COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ANDREW BUNCOMBE IN THE INDEPENDENT
The G20 proves it. Because of Donald Trump, the world no longer looks to America for leadership
The US President was out of step with almost everyone and didn't seem to care
Actually, it's about time that the world grew up.
America's "leadership" has been, in large part, a disaster.
There are many reasons for its failures, but the bottom line really has to do with Lord Acton's immortal dictum about the corruption of power.
It is silly to blame only Trump for bad American policies and bad results. I think his abrasive personality and contrarian views on some currently popular issues are in effect adding the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, and that is likely a good thing.
Look at the Neocon Wars in the Middle East, years of pointless wars which literally have killed many hundreds of thousands of people and created millions of refugees.
These wars both exploited mercenary terrorist armies like ISIS - a Western creation - and resulted in huge grievances and desires for vengeance. Those are the only two causes of everything our press and our exploitative politicians call international terror.
That set of horrors was not the work of Trump.
It was the work of Obama of the boyish smile and Hillary of the immortal description of the murder of a leader who did nothing but good for his people, Libya's Gaddafi, "we came, we saw, he died. Ha ha ha."
Those two and their party created conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and other places. They also created the dangerous new tensions with Russia through the aggression of creating a coup in Ukraine. Their party, the Democrats, has been the War Party for a long time. Remember who started the genuine holocaust in Vietnam?
Of course, Obama and Clinton's filthy work in the Middle East was built on foundations laid by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. Today, no one American party has the monopoly on making war. They have become just two branches of the American Imperial Party which feels free to attack anyone who differs with it.
It is well past time that Europe and others decouple themselves from such "leadership." The world needs more voices, more views, more diversity of policies.