Washington under siege

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I’ve seen Bush give way to Obama, then Obama give way to Trump. The outgoing president will not have the nobility to accompany his successor so worthily. Can we really be surprised?

Trump’s presidency is in its final groans. There are only three days left, the perfect time to put a little perspective on this end of reign as disorderly as the four years which preceded it.

I still remember well how impatient everyone was in January 2009 to see George W. Bush leave the White House. The United States was waging not one, but two major wars in the Middle East with tens of thousands of troops on the ground.

The economy’s dramatic plunge into what would become the Great Recession made the changing of the guard even more pressing. Bush’s presidency had been controversial, but in the uproar of his departure his team passed on to their successor a well-oiled machine, solidified by a successful transition from Henry Paulson to Tim Geithner in finance, from Condoleeza Rice to Hillary Clinton in foreign affairs. .


The Obama years have not been easy, from the end of the economic crisis to the birth of the Islamic State through interracial tensions and the rise of the “Tea Party”. Yet the 44e president left his unexpected successor with an unemployment rate of 4.7% and a slow but steady growth economy.

Impossible to forget this transition: a mess! Neither Trump, nor his campaign team, nor even the Republican Party expected to overtake Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. His very first decisions – a string of head shots from the president-elect – set the tone for four years of turmoil and confusion.

Read what Rex Tillerson, Trump’s first secretary of state, said about his ex-boss in the latest issue of Foreign Policy : “His understanding of world events, world history, United States history was limited. Hard to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand why we are talking about this. “


The pandemic kills at least 4,000 per day in the United States and the best way to fight it – a mass vaccination – has been so mismanaged that the new president will have to start from scratch.

Trump’s lies about a stolen election victory have sparked such an outburst of violence that the U.S. capital is under siege.

Over the years, I have spent weeks with Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and Bosnia. I followed the 20,000 American soldiers at the end of 1994 to ensure the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti. I have never seen so many troops in peacetime as in Washington now.

Donald Trump arrived at the White House as a rebellious and rebellious politician. He leaves as an outcast with a trail of hatred following him. The glory will have really been fleeting.





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