President Trump has firmly stepped into Mad King territory over the past few weeks. While he never resembled anything thing even close to a stable or competent leader, his recent asinine efforts to “purchase” Greenland from Denmark and his endorsement of the idea that he is the “King of Israel” show he is circling the psychological drain.
Hopefully, his increasingly erratic behavior further galvanizes support against him, because the prospect of four more years of this insanity is too disastrous to consider.
A new op-ed from Edward Luce, the Financial Times’ U.S. national editor, utterly eviscerates Trump’s latest lurch into ludicrousness. The piece is titled “The next stop on Donald Trump’s end-of-diplomacy tour” and it takes specific aim at the Greenland debacle.
“The one good thing about Donald Trump’s failed bid to buy Greenland is that it softens up America’s allies for what is to come. This weekend Mr Trump will join his G7 counterparts in Biarritz for what promises to be one of the most bizarre meetings in its history,” Luce begins, somehow managing find the silver lining in our national nightmare.
Luce explains that while summits are supposed to make global problems easier to solve, they are starting to do just the opposite to the point where it might be better if the world leaders never met up at all. Trump has proven to be a disaster at these summits and ends up degrading our national reputation and accomplishing little, a fact of which Luce seems acutely aware.
He writes that the Greenland mess characterizes certain realities about Trump that will emerge at the G7: he views diplomacy as transactional, despises alliances, and has no interest in fighting climate change (which the other G7 countries are dedicated to addressing). The latter point, in particular, Luce provides a sickening explanation for:
“The territory’s attraction is that its receding ice sheets will open its land for mineral extraction. Mr Trump does not accept that global warming is taking place, except when it offers a chance to make money.”
Luce then turns his pen on Trump’s suggestion that Russia — an illiberal global menace — should be allowed back into the G7, which it was expelled for after Putin invaded and conquered Crimea from Ukraine. The piece explains Trump’s idealogy behind this idea:
“In practice he sees a world in which powerful nations’ actions are unfettered by global rules. In such a world small nations matter less. Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea matters as little as Denmark’s over Greenland. City states without sovereignty, such as Hong Kong, can be ignored. What matters is a country’s size, not its political system.”
From there, Luce reflects that Trump’s previous two G7 visits offer little encouragement that this one will go well. He ends the piece with an exceedingly grim and withering sentiment:
“If he can make it through a French weekend without accelerating the demise of the west — offering to buy a chunk of Europe, for example — that would be a victory of sorts. But the chances of that happening are slim,” he writes.
Click below to read the full piece.
"If Trump can make it through a French weekend without accelerating the demise of the west – offering to buy a chunk of Europe, for example – that would be a victory of sorts. The chances of that are slim." Me on the G7 summit Trump has already wrecked. https://t.co/3iNymgyuQ7
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) August 22, 2019