Falling Behind on the World Stage

Economics

Trump has said he wants to pull out of NAFTA and has officially started renegotiating the terms a couple days ago. He wants the United States to become an export country. While he’s encouraging foreign companies like FoxConn to invest in the United States, which I find particularly at odds with his “America First” motto, he’s missing the point that you can’t be an island in a global society.

He backed out of TPP, which would have been a strategic initiative that benefits us militarily as much as it would’ve benefited us economically. We could’ve moved jobs from China to Vietnam and elsewhere rather than moving them all the way back to the United States, but now we’ve abandoned countries that have to now partner with China in the RCEP and get burdensome loans from the AIIF. We still exercise Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea, but we’re merely showing a presence but not actually gaining ground like we could have. I understand Trump’s motivation, but totally abandoning a region dominated by China when many allies are extremely at risk is a great way to erase any trust they’ve slowly begun to have in us.

National Security

Finally, I’ve already mentioned some issues with national security like hacking, our military influence around the world, and crucial alliances that Trump doesn’t seem to even know about. However, we have physical assets in countries around the world. We have bases, surveillance and communications equipment, and agreements to land at various bases that our allies operate around the world. If you want the short version, just know our fighter jets can’t fly around the world without stopping to refuel and expect to engage an opponent and guarantee they can make it back home safely.

You may remember that Trump shared classified intelligence obtained by communications with the UK, and as a result, the UK said they didn’t think it was safe to share information with us anymore. That ban was lifted in less than a day, but we can’t survive on our own. We created a globalized world, and now we have to live in it. I am immensely in favor of globalization, but we can’t our own stake in it get taken away from us. Just compare it to how we almost lost control over our own Internet sovereignty. Now imagine we don’t just lose control of information but lose our ability defend ourselves in the physical space.

The country of Djibouti recently evicted the United States from one military base and allowed the Chinese Navy to move in. The horn of Africa is so incredibly important to international trade, and you could describe one of China’s major international strategies as economilitaristic. Yes, I made up that work, but they use loans, infrastructure promises, unfair trade practices, and currency manipulation for the purpose of beating other nations into submission and eventual subjugation to the Party. Therefore, I think it’s not a stretch to we need to limit them economically if we’re going to limit them militarily.

If you live in the United States, you’ve probably seen the commercials that claim that Qatar is funding terrorism. Yes, yes they are. However, it is incredibly dangerous to run these commercial, TWEET about it, and call them out in front of the entire world when Qatar is allowing the United States to have its largest military base in the entire Middle East in one of the region’s tiniest countries. Trump needs to be much more diplomatic and sensitive to our own military concerns there even if he doesn’t want to care about the Qatari people. However, he’s gone even farther by supporting the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar that has even prevent Qatar Airways from flying over several countries in the Middle East. To get to Doha, you now have to follow the weirdest flight pattern, and the Qatari government is not happy about it and not happy with Trump.

Guess what? One of most important allies in the South China Sea is being treated the exact same way. While Japan and Korea far outweigh other countries in Asia in terms of their military alliances with the United States and Northeast Asia is the most underrated location in Asia in terms of potential for utter chaos, Singapore hosts the United States and is doing so more and more in response to China’s rising aggression. However, Trump is not going easier on their North Korean guestworker program but actually harder on them. If you ever had to compromise, you’d at least schedule your phone calls to call and yell at Singapore last. There are plenty of countries around the world hosting North Korean guestworker programs that send billions back to the Kim Regime’s nuclear program, but Trump wants to bully the one that we can’t afford to lose.

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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.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate that. If you have any additional information about this post or any of my other posts, I’m happy to have you here!

    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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