audience. He was for the Iraq War before he was against it. But on NATO — and on Russia — Trump never wavers. In March, he described NATO as “obsolete.” In his first foreign policy speech, he proclaimed “America First,” using a famous isolationist slogan last heard in the 1940s. He has called for Japan and South Korea to acquire nuclear weapons.

At the same time, he has consistently praised the world’s dictators, Russia’s Vladimir Putin most of all. In 2014, he praised Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since then, he has spoken with admiration of Putin’s “strength,” of his cruelty, even of his penchant for murdering journalists. Trump does not speak of Russia’s economic decline or its fierce authoritarianism, perhaps because he does not know about them or perhaps because he does not care. His campaign received open assistance from Russia in the form of massive hacking and leaks, and he publicly called on Russia’s security services to steal more.

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Trump has also surrounded himself, from the beginning of his political career, with people linked to Putin, to Gazprom, and to Russian oligarchs. Newt Gingrich, the man who may be Trump’s secretary of state and who is certainly a senior adviser, has recently described Estonia as a country “in the suburbs of St. Petersburg” and thus not worth defending. Whatever Trump says tomorrow or the next day, the doctrine of deterrence has been officially abandoned: It cannot be defended by a man who does not believe in it.

A few weeks ago, I spoke at an event attended by commanders of land forces from all across Europe. To a man, they remained grimly committed to their job, which everyone in the room understood to be twofold: protect Europe from terrorism, and protect Europe from Russia. The meeting was led, as is natural in a NATO context, by American generals. Now we can no longer assume that American generals will always be leading such meetings. We also cannot assume that Russian military advances, or hybrid-warfare advances, into Ukraine or the Baltic states will be pushed back by an alliance of like-minded countries.

Under President Trump, we cannot assume that America is still the leader of the free world — or the leader of anything. Protectionism, not free trade, has just won this election, and that will have consequences, too. We have to expect that transatlantic trade and transpacific trade treaties are not going to be passed. We have to assume that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be unpacked. Free trade had all kinds of consequences, but one of the advantages is that it kept countries closely linked politically as well as economically. Walls, both metaphorical and physical, will go up all over the world, between Western countries and against others.

None of this will happen quickly. It will take time — years and years — for the consequences of the coming transformation of the international political system to unfold. The initial stock market plunge reversed itself, just as it did after the Brexit vote in Britain. Treaties take years to unravel, and a policy shift of this kind takes a generation. But change is coming, as the populists have been telling us in so many countries. For the next few days and weeks, Americans will be focused on the consequences of this election at home, particularly given that a Trump-led Republican Party now dominates the House and Senate and will dominate the Supreme Court, too. But it is important to be clear-eyed about the consequences for the rest of the world, too.

Comments



00:17 13.11.2016 | 5

SirPersival


It's clear that Anya Applebaum in this regard is personally biased, because of her Radek.

At the photo, Trump visiting Obama is evidently out of his element, or annoyed, or is not actively supporting what Obama says, who, under a good Kenyan tradition, put a basin of large juicy apples on the floor in front of his guest.

Anne [the author] adds fuel to the fire of protests held by Hillary supporters, requiring electors to break with tradition and vote for Hillary instead of Trump on 19.12.2016, for which Americans voted, and elected those electors. If that happens, it will not be the best outcome of the American elections, perhaps this will be the first really big failure of the American system of representative government in the country since the adoption of the US Constitution. We wish the American people to have calm and clear mind at such difficult times.

00:40 13.11.2016 | 2

zwaan


SirPersival, try to imagine the reaction of a half of America who won the elections "fair and square" (honestly and without doubt), and then someone would take away their victory?

While thinking, do not forget an important detail that the possession of personal weapons such as "automatic assault rifle" is totally legal in the United States...

1:05 13.11.2016

SirPersival


Zwaan, for them it will be a worse choice than the election of Hillary to power, although this I cannot imagine.

