Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the tragicomedy of current politics: The Yorkshire Post cartoon

Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the tragicomedy of current politics: The Yorkshire Post cartoon

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Cacophony of American politics and the global disappointment it is causing

The Times of India has updated its Privacy and Cookie policy. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the better experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the The Times of India website. However, you can change your cookie setting at any time by clicking on our Cookie Policy at any time. You can also see our Privacy Policy Interested in blogging for timesofindia.com? We will be happy to have you on board as a blogger, if you have the knack for writing. Just drop in a mail at toiblogs@timesinternet.in with a brief bio and we will get in touch with you. The man or woman (though the US has never elected a woman in 232 years of its democracy) who sits behind the Oval Desk is supposed to be the leader of the free world. The President of the United States is expected to shape the future of countries like the Philippines and Japan (both of them are American Treaty Partners) and ensure peace prevails in disturbed regions like Syria and Mali. But the first of the three presidential debates between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden not just left everyone stunned; it showed the levels to which American politics has now plummeted to. Apart from the name-calling, heckling and constant interruptions, the debate achieved nothing. If this is how American voters have to decide their next leader, I genuinely feel bad for them. But the larger point is that neither candidate has a plan, a roadmap and a vision to lift America (and with it the rest of the world). And this holds true for both the domestic issues and foreign policy matters that the country is faced with. From Coronavirus pandemic to the economy to the black lives matter campaign, there are significant flashpoints in recent American developments that should be the focus area for the two leaders. Unfortunately that was not the case. As for global matters, the world stands thoroughly disappointed by the two leaders who were clearly led by campaign managers to only indulge in snide remarks. Under Xi Jinping, a more assertive China dropped the word “peaceful” in its recent statement regarding Taiwan’s unification with Beijing. If one reads it as a clear show of intent then it may be construed to be just a matter of time before Beijing launches a military assault on Taipei. How will the world react to this blatant act of aggression? Of course, the USA will have to drive that policy decision. Will Washington militarily defend Taipei, even if it meant significant casualties? With China having the world’s largest navy and its focus on building AA-AD (anti access anti defence) capabilities, will the USA push the pedal on defence purchases and R&D? What happens to US treaty partners like Manila and Tokyo in the event of Beijing’s invasion of Taipei who may have to formally side with Beijing? All these are questions that will fall on the same hallowed Oval desk which has had a rich tradition of preserving democratic, liberal values and promoting free and fair global order. Unfortunately, the 90-minute slugfest between Trump and Biden indicated just how trivial this electoral battle is going to be. What the world needs is an assurance that the American policy towards growing aggression from Xi Jinping will be decisive and possibly punitive. For too long American policymakers have been living in the romantic notion that democracy and liberal values will follow economic prosperity in China. It was true in 1972 when Richard Nixon established diplomatic relations with Beijing with his visit. It was true in 2001 when George W Bush brought China into the WTO fold in 2001 (even though till today Beijing violates several WTO rules). It was the case in 2016 when Manila won the case in the international court against China’s island-building activity on its sovereign land. The next US President needs to fulfill some of the larger international roles and obligations of his country and send a strong message to China. For that, the debates have to be more than just two rowdies in a fist fight. On 15th October it will not just be the American voters who would be listening to the second debate; but the global community. Even Xi Jinping. It’s time for American politics to rise above its present lows; for the sake of the world. 1. The debate wasn’t all that disappointing. it did one good thing, and that is, iut brugh out Joe Biden as a better candidate for the president. 2. … The only comfort that comes is from a tweet I read from someone who had watched the debate. The Republican Party leadership, the judiciary – notwithst… “Itâ s time for American politics to rise above its present lows; for the sake of the world.” – It is not going to happen. There is simply no appe…
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