There was a time when the United States had many friends across the globe. That day is gone. We may have almost as many enemies as friends.
It’s due to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, or lack of a coherent one. Columnist Pat Buchanan in Wednesday’s Missourian wrote about “America’s Lengthening Enemies List.”
He raised the question, “How many quarrels, conflicts and wars, and with how many adversaries, can even the mighty United States sustain?”
Have we reached the limit?
In the meantime with all our involvement in foreign countries, the problems we have at home are left unattended. Among the worst are immigration, the drug epidemic, school shootings, killings in our large cities, collapsing infrastructure — the list goes on and on.
The latest setback for this country is in Turkey, a longstanding friend, that has turned to Russia as a close ally, and which is upset with U.S. sanctions. Turkey’s and Russia’s currencies have dropped against the dollar. The sanctions were imposed on Turkey for not freeing a U.S. pastor being held on terrorism charges. Turkey said the U.S. is waging an economic war against them. The Trump administration should mend fences with Turkey. It is doubtful if Russia will be much help to the Turks. Unfortunately, the Turkey leader regards our Kurds allies in Syria as collaborators of his own Kurdish-terrorist PKK, according to Buchanan.
We need a friend in that part of the world.
The world is a mess as to relations between countries are concerned.
President Donald Trump has been vocal about many matters, including the need for European countries to contribute more to organizations that were created for their protection. But on other matters, he has been too much of a bully, and he has no diplomatic tone to his words.
With what has been occurring, the president is making America more of an “isolationist” nation, with few friends, and more enemies. The president has not earned trust from other nations.
He inherited many problems with other countries and has not done anything to establish better relations and a clear foreign policy. There are many Americans who like his America first position, but his personality stands in the way of making it happen. If only he would listen to his advisers and avoid constant clashes with his own staff.
Is there any hope he can change?