(Jewish News Syndicate) A post-liberal Biden government is poised to succeed the right-populist Trump administration. Those yearning for an after-Trump “return to normality” will be disappointed, liberal and conservative Jews included.
More than a disrupter, Trump was an accelerant—former U.S. President Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” on steroids. Despite his corrosive discrediting of the election results, Trump’s transformations could be positive as well as negative.
For example, he delivered what previous presidents, Republican and Democrat, only promised. He moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Contrary to the foreign-policy establishment, the Arab Middle East did not explode—maybe because it already had.
Obama initiatives that Trump reversed, including cash for Iran’s mullahs through the time-limited nuclear deal and encouragement of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, had contributed to the region’s post-“Arab Spring” conflagration. The result was tens of millions of refugees, hundreds of thousands of dead, failed or failing states from Yemen to Syria and Egypt, and expansionism by Turkey.