TOM DISPATCH—As TomDispatch regular Dilip Hiro, author of After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World, suggests today, behind the growing belligerence of the Trump administration, which should be considered dangerous indeed at this moment — think new Cold War — lies the anger of a president whose world seems to be slipping out of control. Back in 2016, I suggested that Donald Trump was running as this country’s first declinist presidential candidate (the clue lay in that hardly noticed “again” at the end of his election slogan Make America Great Again, or MAGA). And, as Hiro suggests today, looking at the high-tech business world, he’s delivered big time.
Whether negotiating with China, North Korea, or any other country, the art-of-the-dealer-in-chief has proven to be either a stealer-in-chief or an unreeler-in-chief. So say goodbye to the American Century but, given the state of this planet, don’t count on a Chinese Century either.