But with his walls and withdrawals, Trump is all but transforming America’s national symbol from the eagle to the turtle, retreating ever more into its own shell, disengaged, disconnected, oblivious.
Trump has now created one new nuclear crisis and raised the stakes on an existing one. Trying to solve both peacefully after taking a wrecking ball to key US partners in Europe and Asia is a tall order for the gambler-in-chief.
If the prospect of winning the discredited bauble encourages them, so much the better. If not, giving the unlikely pair the Nobel peace prize can’t hurt. After all, both would slip easily into the cloaks of hypocrisy worn so well by many previous honorees.