I saw this photograph and read an article in the Economist that brought chills to me. It is a triptych painting featuring Mr Trump, Vladimir Putin and the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen. It was in the middle of a room in Moscow.
The article noted that “many in Moscow herald [Trump’s] populist, isolationist message as a sign that an era of American global leadership is ending. “Cracks have appeared in the globalist world,” Leonid Reshetnikov, a retired general from Russia’s foreign intelligence service, told the crowd at the inauguration party. “Now the main thing is to widen them.””
Today the Boston Patriots play the Pittsburgh team to see which team will go on to the Super Bowl. Take a moment as you put the TV on mute or lower the volume to think of what is happening. The world mourns while Russia cheers. Who would ever have thought?
And while you do that I want you to recall the words that Trump spoke in his inauguration speech: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.”
Now tell me how moving the American embassy to Jerusalem which I predict will be one of Trump’s first acts puts America first.
It doesn’t. It endangers America by turning the whole Muslim world against us. The Jerusalem Post wrote about it here.
According to Michael Koplaw, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, the Jordanian government has even called moving the embassy a redline – and that, he told The Jerusalem Post, “is something that should not be taken lightly. We can’t assume that the embassy will be moved, but if it does get moved, you have to assume that there will be violence and protests of some sort, whether it be ‘officially’ sanctioned by groups or if there will be protests against American embassies.”
By moving the embassy, the United States risks losing any hope to portray itself an as honest broker or negotiator between Israel and Palestinians, and risks sending a message to the Palestinians that Washington is no longer interested in a twostate solution, despite Trump saying that he would work to bring forth a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
While Trump has already indicated several departures from traditional American foreign policy, his pledge to move the US Embassy has alarmed many, and has led to the Palestinians warning that “the gates of hell will be opened in the region and the world.”
“Moving the embassy would have all sorts of consequences for Israeli security, and I hope the incoming [Trump] administration will take them seriously,” Koplow told thePost. “It’s not just moving the embassy and be done with it. People need to consider if it’s worth one Israeli, Palestinian or American life to move the embassy to Jerusalem.”
It is more than that.
You can also expect that Trump will also undo the most recent sanctions that Obama imposed on Russia that were designed to punish it for interfering in our election. The day the sanctions were imposed Trump’s top intelligence adviser Flynn engaged in five telephone conversations with the Russian ambassador. One can reasonably infer that he gave assurances that Trump would quickly remove the sanctions which accounts for Putin’s decision not to retaliate as is normally done when people are expelled from the country. It also sends a message to Putin that what he did is fine. Who would ever have thought?
Neither relocating the embassy or giving the Russians a pass on their activities against us is putting America first. But then again we know that Trump often will do the opposite of what he says.
Enjoy the game!