Attitudes about U.S. Leadership and Alliance Solidarity will Never be the Same. Really?

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Another anti-Trump screed has this morning dropped at the Globe and Mail, this one penned by two heavyweights of the Canadian foreign-policy establishment—Derek Burney, a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S., and Fen Osler Hampson, director of Global Security and Politics at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Eschewing diplomatic language in favour of hyperbole—e.g. cavalcade of recent horrors, a narcissistic leader, shambolic approach to global affairs, naive flirtations, blind loyalty, mercantilist lunges, the latest frenzy—Burney and Hampson decry the president's theatrics at Charlevoix, Brussels and Helsinki; they aver that he actually believes America's traditional allies are now enemies; and they suggest that America's "more customary foes," including Russia and North Korea, are taking full advantage of him at no cost. Canadians are identified as "erstwhile allies" of the U.S., leaving them "little choice other than to sharpen their defences, hunker down against the storm and seek to dilute their dependence." All are well-rehearsed criticisms of Trump's capricious presence on the international stage, and without question the authors have the authority to give them out-sized clout.

Here's where things get interesting.

Burney and Hampson acknowledge that "no one really knows where all this is headed." Then they offer this parting volley. "The seeds of discontent in the United States that Mr. Trump is fertilizing will continue to bear fruit after he leaves the White House. Attitudes about U.S. leadership and alliance solidarity will never be the same."

Really? Never?  Loyalty to the seventy-year-old Western alliance that defeated Nazism and Communism, gave us NATO, NORAD, the U.N. and the W.T.O., and bankrolled the unprecedented prosperity and security of the twenty-first century world will not survive the Trump presidency?

What is the evidence?