The United States of Embarassment
Paris Climate Accords. Children in cages. Iran Nuclear Deal. Since President Trump took the oath of office in January 2016, United States foreign policy has rapidly deteriorated into caging children and Twitter wars with foreign leaders, subsequently trashing this country’s global standing. As the United States throws temper tantrums because of China, Iran, and North Korea’s “Little Rocket Man,” our country exhibits unchecked aggression towards any nation that slights President Trump’s ego, erasing the superpower reputation previous leaders have taken so long to cultivate.
Undoubtedly, the most abrasive act of foreign intervention in this presidential term occurred on January 3rd, 2020, when President Trump authorized a drone strike against Iranian General Soleimani. This political assassination in Baghdad, Iraq was an opportunity previous presidents passed up in the fear that tensions would escalate between the two nations. However, this current president held no such inhibitions, impacting the events to follow—Iranian missiles shot at a United States military base and a commercial airline, resulting in the death of 290 passengers and crew.
Rather than defaulting to diplomacy to maintain some sense of stability, President Trump further entrenched this country as one of Iran’s primary enemies, something other administrations are likely unable to solve within the length of one or two presidential terms. When the United States eviscerated all remnants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018, commonly referred to as the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, this nation lost its most crucial tool to restrain Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and peacefully resolve international clashes—diplomacy. The United States blatantly ignored guidelines that the Obama administration set and turned the United States into a mockery on the world stage. As Iran slowly assimilated into the global economy by abiding by the rules of the deal, Europe integrated them into international trade while the United States decided to let their reckless Commander-in-Chief make arguably the most disastrous choice of this administration. Now, the slightest of differences between the two nations hold the potential to unnecessarily intensify as 3 AM shower thoughts tell President Trump who to kill and what to tweet next.
Instead of recognizing Iran as a formidable adversary in a vastly important region of the world for the United States, he threw common sense out the window in favor of an impulsive decision that continues to have long-lasting consequences. By alienating the United States from a sophisticated foreign policy, we are left without many allies to push for change in a meaningful way. The American beacon is undoubtedly dimming and I fear the darkness may soon become irreversible. As a result, this country has become what it tried so hard to avoid—the laughing stock of the developed world.
*Disclaimer: This editorial is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of The Lake or Standley Lake High School.