Thumbing through this work will give you an almost prophetic ability for the next few years. That is, if you were to expect Trump’s major upset victory during the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. Why? All of the controversies related to Trump’s international stance towards other nations and his ostensibly arbitrary, yet harmful policies for the United States’ reputation abroad, on the whole, are detailed in “Crippled America”. It’s a title so chosen to emphasize or imply Donald Trump as the solution, the genius “un-crippler” for the U.S. Just leave the parts about Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, and a few others out.
For instance, just reading the first chapter gives away Trump’s clear distaste of Barack Obama’s decision to broker a deal with Iran and fits perfectly as a prelude to his decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, or more formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). His delineation of winning and losing mindsets and characters, appears with remarkable frequency, an appropriate throwback to his artistry of deal-making. While adopting such a strategy of declarative winning and losing appeared to work with Trump’s spineless Republican opponents (i.e. Jeb) on the pulpit (and even with Hillary), the Russians and the Chinese appear not so easily swayed, especially on matters of technology, finance, and geopolitics.
To find or characterize our nation as “crippled” - at least in the publication year of this book, 2015 - feels either too cynical or inaccurate altogether. The idea of crippling carries heavily negative connotations in the context of a nation’s future as well, as the physical definition implies that there is little to no hope of recovery. If one cripples their hand, where is the optimism? Compare that to the optimistic choice of imagery for “Crippled America” for some real confusion. In the end, how should a reader prepare themselves given that context? However, we should not dismiss those that disagree with us and who are still willing to form the bridge for a dialogue to iron out the details of those differences. Donald Trump, whether you support him, hate him, or are indifferent towards him, is himself an American with a perspective, and all perspectives - no matter how cynical - deserve to understanding before judgment.