Asli Aydintasbas, a Turkish journalist, tells us that he is rooting for Trump, because he thinks we deserve him.
[W]hen my American friends ask what I think of Donald Trump, I tell them outright: â€œI sure hope he gets to be the president.â€ They tend to look at me with horror, and search my face for signs that Iâ€™m joking. â€œSo you get a little taste of what we have all been going through in the rest of the world,â€ I add by way of explanation.
I really cannot wait to see the first bilateral meeting between Vladimir Putin and Trump, the initial handshake with Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan or the sunny photo with Venezuelaâ€™s NicolÃ¡s Maduro. The meeting with South Africaâ€™s Jacob Zuma will be fun and the White House visit with Azerbaijanâ€™s Ilham Aliyev will undoubtedly be overshadowed by a next-door meeting of the glamorous first ladies.
Politics â€” and American politics particularly â€” has long been too scripted, too sanitized. Isnâ€™t it time to inject some life into the boring song and dance of international diplomacy?
The majority of people on this planet live under corrupt and authoritarian regimes, some of which are close allies of Washington. So now you are getting yours too â€” whatâ€™s the big deal! I tell my panicked U.S. friends.
Besides, think of the upsides to a Trump presidency. What a breath of fresh air it would be to have an undiplomatic, swaggering U.S. president who could, for example, comment about Angela Merkelâ€™s hair, joke about the robe of the Saudi king, or finally ask the French president Hollande about his love life. Politics â€” and American politics particularly â€” has long been too scripted, too sanitized. Isnâ€™t it time to inject some life into the boring song and dance of international diplomacy?
But, of course, if the experiences of Turkey, Hungary, Venezuela and the rest of the world are anything to go by, the fun doesnâ€™t end with diplomatic eccentricity â€” there will be laws to change, judges to appoint, newspapers to reckon with, elites to sacrifice at the altar, and businesses to shape up. At each and every turn, you would be surprised how many gather to watch the heads roll.
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