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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 07:50 AM

Global turmoil Trump stirred threatens his reelection chances


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is showing what happens when the United States abandons its decades-long role as a guarantor of stability and instead chooses to act as an agent of global disruption.

A series of economic and political shocks are fomenting disorder across the planet and straining an international political system that Trump deliberately set out to undermine.
Stock markets are tumbling as warning signs flash of a global recession exacerbated by fears deepened by the US-China trade war.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are locked in a dangerous new standoff.
The post-Cold War arms control regime is breaking down.
South Korea and Japan -- the foundation of US influence in Asia -- are reviving age-old animosity.
Concern about a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown by Beijing in Hong Kong is growing as Trump looks the other way.
Iran and the US just narrowly avoided spiraling into a disastrous war partly precipitated by the President's maximum pressure campaign.
And the European Union -- for years a crucial co-sponsor with the US of world stability -- is seeing one of its three most influential members, Britain, heading for the exits, with enthusiastic encouragement from the White House.

Trump did not cause all these crises. But his actions or unwillingness to temper them did deepen the discord in many cases. And his refusal to play the kind of stabilizing leadership role expected of a US president is fomenting power vacuums and may convince key protagonists in each drama that they may not face the kinds of consequences they might normally expect from Washington.

The President's worldview is rooted in his enduring belief that the world has been ripping America off for generations and that strength and unilateral US action are the only way to restore respect. He believes engagement abroad inevitably leads to costly commitments and bloody disasters like the Iraq War.

But Trump's foreign policy achievements -- apart from piling up glowing flattery by leaders intent on exploiting his craving for praise -- are questionable at best. He can claim to have finished an operation started in the Obama administration to stamp out ISIS. And there is a recognition in Washington that China's economic policies needed to be challenged. But the US and the rest of the world are learning the price of an improvisational approach shaped largely to satisfy Trump's domestic political requirements that often seems strategized only in the time it takes to commit it to Twitter.

Wednesday's grim economic news made the risks of such an approach clearer than ever, raising the possibility that Trump's mission to turn the world upside down could blow up in his face.

Dude's defeat needs to be epic. His GOP enablers need to lose their Senate seats too.

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real Cannabis calm Aug 2019 #1
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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:22 AM

1. K&R That's what we need those Senate seats...

Then we can impeach, after Trump steals the election with Russian and Chinese assistance.

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:37 AM

2. Long-Term Goals

Repeal Citizens United—-minimize money in politics

Reinstate some 2019 version of the Fairness Doctrine—identify propaganda disguised as news

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