Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Land of Unicorns

These are the successes that a Democratic partisan wants to highlight about the Obama administration?

“U.S. leadership was quite present,” he argues to those who call the Obama presidency a period of global retrenchment on the part of the United States, “and in ways that it is not right now and people are very concerned about it.” Donilon points to the Paris climate accord, which Trump has promised to withdraw from; the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has threatened to renegotiate but has more or less accepted; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Trump has abandoned. “None of these things would have happened absent the United States,” says Donilon, “and I think that this is what allies around the world are concerned about.”

The Paris deal is worthless even under the assumptions of the global warming advocates; the Iran deal has rescued Iran financially to wreak havoc in the Middle East and will at best delay Iran's objective of becoming a nuclear-armed power; and TPP was never going to be passed by the Senate and even Hillary Clinton was against it.

Yet those are the things that Donilon wants to highlight? Three fantasy successes?

Well alrighty, then.