The following extract from Fareed Zakaria's pre-publication review of the book by John Bolton, the former US National Security Adviser - and then a close confidante of Donald Trump - may come as a bombshell to the decent naive.Those with a sense of decency, basic intelligence, and knowledge of current affairs, knew it all the time: That this man, Donald Trump, was, is and is most likely to remain an utterly selfish, self-centered, even criminally minded, power-hungry megalomaniac.
No less irresponsible and suicidal - if not outright hateful and criminal - is the behavior of those that elected him. Guess why? Because they hate this or that or them and them. And Trump fans, institutionalizes and facilitates that hate.
What a terrible price that promising nation pays for the folly of these bigoted voters. What a punishment this metes out to the decent Americans who must pay for the crimes of those that outnumber them.
GENERATIONS TO COME WILL REGRET THIS ERA OF US GOVERNANCE AND MUST STRUGGLE FOR DECADES TO RECOVER THEIR TERRIBLE LOSSES. In the meanwhile, the rest of the world may have progressed far ahead.
Pathetic limitations of democracy based on the adult franchise!
Don't you seriously pity the nation that Trump leads?
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In the US, political observers are bracing for the tell-all account of former Trump insider John Bolton, the onetime US national security adviser whose book is expected to divulge (when published next week, unless a lawsuit prevents it) all manner of Bolton-witnessed details of Trumpian chaos inside the White House. In an already taped interview with ABC News, for instance, Bolton accuses the president of lying and suggests the two will likely never speak again.
Bolton aired some of his allegations publicly on Wednesday afternoon, in an excerpt published in The Wall Street Journal—which includes an assertion that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win reelection. “Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton writes, of trade negotiations between Trump and XI in Osaka, on June 29 of last year. “He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.”
Bolton suggests that had Democrats looked at “Trump’s behavior across his entire foreign policy, the impeachment outcome might well have been different,” alleging Trump has made most of his decisions out of personal self-interest. “Trump commingled the personal and the national not just on trade questions but across the whole field of national security,” Bolton writes. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations.