“The world is going to Hell in a hand basket”…..was my grandfather’s favorite term when he would read the daily newspaper.
The US has a new president and the world is wondering what it will mean for the allies of America……while China and Russia are looking for a bigger foothold in international affairs….who’s back gets scratched first?
I read a good op-ed on this very issue…..
A dangerous vacuum of global leadership is emerging that is far too easy to exploit by those who do not support the existing system of collective management of human affairs. Western powers will lose out as United States’ President-elect Donald Trump gets increasingly unpredictable in his international policies and consequently the US suffers a slow erosion of trust. German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be re-elected and therefore continue as de facto leader of the European Union (EU), but will not offer much global leadership as she continues to muddle through Europe’s permanent state of crisis. This is all good news for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping as they pursue their very different national strategies, but share a desire to end what they see as an America-dominated system that they consider Washington has grossly abused to its great benefit.
WE who watch the issues of the world will just have to wait to see what happens after 20Jan17….I wish I could say that I am optimistic….but that would be a lie….