Friday, March 08, 2019

Trump is pushing for the steepest decline of American power in its entire history

Charging foreign hosts of American troops the full cost of housing and transporting those forces, plus a 50% markup will mean the closure of U.S. bases abroad, which means a steep reduction in American influence and its ability to project its power abroad.

I don't necessarily view that as a bad thing. If there were no U.S. bases abroad it would, for example, make a U.S. invasion of Iran impossible. But there is no way this is what Trump supporters had in mind when they expected him to "make America great again."