“The major task of the Chinese president is to handle the American president, and Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were handled.” That’s George Friedman, the prominent strategist on international affairs, writing at Geopolitical Futures. But, according to Friedman, China is in trouble and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hold on power is threatened because Xi “failed to bring Donald Trump under control.”
On the same day, Con Coughlin, the defense and foreign affairs editor at the Daily Telegraph and a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, writes that Iran is experiencing hard times and that the ayatollahs’ hold on power is also threatened.
Both Friedman and Coughlin credit President Trump for these interesting developments.
The Clinton, Bush, and Obama establishmentarian administrations put America’s vast economic power to work enriching China. America financed China’s economic miracle. Today, China’s economy is 75 percent, or perhaps 80 percent, the size of America’s economy—and China has become America’s greatest military threat.
A sequence of corruption, then folly, and then simple anti-Americanism no doubt explains how it came to be that that three administrations in a row sold America down the river to the benefit of the Chinese, but the Iranian chapter of this story is even more remarkable. Because Iran does not have China’s capacity to help in the process of hollowing out America’s economic capacity, Obama was reduced to sending the ayatollahs direct financial aid, even to the extent of delivering pallet-loads of cash; desperate times call for desperate measures.
President Trump has reversed these policies. Instead of putting America’s vast economic power to work benefitting Xi and the ayatollahs, he is using America’s economic power against them; this is simply common sense. And, unsurprisingly, it is working.
Meanwhile, back in the United States, foreign policy “experts” are testifying against President Trump in the Democrats’ Soviet-style show trial. Although it is President Trump’s job to set the direction in foreign policy, just as it was the job of Clinton, Bush, and Obama when they were in office, these experts testifying against the president evidently believe that by deviating from their version of what America’s foreign policy should be, the president is committing an impeachable offense.
Really, you can’t make this stuff up, and you can be forgiven for having difficulty believing this is actually happening. It is beyond anything that has been imagined even in the fevered dreams of Hollywood.