Front page of today’s New York Times. “As US Steps back on Trade, Allies Move on,” Peter Goodman, correspondent from London, writes:
In the master plan advanced by President Trump, an unabashedly aggressive United States is supposed to retain its rightful perch as the center of the commercial universe, wielding its economic dominance to dictate the rules to the rest of global trade.
As it turns out, the rest of the planet has its own ideas.
Gee, what a wonderful way to say we don’t all think the same. And what sounds good, sometimes isn’t! Two beautifully written sentences in the morning goes well with coffee and toast.
The rest of the article adds more details on the collaboration between the European Union and Japan on trade. It certainly adds to other stories of the day, such as the Qatar crisis, where unintended consequences can be completely contrary to the original intent of a strategy.
Madeleine Albright got it right when she said international relationships should be considered more like a game of billiards rather than a game of chess. The balls in billiards are all clustered together, but when hit, they go in different directions.