…the sun continues to set on American influence abroad. Do we notice?
It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world’s population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States.
President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn’t. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came.
I think that “the worst humiliation ever” is hyperbole, but it’s certainly a bad humiliation. It seems that every time Obama personally attends one of these things, the result is rejection.