Quoting Captain Ahab’s men:
“All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.” – Ahab’s men struggle to understand his hatred of Moby Dick.
Jon Robb over at Global Guerillas writes another insightful observation about the future of American commerce under Trump in “Will the World be Safer or More Dangerous Under a Trump Presidency?” The “bromance” we addressed earlier between Trump and Vladimir Putin has been a source of angst for many. Trump’s relationship with Putin is fleshed out a bit more by Robb:
…Trump inverts that policy relationship. In Trump’s post cold war world, US foreign policy will be dominated by trade policy. Even national security policy will be subservient to trade policy. If trade policy is dominant, we’ll see China, Mexico and the EU (Germany) become competitors. Russia, in contrast will become an ally since it doesn’t pose a trade threat.
Which reveals a lot into the public positions and cordial statements Trump has made about the Russians and Putin over the months during the 2016 campaign, and the focus on China in the debates and Trump’s foreign policy priorities. China – an economic behemoth and burgeoning naval power – is the main challenger to an American president scope-locked in on economic revival in our times.
China will be the administration’s focus in the years ahead. Russia, less an adversary in Trump’s mind, will be given tacit free rein in the Middle East and the war on ISIS, a wrong signal that will be instrumental in the fulfillment of Ezekial 38-39 that will take the world by complete surprise.
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