Parallel Universe


Imagine a parallel universe. An American president goes to Europe. In Poland she pledges to defend Western values. She states her commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty. She refuses to waffle on two policies that got her elected—restrictions on steel imports and withdrawal from the Paris accord. She meets the Russian president, negotiating a partial ceasefire in the Syrian war and agreeing to ongoing bilateral talks. She meets the leaders of Japan and South Korea, affirming that U.S. patience with North Korean belligerence has limits. Her critics loathe her as much as ever, but they retain some vestigial capacity to discuss politics in political terms.