The recent rash of republican outcry against Trumpism strikes me as both sudden and concentrated–there have been a lot of statements in a short period of time. I’ve also noticed a common theme I think is noteworthy: the abandonment of US global leadership.
I can imagine a quick response to this would be “but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.” I think that’s a conversation worth having and I don’t exactly disagree, but that narrative/debate is a distraction from my point in this post.
I’ll include quotes illustrating the common theme at the bottom of this post. Flake’s speech contains the specific statement I find most concerning; to what, specifically, is he referring?
I get the feeling that these republican politicians know something about current developments that we the public do not.
What current events explain this sudden upswell? Trump’s move to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran seems like a clear example. His comment about “the calm before the storm” is more of an example of things we don’t know, if he wasn’t just talking out of his ass. Have other things been reported that I’ve missed?
Thoughts / comments?
Oct 16 - John McCain:
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership”… “We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”
Oct 19 - George W Bush:
“For more than 70 years, the presidents of both parties believed that American security and prosperity were directly tied to the success of freedom in the world. And they knew that the success depended, in large part, on U.S. leadership”… “These matters would be difficult under any circumstances. They are further complicated by a trend in western countries away from global engagement and democratic confidence”… “We have seen the return of isolationist sentiments – forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places”… “Our security and prosperity are only found in wise, sustained, global engagement”.
Oct 24 - Bob Corker:
“Unfortunately I think world leaders are very aware that much of what he says is untrue”… “I think that the things that are happening right now that are harmful to our nation, whether it’s the breaking down of… we’re gonna be doing some hearings on some of the things that he purposely is breaking down the relationships we have around the world that have been useful to our nation.”
Also on Oct 24 - Jeff Flake (emphasis mine):
Now, the efficacy of American leadership around the globe has come into question"… “Now, it seems that we, the architects of this visionary rules-based world order that has brought so much freedom and prosperity, are the ones most eager to abandon it”… “And our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership. Why are they doing this?”