Global Leadership Vacuum

“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.

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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….


18 thoughts on “Global Leadership Vacuum

  1. “…an America-dominated system that they consider Washington has grossly abused to its great benefit.” Actually seems like a good description of the prior status quo. I also wonder what the “new” status quo will be. ~~dru~~

  2. If Markel gets re-elected after causing a refugee crisis, then they have to accept the consequences, eh? Just as we had to do when we elected Obama for a second term.

  3. Yup, madness all around – but, I would reserve that optimism chuq – Trump may step up to the task and surprise his critics – to the betterment of US

    1. Could be but I worry about his interests aboard….could impact foreign policy…..I have said that all my stuff about Trump is supposition and that I will be more vocal after 20Jan17….chuq

  4. @saywhatyoumean2say beat me to the punch with the very exact same quote. The prior status-quo this refers to is more than 40 years old, but most apparent in the last 15 years post-9/11. America has written it’s own ticket to dominate the world and history tells me that it’s not a plan built on solid ground (see Napoleon, Romans, Germany). At some point, someone always rises up and challenges the “spread to thin” dominating power. Whether that ends up being Russia or China is anyone’s guess, but it will be a fundamental shift in global policy that most surely will put America in it’s place a few rungs down the ladder for several decades.

    1. dru is very good at that…she has beat me to it on occasion…I will be posting on this situation very soon…that is if I can work up the energy….chuq

  5. “Yes! Living in today’s complex world of the future IS much like having a hive of bees live in your head. But, there they are!” — Firesign Theater, from “I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus”

    I first heard this in 1969; ever since, it has provided me with the patience and resolve to live through yet another pathetic candidate class for the intervening 48 years of political insanity in this world, (I’d say ‘country’ but, obviously insanity is contagious, and the world is now experiencing a pandemic of mental confusion unprecedented in history….). It makes my early decision to pay politics only the attention it requires to keep it at bay much easier to apply, and live with.

    In a Twitter conversation just a bit ago, I used this one, for it is applicable to just about every politically oriented issue we now must address, to wit: “You cain’t fix stupid. Stupid is forever.” — Ron White

    The circus isn’t ever going to leave town, and the clowns are loose….and, Nature abhors a vacuum.

    gigoid, the dubious

      1. Yep… DC is their winter quarters, and, where they base their tours to begin, and end… Fucking clowns….


        g, td

      2. ‘Twas a song, written by Steven Sondheim & made famous by Judy Collins’ version. I believe it has been used as movie music more than once…

        Great song, a metaphoric indictment of human nature…


      3. Yes, in its original incarnation; according to Wikipedia “for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night. ”

        Others have cut covers of it, and there is a Wiki page listing other uses in songs or movies… It was written for Glynis Johns, the actress playing lead in the play, but, Judy C’s version is the one most think of when they hear it…


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