An unstable administration… and world April 7, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Putin must be wondering what just happened. Assad too. And – though I’d hold no candle for either of them, not in the slightest, they would have a certain right to do so given the remarkable turn-around in US foreign policy in relation to Syria.
But quite apart from the local – and this supposedly ‘one-off’ action, there’s a broader issue which is the lack of coherence, the lack of a sense of coherence, of vision, of strategy about the Trump administration and foreign policy. Indeed what is US foreign policy? This action seems reactive in the extreme, almost an effort to place clear water between the US government and a Russian backed state and in doing so indicate that it is not simply aligning with Russian interests.
Where do people stand in this world? How can anyone know? Oddly, I was listening to Foreign Policy magazine podcast yesterday and in the discussion – more of which later – the point was made that the administration’s next big issue was likely to be a foreign problem. North Korea was the likely candidate according to some on the panel. And certainly the rhetoric looked like it was heading in that direction the last week or so. Events intervened.
It is difficult to think of something more dangerous in terms of how matters progress from here – if policy, or rather a sort of cosmetic version of same, is conducted by in this sort of manner. Granted there’s been an element of that many times in the past – various hypocrisies evident in similar conducts in the past, but this has an unpredictable, unstable aspect to it that seems qualitatively different.