The rise of President Trump was a symptom, not the cause, of the decline of the post-war world order, argues Victor Davis Hanson of National Review. He recognizes that the system is broken and is protecting the US from costly engagements. Countries like China or Turkey have shown that the free trade of goods and ideas will not make them adopt Western democratic values. Supposed allies like Germany don’t meet their NATO spending requirements and have a huge trade surplus with the US. The global order is declining, at a high cost to the US. Trump rose to power because of it and is rightly pulling out of deals that aren’t beneficial for America.
President Trump has introduced a worldview that sees little value in the global order that America has championed in past decades, writes Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institute. Global trade and a strong alliance system have given the US great soft power, which Trump doesn't recognize. Furthering the liberal order and free trade is in America’s interest. The “America First” model prioritizes enriching the US without much regard to other countries’ interests. This can diminish international cooperation and hurts peace. His affinity for authoritarian leaders, ignoring their misdeeds also goes against America’s history of promoting justice.