What was it that President Trump promised, intended, was elected to reverse? The collapse of the winning optimism, the industrial prowess, the productive spirit of America. Let's stop starting wars, he said, and rebuild our nation, industry, infrastructure, economy, put "our footsteps on distant worlds." His target, whether he precisely called it this or not, was the deepening pessimism of an America which had once led mankind into space.
For those intentions, the President himself became the target, of those who insist on America-always-at-war, and America back in great power confrontation with China and Russia rather than in great power cooperation for peace and economic progress.
For the neo-Conservatives ascendant during the Bush and Obama Presidencies, and for unfortunate millions of Americans, the United States has become a nation for which "winning" means only being the best at identifying adversary "regimes", "tribes" or peoples and killing them, along with the odd terrorist group these wars spin off.Read More