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Obama Urged Trump To Keep U.S. Atop International Order

In 2008, Barack Obama was photographed by Doug Mills of the New York Times with the best-selling book, The Post-American World.  It was falsely interpreted and still is, as the former president leaning toward a Muslim’s perspective of a defeated America.  In reality, it’s an analysis of the rise of other nations, especially China, and what it means for the state of geopolitics. If this was not apparent enough, the Inauguration Day Letter from Obama to Trump should make it clear.

In the Inauguration Day letter, Barack Obama urged Donald Trump to keep the U.S. atop the international order.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

As it stands, the U.S. is drifting into a state of post-primacy, in which China could take the reins of international order. Unfortunately, many accept this without understanding the amoral compromises of such a transition. Just look at Silicon Valley, their relations in China, and the amorality of their overreach and compromise, which they accept to stay competitive while using unintentional doublespeak, “Don’t Be Evil’.

It would be disastrous to enter a state of U.S. post-primacy. It could deal irrevocable damage to the world and Western Culture. No one’s paying attention because of the endless groans of virtue signaling pseudo-intellectuals, who protests the ‘evils’ of the U.S., which pale in comparison to Communist China and most countries, in general.

It’s revealing and indicative of the state of geopolitics, that Obama would urge Trump in this way.

FULL LETTER

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,

BO