Get ready for that boot

Tritler wants to lay waste to all the rules, throw out all the treaties and accords, tear up all the agreements, pull the US out of all the deals. He wants to break everything, so that he can make his mark, and also so that he can make America safe for crooks and thugs like him.

As he pursues his America First agenda, Mr. Trump has driven a wedge between the United States and its allies by imposing aggressive tariffs, abandoning the Paris climate change accord and pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal that the Western democracies negotiated along with President Barack Obama.

And with no warning on Friday, Mr. Trump deepened that rift by directly challenging the 2014 Hague Declaration and calling for Russia to be reinstated as a member of the world’s most elite group of nations without insisting on any of the conditions the West has demanded in terms of ending its intervention in Ukraine.

On Saturday, pressed on the issue at a news conference, Mr. Trump made clear his belief that Russia’s actions in Crimea should not stand in the way. “It’s been done a long time,” he said. “I would rather see Russia in the G-8, as opposed to the G-7. I would say that the G-8 is a more meaningful group than the G-7, absolutely.”

Remember what he said yesterday to reporters on his way to the helicopter? “Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run. And in the G7, it used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they should let Russia come back in.” It may not be politically correct but – he’s saying international norms and rules are mere political correctness. He’s saying there shouldn’t be any international norms and rules, there should be only force. He’s nullifying all morality by belittling it as political correctness, something for losers in sandals to talk about over their Starbucks lattes. There is no morality, there is only power. A boot stamping on a human face forever, as Orwell put it.

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