I know that many of my readers believe that I am too black-pilled on the Trump administration. I’ve said that I don’t see things turning around and this timely editorial by Gary Cohn and HR McMaster in The New York Times is an excellent example of why I believe this:
“President Trump just concluded a second overseas trip to further advance America’s interests and values, and to strengthen our alliances around the world. Both this and his first trip demonstrated the resurgence of American leadership to bolster common interests, affirm shared values, confront mutual threats and achieve renewed prosperity.
Discussions with world leaders highlighted extraordinary potential: vast supplies of affordable energy, untapped markets that can be opened to new commerce, a growing number of young people seeking the chance to build better futures in their homelands and new partnerships among nations that can form the basis for lasting peace. At every opportunity abroad, President Trump articulated his vision for securing the American homeland, enhancing American prosperity and advancing American influence. …”
What is America First?
It means that absolutely nothing has changed about our foreign policy and trade policy. This is the same globalism that we had a decade ago with the Bush administration. We’re doing all the same things we have been doing in the 21st century except we are going to be more assertive about it. The dog whistles and marketing slogans have been adjusted, but the policies are unalterable.