A U.S President is supposed to do certain things in a certain way. For one, they have to go to war. For two, they have to “talk” peace. For three, they have to talk nice.
Trump has done none of these. He hasn’t gone to war. He hasn’t “talked” peace. He hasn’t talked nice.
Let’s talk about war first. For a US president not going to war is the most Un-US thing to do. How can one be a US president if he (not yet she) has not bombed some Middle East countries or sent “boots on ground” into some obscure god forsaken land?
All pre-Trump presidents loved to show off their war credentials. And if they had none, they angled for it. Pre-Trump U.S. folks loved this. They accepted presidential candidates based on how “good” they looked in uniform or rejected candidates on how unimpressively they rode the armed Tank.
Alas, Trump has done none of it. Instead he has passed snide remarks on US war heros. Trump got half a chance to bomb Iran but he chickened out.
Every pre-Trump U.S. presidential campaigns had some of these highlighting words: Iran, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan. Every presidential candidate needed to have an opinion on what he would do to those countries after he is sworn in. In all debates, “International” questions where the most important ones. There was one US Presidential candidate who was laughed out of campaign because he did not know where Aleppo was. But Un-U.S. Trump had shown no aptitude for geography or geopolitics but still he won the presidency.
On the other hand, Trump wants US troops to come home. He is reducing Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and asking Afghans and Iraqis to do the fighting instead. He is asking his allies to pay for the U.S. troops in NATO otherwise he will reduce troops to the minimum.
What is happening? It seems Trump is reducing costs and liabilities from elsewhere in the world and reallocating to create assets inside the U.S.. He is giving Jobs to the people of the United States. In the U.S. the wages are rising. Trump’s import tariffs and retaliatory tariffs is making imported goods expensive in the U.S. Subsequently, the only cheaper way is to produce goods in the U.S. Outsourcing no longer makes business sense. Insourcing is the new Mantra.
China has been fleecing the U.S. since Nixon opened its doors in 1972. This is a complement to the Chinese. Chinese studied the US mechanism and made duplicates. And it’s not bad. There is a popular saying in Hindi, “नकल को भी अक्ल चाहिए”, (Copycats also require Capability). And Chinese have proven to be the best. All the pre-Trump presidents must have known this but none did anything about it.
Trump reversed the Nixon policy. Nixon went to China to seek market. But China gained by entering US market. All the pre Trump Presidents thought that Trade with China will bring Democracy to China. 1989 and Tiananmen solved all delusions. Trump doesn’t seem deluded.
Further, Trump is Un-U.S. because he doesn’t have “presidential etiquette”, which other Presidents before him exuded. The previous incumbents portrayed a suave exterior. Pre-Trump presidents first charmed the world and then bombed them. Trump has neither charmed or bombed. Trump is a rough Redneck who isn’t interested in you if you have nothing to give back. And if you’re bombed you’ll hardly can give back anything.
Trump has achieved what no other US presidents has achieved. He shook hands with elusive dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. The anti Trump U.S. press underplayed this. Besides, why a Trader like Trump care about a tiny country with no business. But the fact that he reached out without an agenda or planning is the most Un-U.S. thing to do.
Recently Trump did the unthinkable Un-U.S. like thing. Trump made Middle East friends of Israel. Israel commercial flights are now flying over Saudi Arabia. The anti Trump U.S. media has underplayed it, ignored it.
So, what’s the endgame? I wish Trump another four years. India’s geopolitics will be served best with Trump by India’s side. This is despite the fact that he kicked India out of the free sops we Indians had gotten used to. But Trump is a Trader – A trader influenced by what profits others get him on the table. And India has much to offer. India has a market and population, two cards which is second only to China.
China will remain an antagonist to India. Most of the powers surrounding India has fallen prey or are tacitly influence by China. If one focuses on India on the globe and zooms out, one will find India geopolitically alone in this part of the world. India needs an ally. U.S. under Trump is our best bet, Modiwise. Any other US president will exploit India’s vulnerabilities, to play nice to the world, to China. Trump is good for India. Anti Trumpers has called this a myth. Realities of last four years has proved otherwise.