The issue is this: this direction has military and bipartisan support and has ultimately been in the works since the time of Nixon, thanks to our connection to the PetroDollar and the need to keep our Saudi relationship.[OPEC]
This is nothing new. Clinton didn’t make it. Obama didn’t make it. Bush didn’t make it. All the way back.
All Trump will be able to do is fold his arms and sulk in the captain’s cabin while the crew continues steering the ship without a leader.
This can be an issue.
If we break ties with Saudi and they establish relations with Russia or China instead, we then have to start ramping up fossil fuel exports like all of the other countries have to do, leading to the dollar having the same instability as the Euro and the Ruble.
Of course we _can_ go in that direction and perhaps the days of American Imperialism *should* finally end and we should let other countries decide our economic fate.
It’d be more fair at least.
It can’t be stopped but it can change direction. Honestly? I’d like to see a more fair planet. Let the Petro be indexed to the Ruble or the Yen for a few dozen years. Maybe they’ll do a better job than the USA at stabilizing world economy. Maybe they won’t.
But one thing it *will* do is make Trump richer. During the destabilization period, which can go on for a long time, who scoops up the cash? The people in the position to do so.
Our uneasy peace with distasteful regimes assists American financial stability: and we *are* a financially stable country, even with our debts, compared to most other countries in the world.