The President impetuously agreed to a summit meeting, with little if any consultation with experienced diplomats. That’s his style. That left officials scrambling to pick up the pieces. But what officials?
If the president wants sanctions to work he should use them as a scalpel, not as a blunderbuss.
A few absurd minutes were all it took for President Orange to destroy an edifice patiently constructed by all, for the good of all.
The unilateral abandonment of an agreement involving the principle world powers effectively positions the U.S. as an unpredictable, and therefore barely trustworthy, partner.
The age of American dominance is over, and Washington has much less power than in past decades.