"He killed my ma, he killed my pa, I'll vote for him."
-Charlie Taylor Campaign Slogan
I remember reading when Charlie Taylor rained terror on western Africa , and one of his child soldiers told an interviewer how Taylor's thugs killed all the members of his family. The child soldier's conclusion was that Taylor was "the best" and that he wanted to work with "the best." That's taking the notion of 'if you can't beat them, join them' to a whole new level. In financial markets, we talk of capitulation as that climatic moment when everyone tosses in the towel.
It is also framed as a sudden and quick event. However, one could argue that a slow capitulation is possible, especially when it comes to individual willpower and resolve.
Domestically, we are a nation in retreat from core values and ideas. This is what made America great in the first place. Globally, it appears the rest of the world is feeling much better about themselves and a lot less about America. Yes, even as America pulls out of Middle Eastern wars while dumping billions on local economies, we are seen as the bad guy, not as the policeman that has kept evil at bay in the 21st Century. A series of red lines from President Obama have been ignored, or even taunted.
Yet when real evil wins these days, the world reacts like a frightened teenage boy who grew up in a world where lines of right and wrong were blurred by poverty, despair, and lawlessness. The world does not seem as interested about old scores and old scorecards. Countries that were pawns in yesterday's Cold War are trying to be first-line players in today's world. Nations that once welcomed America's military are only now concerned about American money, and the biggest chunks of foreign direct investment they can attract.
This enthusiasm is a long way from cheering the sighting of a C-130 cargo plane flying with an open hatch prepared to drop foodstuffs to throngs of hungry locals. There is no doubt global peace must be in place for global prosperity, but the world seems okay with local contained conflicts. Even staunch allies of America have been mum on Russia, Syria, Iran, and Turkey, outside of regular communiqués of condemnation.
Israel of course, which has been screaming at the top of her lungs about Iran, continues to find itself isolated in its fear of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of a nation hell-bent on seeing the destruction of Israel.