Such an affront to Germany — formally such a close ally — would have been unconscionable a few years ago.
There is very little to suggest that both sides can resolve this conflict for the long term — how would they do it anyway?
Trump made it clear early on that he does not care about negative reporting about him, as long as he enjoys the lion’s share of attention
The extent of amateurish blundering is terrifying.
America’s hand is too strong.
The recent discussion over our national anthem is also part of the pathetic image that we project.
Given the circumstances, there is a danger of both sides pushing escalation past a point of no return. And John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor, already got one war he wanted in 2003.