When it comes to international chess, Trump is a master

Bishop on e6.

It was the name of the 17th move in what is commonly known as “the game of the century” when, on October 17, 1956, 13-year-old Bobby Fischer defeated 26-year-old chess master Donald Byrne and shot the chess game. upside-down world. Fischer’s move offered a sacrifice from his queen, which Byrne accepted, but Fischer then followed with a series of planned and precise attacking moves eventually leading to checkmate.

{mosads}When Fisher made the gesture, those who knew chess and were stuck in conventional paradigms, common strategies and established protocols gasped in horror as they clearly realized the young prodigy had lost his mind, his nerves or both. Others, perhaps less learned, wondered what he was doing without having the slightest idea. Then there would have been the quirky, unorthodox thinkers of their time who would have dropped their jaws, slumped in their seats and thought, “Oh my God, I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s awesome.

Since taking office, President Trump has not only metaphorically translated Fischer’s insightful and creative audacity into his foreign policy, but he has done so in a cascade of new actions previously unimaginable.

For the eight years before President Trump took office, we had an American apologist in the White House. Before that, we had eight years of a president who was part international peacemaker and part obsessed with a desert wasteland called Iraq. Neither was ambitious, concerned, or courageous enough to tackle the pressing issues of world order that were eroding America’s significance and strength.

And now here comes America-First Donald J. Trump, tackling every problem and adversary left alone by his predecessors to fester and grow stronger.

The president has made multiple advances on several diplomatic and military fronts. The measures are so drastic that it is hard to grasp that he has only been in office for just over 500 days.

As far as China is concerned, since the “Nixon Overture” in 1972, administration after administration has been obsessed with expanding our trade relationship with this sleeping giant of whom Napoleon warned “let her sleep. Because when she wakes up, she will move the world. Decades later, non-communist but highly fascist, China has militarized its economy to take advantage of Western greed for cheap goods. Today, he holds nearly $2 trillion in US debt, while our trade deficit with him was around $367 billion in 2017.

President Trump has had the courage to stand up against free trade fanatics (an aside: we’ve never had free trade with China) and those obsessed with appeasement of the Chinese so as not to risk a conflict. His early moves on pricing and tone seem to have caught their attention. While China is wide awake and not going back to sleep, President Trump is asserting American power to ensure that China stops displacing our world.

With the G-7 summit recently concluded, the president again took decisive action when, at the end of the event, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired shots at the president and his trade policies after his departure. By rescinding America’s endorsement in the summit’s joint communiqué, Trump showed that under his leadership, the United States is much like John Wayne’s character, JB Books, in “The Shootist”: it will not be harmed , they will not be insulted and they will win. t get your hands on it. Even by his allies.

The president also floated the idea of ​​Russia being allowed back into the G-7. This was met with predictable hysteria from allies and the press. Since everyone agrees that Vladimir Putin isn’t the guy you’d call your daughter’s godfather, they conclude that he can’t be part of any alliance. But Putin is not the worst Russian leader the United States has ever considered a relationship with: Josef Stalin made Putin a Nobel Peace Prize winner by comparison; we fought alongside Stalin to defeat a more threatening threat in Hitler. Today, the combination of Islamic terror and Chinese muscle flexing seems to make an alliance with Russia a bold and revolutionary idea.

Then there is the summit with Kim. The president’s mastery of bringing Kim to the table, while stepping out of “The Art of the Deal,” is potentially a step towards what every beauty pageant contestant wants – world peace. The steps he has taken in this effort have an impact on China, Iran and every other nation in the world. We’ll see where it leads but whatever happens to this meeting, the president always plays a long game. This long game restores America’s position as a world leader.

America’s “best and brightest” are not those in long-term elected political office. America’s best are the men and women of enterprise. It is those in the private sector who innovate, take calculated risks, build things, grow things, produce wealth; they make decisions based on opportunities for growth and returns. Typical politicians make decisions designed to protect themselves from risk and to enhance their power, privilege and prestige.

Donald Trump walked straight into the Oval Office as a titan of industry. He now manages US foreign policy as he would his business enterprise. It maximizes the value of the American brand. He boldly tackles new markets. He looks at lost markets and decides how to get them back. He determines what his unproductive divisions are and abandons them.

This is the new America, Inc. – a mature nation that, through mismanagement and bad decisions, has lost its place in the marketplace. Now, under new management, it brings back the lines that made it great and adds new ones to secure its future place at the top of the nation-state category.

The parallels with Fischer end here. Trump is unlikely to want or need to sacrifice the American queen.

Charlie Kirk (@CharlieKirk11) is the founder and president of Turning United Statesa conservative non-profit organization that aims to educate students about free market values.

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