Americans who see our country as just one nation among many equals no doubt are of the opinion that our International profile has taken a turn for the worse in the past two years. Those who see us as special — in large part because of our adherence for over two centuries to principles on which our country was founded — are of the opinion that we are regaining our reputation as World leader and precedence-setter. We have returned to managing our relationships around the World from a position of strength, without apologizing for that strength. The “bottom line” is that despite criticisms of tactics, positive results abound. Some examples:
- Our coal exports have increased by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached an all-time high. We are a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
- NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
- We withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
- We moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
- Our President …
- Issued an Executive Order to keep the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open.
- Concluded a historic Mexico-Canada-America Trade Deal to replace NAFTA.
- Imposed tariffs on China in response to their forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
Probable Attributes Of The New Paradigm Implied
- Leaders, particularly the President, who are pragmatic, unafraid of being criticized for “rocking the boat” or having an “image” that doesn’t “fit” their office, and truly driven by the best interests of America.