Remember the end of the West? That was what many commentators (including me) foretold when Donald Trump won the American presidency in November.
Causes for alarm abounded. The candidate’s own heedless and contemptuous remarks about allies and alliances; the exotic and eccentric characters at the top of his campaign; the stench of Russian penetration – all of them suggested that America’s role as the leader of the free world was over.
Two months later, those fears are abating. Though bizarre and risky behaviour still crops up with alarming regularity – such as discussing the North Korean missile test by the light of …read more