domingo, 26 de novembro de 2023

Don't Dismiss Trump II

by Amir Taheri  •  November 26, 2023 at 4:00 am

§  Judging by what advisers are preparing on the Middle East, Trump II will focus on "closer ties" with allies, including Israel, and no more "favors" to the Islamic Republic in Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey unless he is back in line.

§  Trump thinks that Marxists and other "crazy leftists" have seized control of US universities and are brainwashing whole generations thanks to tax-exempt private donations and public funding.

§  So far the Democrats continue to mock Trump and refuse to take him seriously. This could cost the Democrats dearly. For even if the solutions that Trump suggests appear weird the problems he raises are real.

"He is dangerously close to getting re-elected!" This is how, in a recent issue, the London weekly The Economist presented Donald Trump's chances of returning to the White House next year. This was based on a few polls indicating that, if nominated, Trump would have a chance of winning next November.

One must always be careful about predictions, especially by the press.

The Economist put Indonesian's ruler General Suharto on its cover and predicted he would emerge as the most powerful leader in Asia. Less than a year later, Suharto was swept away by a popular uprising.

However, let us not dismiss the magazine's prediction about a second presidential term for Trump because, even if he fails to win the nomination, he has already had a lasting impact on American politics.

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