1/ The President of the United States is systematically dismantling all the institutions we built after WWII to maintain the world order we created.

#Abdication
2/ #NATO, the UN, the WTO, the IMF, World Bank, and our trade agreements are mechanisms for us to have a say in what other countries do. They are tools of our power but they come at a cost.

We cannot just do whatever we want without consulting others and in some cases it costs $
3/ Our modern #empire is dependent upon the US Dollar and US military power. First let's talk about the $USD.

By FAR our most powerful tool, it is based on our political and economic stability. While even DJT can't destroy our economy, he is straining our political stability.
4/ The $USD is used in some 80% of international trading. That means if anyone wants to trade in another currency they will pay a percentage in conversion fees. #BigMoney. It also means everyone has a stock of $USD which keeps the value up and stable.
5/ Literally everyone has a stake in ensuring the health and efficiency of the US #economy (for now). Trade agreements reflect this and the IMF and WB connect this to politics in the developing world so someday they can be part of the system too.
6/ The US Military, seen by some as our most powerful asset, pales in comparison but it plays a critical role in maintaining #FreedomOfTheSeas and ensuring the governments of the world are largely on the same sheet.
7/ But the US Military is small and depends on alliances to get the job done. Unfortunately, the President has shaken Allied belief in us (and possibly in the Washington treaty itself) so thoroughly they are cutting us out of European defense. #NATO
8/ The situation is so acute after the debacle in Paris this weekend, the #NATO SECGEN, Jens Stoltenberg felt he had to reassure the Alliance.

“Peace and security in Europe depend on the U.S., and he knows that”

It feels like the emperor has no clothes.

straitstimes.com/world/europe/p…
9/ But many see a President that largely refused to participate as a sign Europe needs to fend for itself. This can only mean a European Army described by #Macron and backed by the Euro.

In short, USA will be increasingly pushed out and our power reduced.
10/ The same thing is happening in Asia.

Japan and South Korea are making their own moves for cooperation with #China and #DPRK. China is pursuing its military development with increasing vigor alongside its #OBOR economic scheme that's tied to alliances of a sort.
11/ Meanwhile the President pulled us out of #TPP (then begged to renegotiate). The remaining signatories (which include our most important Pacific allies: #Canada, #Japan and #Australia) kindly told him to pound sand.
12/ Feeling snubbed, he is sending VP Pence to the #APEC and #ASEAN summits in his stead. Pence has little power to make international agreements.
It's almost as if the President has given up and guarantees #XiJinping will steal the show.

Asian partners will act accordingly.
13/ Our increasing #isolation is not Making America Great Again. It will start to limit the reach of the US Military and weaken the $USD. Our influence in every corner will wane as we are increasingly absent from the room.
14/ Eventually others will emerge to challenge us. The world will call in our debts and destroy the $USD. They know the game better than our current President does and while we withdraw, they are investing heavily in outcomes favorable to them. #China
15/ In the case of #China and Europe, they will partially succeed without firing a shot. By then, it will be too late; requiring a crippling war just to return to the status quo ante. #SCS #PacificRim #IndianOcean
16/16 We will wake up one day and realize that our President (whoever he or she may be) is no longer the leader of the free world. Judging by the President's despondent and bizarre abdication at #Macron's big coming out party this weekend, that day may have already arrived.
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