4:08 13.11.2016

ment_alitet


Zwaan, >"... the possession of personal weapons such as "automatic assault rifle" is totally legal in the United States... "

Here is what the life-giving Constitution and amendments thereto do!

5:58 13.11.2016

hrabanaz


Zwaan, the crazy hag [Hillary] lost the elections, even with 'dead souls', carousels and magical machines to vote. Nobody believed in the victory of Trump, because under such information and administrative pressure his real superiority had to be overwhelming. It's not Trump who won, it is Clinton who lost. Literally every other Democratic candidate, with such a resource would beat Trump.

And assault rifles in the US are sold in the category of civilian weapons, that is, limited in terms of automatic fire capacity. And if you remove this limitation, this rifle becomes a heavy weapons class, and that is a guarantee to take its owner to jail. Taking into account that the Americans are swift to report [to the police], as well as [they conduct] regular checks of the owners, [such removal of limitations] will take you to a prison quickly and efficiently.

13.11.2016 00:22

Ed1985


Yaroslavna's Lament. Oh, Anna!

00:23 13.11.2016 | 4

hermes


Chicken Anne is clucking! Trump is a normal, living, sane, pragmatic American. If these financial corporate lizards, God forbid, not take him out like Kennedy, he will contribute to creating a much safer world! But these bastards seem to be ready for anything.

00:24 13.11.2016 | 8

alex49


>At the same time, he has consistently praised the world’s dictators, Russia’s Vladimir Putin most of all.

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Good dictator ruling a country is better than a bad Democrat.

00:33 13.11.2016 | 2

andrew.by


Polish wife's pains. Balm for the soul! WP [Washington Post] is always a platform for demagogues and losers.

01:10 13.11.2016 | 2

Chtob ya tak zhil


As I understand it from the author, the main flaw of Trump is that he was groping (or just bragged?) women and not men. Is this why he was accused of "incompetence"? As to me, I think it was just common sense and the ability to make informed decisions? And about the "change of position" about a certain issue, 10 years old or older, what are you talking about? Has the author never changed her position in her life, as she came out of the womb? Funny are some arguments in the article. If there is nothing more interesting about Trump, it is only left to pity the titanic and thankless work that has to be done by restless journalists.

1:14 13.11.2016

Chtob ya tak zhil


Yes, this is AppleTree. Quite unexpectedly! She seemed to be long kicked out?

1:46 13.11.2016

medieval alchemist


Chtob ya tak zhil, there is panic in the camp of liberasts???, they are urgently drafting all propagandons??? back to service.

02:18 13.11.2016 | -1

sergey4


One should not have scolded this lady here, [she delivers] a very interesting writing. Is all this true?

9:40 13.11.2016

diolymmyloid


sergey4, there is not just "one" who scolded this lady for scribbling, everybody accuse her of a transcendent Russophobya. Capici?

03:42 13.11.2016 | 1

masha_kupina


I wish Applebaum would not get a nervous breakdown, just look at her agony.

9:49 13.11.2016

stroka07


masha_kupina, yes, she definitely needs some bloodletting.

4:20 13.11.2016

pojgf


She should not be so nervous, [how come that] just yesterday it was more or less ok, and now it is End of Days [for her]. Nothing terrible has happened, the system still works.

4:47 13.11.2016

intolerambler


The Western-brewed porridge is turning increasingly orange-brown color.

VVP??? said that he will work with any US president.

07:52 13.11.2016 | 1

lara


intolerambler, that's it. One should not expect that there will be love and friendship between our countries. There will be bargaining of two players for the benefit of their countries. And this is reassuring.

04:53 13.11.2016 | 5

Nasreddin Hodja


>Since then, he has spoken with admiration of Putin’s “strength,” of his cruelty, even of his penchant for murdering journalists.

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Interestingly, has Putin developed a habit of murdering journalists in the morning, or any other time of the day? And how many at a time? Such habits are not good, and we should get rid of them because it is not comme il faut!

