Der Spiegel Joins the Resistance

The conversation turned to Mr. McCain’s opposition to Mr. Trump’s nominee for C.I.A. director because of her past ties to an interrogation program that used torture on terrorist suspects. “It doesn’t matter,” Ms. Sadler said, “He’s dying anyway.” [New York Times]

IT IS futile to argue about civility.

There is none in the Trump era.

A dying war hero is used for verbal sport.

World alliances are worthless.

The new cover from Der Spiegel, one of the most respected publications in Germany. This is how our friends in Europe see Trump’s America. This matters. When America First actually means America Alone, the United States is significantly weaker. – Brian Klaas [Twitter]

Der Spiegel didn’t stop at the cover.

… The most shocking realization, however, is one that affects us directly: The West as we once knew it no longer exists. Our relationship to the United States cannot currently be called a friendship and can hardly be referred to as a partnership. President Trump has adopted a tone that ignores 70 years of trust. He wants punitive tariffs and demands obedience. It is no longer a question as to whether Germany and Europe will take part in foreign military interventions in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is now about whether trans-Atlantic cooperation on economic, foreign and security policy even exists anymore. The answer: No. It is impossible to overstate what Trump has dismantled in the last 16 months. Europe has lost its protective power. It has lost its guarantor of joint values. And it has lost the global political influence that it was only able to exert because the U.S. stood by its side. And what will happen in the remaining two-and-a-half years (or six-and-a-half years) of Trump’s leadership? There is plenty of time left for further escalation…

Any citizen against Trump’s presidency is part of the resistance, however, the most potent act to rid us of the ignorantly dangerous man in the White House remains the ballot box.

Robert Mueller will continue until Rod Rosenstein is fired and replaced.

Leaders around the world intend to move swiftly on without consideration for the United States.

Trump has cut off America from the world.

We must not let him cut us off from our humanity.