Mr. Trump’s immigration policies have disrupted the reforms engineered by Republican Presidents Reagan and Bush and Democrats Clinton and Obama.
The US is the most powerful country in the world and yet it is the number one destroyer of order. This is the misfortune of the 21st century.
Neither the Christmas turkey nor the plum pudding may be quite delectable in the White House later this month after last Thursday’s watershed movement forward in the constitutional history of the United States.
Western engagement with China rested largely on a blithe and now utterly discredited assumption that economic liberalization would bring political freedoms.
The United States is schizophrenic, with President Donald Trump an unabashed admirer of Moscow while the rest of his government sees in it a new Soviet Union.
Washington plays these games when it has problems with China that have nothing to do with Tibet.
Mr Trump has shown no patience for the protracted negotiations and consensus-building that a sensible withdrawal would require.
The friction during the 2008-2013 period can be linked to the bilateral relationship in a way that is completely missing in the 2013-2018 period.
Arguably, however, it is America’s extraordinary ability to assimilate and leverage immigrant talent – not to mention defending America’s allies when called for – that has made the United States a superpower.
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people as Donald Trump’s. Before Trump, no post-war President has consistently challenged the core democratic values underlying American foreign policy.