Falling Behind on the World Stage

Relief Efforts

Donald Trump has said he’s only going to allow 50,000 refugees to come into the United States each year. However, he’s also made it so incredibly obvious that he doesn’t want to help any country for any reason. He has said he wants to defund USAID, which guarantees loans to help numerous economies. He has said he doesn’t want to help countries suffering from civil war, famine, health pandemics, and other major issues.

This has been a major focus of the United States since its rise to power. We often had the ability to form meaningful relationships with other countries because we’ve been able to show how much we care. Of course, we didn’t do this to get more advantages to invest in those countries or get their vote in the UN, but on the other hand, we’re at risk of losing their support in various organizations because they’re seeing us leave one by one.

If Donald Trump continues to ignore other countries, then other major players will come in and exceed our influence. I do think we’ll be able to get that influence back simply by supporting these countries again once Trump is out of office. However, it’s likely China will attempt to form agreements that explicitly prevent them from going back to the United States, leaving them with the risk of having no one until 2020.

Military Partnerships

Since World War II, the United States has been seen as unbeatable. Between NATO, NORAD, US Central Command, US-ROK, and numerous mutual agreements with countries in every region of the world, you can’t beat the United States in a conventional war. There’s no debate on that.

However, there are many asymmetrical war tactics that have already emerged and that countries have been employing for years now. We’ve seen influence campaigns on numerous elections around the world, and that would seem bad enough. However, hacking has become the most reliable way to stop the United States. Our cyberdefense capabilities are not even in the same neighborhood as our dominance in conventional warfare.

China has been outsourcing these cyber capabilities and utilizing much of it themselves. The OPM hack stole information from millions of people, including myself, and all I got in response was a letter from the government saying that my information was stolen and there’s nothing they could do about it. We’ve also seen countries lose actual hard currency. North Korea stole millions from Bangladesh. China claims a rogue organization stole money from Japan. However, Putin claims a rogue organization hacked the 2016 election, and given their strong similarities, I’m not buying that China didn’t have control over that organization.

The point is countries around the world can’t turn to the United States for a quick fix to all their cybersecurity issues. We can’t send in a destroyer or missile defenses or fire warning shots, and our allies know this. More importantly, however, countries not tightly aligned with anyone know this, and our inability to guarantee protection against hacking from China and its allies is encouraging them to actually align with China instead because they’d smaller countries with little chance of control over their own destiny need to make sure they’re on the right side or end up losing everything.

Given that Trump almost lost his ability to have any say on the future of Syria and that he’s having a hard time ending the guestworker program that sends North Koreans to dozens of countries and revenues back to its nuclear program, it’s clear Trump is doing a good job swaying countries worldwide to work with us to squash even the most dangerous aggressors.

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    1. You’re welcome, Noelle. I hope you enjoy your time here. If you have additional information about any of my posts, I’m happy to hear from you.

  1. Wow, and phew! Thank you for following my blog, very much indeed, and THANK YOU for doing what you’re doing. Knowledge may, or may not, be power but it is certainly preferable to ignorance!

    1. Thank you so much. I really enjoy what I’m doing. You’re so right. Knowledge may eventually become power, but for now, I just hope to educate as many people as I can.

      I hope that my viewers contribute additional information so that we can have productive discussions. I love to learn.

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    1. You’re welcome, Rosaliene. Thank for visiting ReasonsToResist. If you have any additional information about any of my posts, I’d be happy to have your input. I hope you enjoy your time here.

  2. Great site! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights and collecting so much important information here. Really looking forward to reading your future posts, thanks for connecting.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate that. There is a lot to learn, and I’ve made it my goal to unravel all the complexity so that everyone can understand what’s going on here in D.C. I hope that I’ve done.

      If you have additional information about any of my posts, I’d be happy to hear from you!

  3. The sad thing is Trump doesn’t seem to care about the rest of the world . Look at who’s on his terrorist watch list. Countries that don’t do business with his companies . How is Saudi Arabia less of a threat than some of those other countries. Also he was quick to denounce what happened in Barcelona but didn’t say ANYTHING about Charlottesville for THREE DAYS ! Keep on giving us posts like this so we understand just how this president is making the world and his own people dislike him more and more.

    1. Thank you for your comment. When I think about what to write and how to write it, I must focus on the truth and then figure out the best way to communicate it so that everyone can understand.

      That’s why it’s so hard for me say that Trump was hesitant to condemn one group and had no problem immediately condemning another based on their religion, the color of their skin, and their national identity.

      Because that is the actual truth.

      This is NOT what we’re about. But I will continue to speak out and inform and explain everything that’s going on so that NO ONE can say they didn’t know or they were confused or they didn’t think it was that bad.

  4. An argument I always find myself involved with on the Net is this very topic.

    Those isolationists supporting the ultra-nationalist agenda of Trump simply don’t realize that the world moved far beyond nationalism decades ago. Geopolitical boundaries are disappearing in many realms, but mostly in economics and isolating ourselves in this arena is purely suicidal.

    We cannot support our own consumption habits, regardless of what Trump and his followers wish to believe. Trump’s own xenophobic tendencies towards Mexico alone has the potential of crashing the US economy.

    We import more than $300 million from Mexico, a full third of our agricultural products among that number. With Canada being second only to California in food production for the US, you can easily see what a fool’s direction this takes us.

    With Trump’s isolationist agenda, there’s simply no way for the U.S. to make up for the food imports from Mexico alone and if we allow him to attack Canada in the same manner, we will all find ourselves on starvation diets, like hot or not.

    Trump is attempting the age-old “horse before the cart” trick in trying to disrupt our economic ties long before he’s even attempted to build the manufacturing and agriculture infrastructure to support such a move. And, I’m not certain it would be possible to do so at all.

    Trump’s agenda is seriously short-sighted, both in terms of economics and in all the other realms you listed.

    Capitalism’s next logical evolutionary step is global economics, a direction the world, including the U.S. long ago embarked upon and to abruptly end this direction is nothing short of stepping off a high-speed train, mid journey, foolishly expecting to survive. It’s the only direction left for the capitalist market and until that direction is exhausted, we need to either choose evolution or extinction. That’s not a socio-political decision, it’s simply a matter of stark reality.

    You and most of the U.S. see the results of Trumps ignorance already taking place with nations beginning to shun the U.S., be it for economic security, or purely social perspectives.

    Unless the rest of the nation is blind and deaf, the only reason those who stubbornly continue to support Trump is nothing less than the typical human trait in which once we make a decision, it’s very painful to our ego to revisit that decision and admit to ourselves that it was a very bad decision.

    However; if we don’t admit the error of this past election and the fallaciousness of the direction in which Trump is trying to take us, the end results will be catastrophic for the United States, as the world leaves us behind. Then; we will, very quickly, learn exactly what it’s all about to be what so many Americans are fond of calling other less developed nations, “third world”.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I think the most dangerous outcome of these fear-based protectionist policies is that some countries might feel the need to form deeper ties with each other, ties that may exclude us even if we eventually decide to come back.

      The international community knows that most of the United States doesn’t stand behind our administration, but we need to constantly remind them that they haven’t been forgotten.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate that. Knowing how our actions affect the rest of the world is a crucial component of any policy, and I will continue studying this.

    1. Thank you, Michael. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time here. If you have any questions or additional information about any of my posts, I’m happy to hear from you.

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