But on the other hand, journalists are plenty now, like cockroaches. And all of them are so arrogant, caddish, unscrupulous, dishonorable and completely illiterate. Maybe it is better to treat them like cockroaches, with your sneakers? Certainly, it is better to use bug killing insecticides, but they seem to be forbidden.

05:43 13.11.2016 | 5

0ncnjqybr


Nasreddin Hodja, when you read what some journalists write, you would understand Putin.

05:28 13.11.2016 | 4

0ncnjqybr


>"To a man, they remained grimly committed to their job, which everyone in the room understood to be twofold: protect Europe from terrorism, and protect Europe from Russia."

As they have failed with the first, they decided to apply all the forces to the second.

9:28 13.11.2016

RomanRus


0ncnjqybr, very well noticed. Russia is often accused of being managed as a besieged fortress, but whether this is really happening in Russia or not, Europe and the US are definitely using this technique. Is there anything Russia is not blamed for? from refugee crisis to Trump winning the election.

6:50 13.11.2016

hohol3985


>or hybrid-warfare advances, into Ukraine or the Baltic states

Are we already picking a fight with sprats????

07:12 13.11.2016 | 2

lara


"America has no vital interest in choosing between warring factions whose animosities go back centuries. Their conflicts are not worth American lives. Pulling back from Europe would save this country millions of dollars annually. The cost of stationing NATO troops in Europe is enormous. And these are clearly funds that can be put to better use."

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It boggles the mind, are they really accusing Trump of this?!

7:45 13.11.2016

RomanRus


This article has no particular topic. There is confusion of everything, all what propaganda-inclined writer would like to put in the heads of readers, and all in the same paragraph.

Here, for example, "At the same time, he has consistently praised the world’s dictators, Russia’s Vladimir Putin most of all."

She could say that Trump has liking to a leader of Russia, a country hostile to the United States. That would be more or less neutral. But she chose to mention the word "dictator" in a context where we are not talking about the form of power.

Or "Since then, he has spoken with admiration of Putin’s “strength,” of his cruelty, even of his penchant for murdering journalists."

Trump has never said anything like this (about journalists). But the author, referring to Trump, seems to add more weight to her words, because no matter how unpleasant Trump may have been for her and many Americans, readers understand that Trump is aware of many things.

08:41 13.11.2016 | 1

Severin


Russophobe fool

9:03 13.11.2016

Retro Grad


Oh!

Well, at least, she is not the one who says what Trump MUST DO, or how to write on the fence...

09:13 13.11.2016 | 3

Blade Runner


Anne Applebaum (Anne Applebaum)

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demons are now jumping on red-hot frying pan?

9:22 13.11.2016

rybakovviktor55


Anne Applebaum could sing his dirge, like Allan Lichtmann, who previously predicted the election of Trump and then promised his soon impeachment!

9:38 13.11.2016

Dmitry S


The Washington Post has turned into a tabloid rag. Soon they will begin writing about the green men and ghosts. And will invite journalists from mental hospitals.

9:50 13.11.2016

chrusha_pirat


Listen, journawhores???!

How long will you keep pouring dirt on your President?

13.11.2016 10:11

anti-Bush


Mwahaha, the Brits are falling into hysteria, it makes me happy; keep telling lies to your zombies that Russia is about to attack the Baltic countries, about the threat of invasion on the British Isles, and we will laugh at them.

10:16 13.11.2016 | 1

reydemeyster80


"...Hybrid Russian campaign in the Baltic States." Did this already happen?!

13.11.2016 10:18

Petrodvortsovy


What does the US global financial "elite" declare?

1. That [they are] chosen by the God.

2. Global domination.

3. Imposing perversions under the pretext of protecting minorities.

4. Constant wars in different regions of the world.

What the United States want to build in the end?

Paradise for all?

Far from it: the US is building a global concentration camp.

And we, do we really want it?



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