This fall, Americans will face a choice. One party promotes the illusion of prosperity, masking vast inequality. The other wants to use the crisis toward better ends.
David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, host of “Deep State Radio,” and CEO of The Rothkopf Group, an advisory firm providing services in the areas of technology, education, and culture to public and private clients from around the world, including the United Arab Emirates. He is also the author of Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power.
If 2008 and 2009 are any indication, the industry bailouts Trump’s talking about are coming—and the beneficiaries will be wealthy Americans and the politicians they call their own.
Past the lying, narcissism, bullying, and nepotism we have come to know and expect, this crisis has also revealed his manifold flaws as an executive and the head of government.
Trump’s national security adviser has made clear that he sees his job as serving as a kind of human cocktail of drugs for the erratic president—part palliative, part sedative.
The Republican party is escalating its war on democracy as it aims to rule America, or ruin it.
Nine months before election day, our most corrupt, unfit, demented and malevolent president has been given more power than any other human being in our history.
Iran bears full responsibility for this deadly disaster. But it was America that created the conditions for it, and more disasters to come.
Then again, having great “influence” in the Middle East is often an illusory prize that comes at a very high cost.
In short, Trump has for the first time in our history aligned the U.S. with our enemies and against everything we should stand for and that is in our interest.
Trump and Bolton both hate the international system, but the similarities end there. Trump likes tough talk—but only talk. Bolton wanted a lot more than talk.