Donald Trump has not been in office very long. Nor has he accomplished anything of significance. Errr …. significant in a positive sense.
But coming home from his first international excursion, we can say that Donald has now achieved something. It is something that no one would have expected. Nor is it something that any of us might have wanted. Donald Trump has just destabilized the world.
Why make such a dramatic statement? Consider if you will what has stabilized the world after the second great war. It was the fusion of US and European security policy in NATO. It was an American idea that both America and Europe benefited from. And it was anchored in a tight bond between the US and Germany.
Right. So just after the Trump trip, we get a statement from Germany — one of our closest allies in the world — that Germany can no longer rely on the US in full.
WTF? How does this benefit the US in any way? Perhaps I am dense. But I cannot help but see this as a step towards fragmentation. The center cannot hold … remember Yeats?
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The centre cannot hold?
Bad news for mere mortals. But perhaps the Donald is thinking like the chess master, ten moves ahead. Perhaps. But I tend to doubt it. It seems more likely that he is still not sure how the pieces move on the board.