We’re Sorry, World

America owes the global community an apology for electing President Trump.

We’re Sorry, World

By Peter Fenn | Opinion Contributor

July 20, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.

1. a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure.

Well, I am ready, many of us are ready, and the times call for it. After six long months in office, it is incumbent upon America as a country to apologize to the world for our so-called president, Donald J. Trump. He is a supreme embarrassment, not a supreme commander-in-chief; he cannot manage or operate as the leader of the free world, but, instead, leaves our country at sea, unable to deal with foreign leaders.

He is unlike any president we have had, certainly in modern times, in his lack of knowledge of world affairs or his desire to learn; he does not grasp the gravity of the job or the awesome responsibility to operate around the globe. He antagonizes 24 percent of the world’s inhabitants, the 1.8 billion Muslims, with his statements and policies, further exacerbating what he is trying to stop, terrorism.

Forget about the tweets, the outbursts, the fights with his attorney general or others on his team; it is hard to ignore his changes of mind from day to day on health care or infrastructure or Medicaid or the rocky domestic dealings with Congress. Yet this president has so confused and insulted our allies while cozying up to our enemies that he has put our leadership in the world at severe risk.

Who will trust America with Trump as “the decider,” the man in charge of the nuclear football? Who will trust a man who does not trust his intelligence chiefs? Who will trust a man who is so preoccupied with his Russian relations that he cannot make important decisions without consulting Russian President Vladimir Putin?

Many of us who travel to other nations, who meet with people from other countries, who talk to the foreign press, are constantly asked to explain the Trump phenomenon, to reassure them that this is temporary, that others will bring sanity – the McMasters, the Tillersons, the Mattis’s. People want to know that it will be OK. Many of us find ourselves apologizing for Trump and trying to rationalize the craziness of the moment to ultimately reassure others that it will be alright and we, too, will get through this.

Nevertheless, we are not convinced that Trump could handle a Cuban Missile Crisis or navigate a Korean conflict or deal with a Russian incursion into a neighboring nation. We are not convinced that he will work effectively with China on trade, let alone secure China’s help with North Korea. At the end of the day, the greatest fear is that there will be a true international crisis where Trump will be totally unable to navigate the options, or to ask the right questions, or to show calm and deliberate decision making skills. He will act impulsively, as General Curtis LeMay did when he urged President John Kennedy to bomb and invade Cuba instead of instigating the blockade that was successful and defused the crisis. Or Trump just may not listen to his advisers, the generals or intelligence chiefs he derided during the campaign and still criticizes.

Yes, it is time to apologize to the world for Donald Trump, to provide “a regretful acknowledgement of an offense or failure.” We have a president who does not measure up, pure and simple.

Will we get through it? Probably. But we need to speak out and convince our allies and the world that for many of us, he is contrary to America’s leadership on human rights, standing with our allies and pursuing policies that uphold long accepted moral values that are consistent with a world community.