Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WOULD DONALD TRUMP OR BARACK OBAMA DO A GOOD JOB IF THEY COULD LEAD CHINA?
There is no US politician who is competent to lead China. US politicians do not lead. Unlike Chinese presidents, they have no intention of keeping their people secure or prosperous. They serve the billionaire class and make the poor poorer while provoking wars with nations all over the world on the flimsiest of pretexts. They look for instructions and signals from a certain number of powerful groups, including other political institutions, the military, arms manufacturers, the Israel lobby AIPAC (I have listed the groups that control the US from the shadows: https://www.quora.com/Is-China-a-bigger-threat-to-the-western-democracy-than-Russia/answer/Vince-Dhimos), and from the grassroots, which to a large extent mirror these elites in their attitudes and thinking – most of which is fantasy-based. For example, Americans have been indoctrinated to believe that certain world leaders are not worthy of their power and should be taken down either militarily or by regime-change actions. A chilling percentage of Americans, hearing these fairy tales, believe that countries far away who bear them no ill will whatsoever are mortal enemies of either America or Israel and, based on their cult-like belief in “Christian” Zionism, they want enormous amounts of free money and free weapons to be sent to Israel to kill Palestinians and Iranians, who are supposedly inherent enemies of freedom-loving and peace-loving peoples everywhere, without any need for proof of this factoid. The Chinese, by contrast, know that their only enemies are US-aligned Western countries that seek to destroy their economy, and these enemies are not imaginary. The anti-China smears are emblazoned 24/7 in the headlines of virtually every US media outlet.
Because of these severe impediments, no US politician can possibly focus sufficiently to solve the problems facing the people, notably economic problems. Their focus is strictly political, not reality based. They seek only votes, not peace or welfare for the people, although it must be said that Obama did manage to hammer out a deal with Iran that made the world safer for as long as it lasted. But on the other hand, his administration destroyed Libya and made a failed state out of Ukraine.
Chinese leaders, since they don’t have to jump through the hoops of Western-style “democracy,” can focus on actually solving problems. That is very ironic and may sound subversive to most Westerners but it is true.
Consider this: if US “leaders,” notably presidents, were free to solve real problems and had the ability to do so, the US would not have been at war almost constantly since WW II and it would not have accrued a debt significantly bigger than its annual GDP. Nor would the Federal Reserve be forced to print unbacked dollars in the trillions to pull out of the unwieldy debts – with each printing spree (quantitative easing) being labelled as a temporary measure, though this scheme is now a permanent fixture of US policy.
Thus there is something tragically, fatally wrong with the US political sphere and no politician who has successfully bowed to the wishes of the shadow government while managing to stay in sync with the grassroots enough to garner sufficient votes could ever deal with a reality-based job requiring actual economic skills and the diplomatic skills needed to avoid wars and keep the peace. In other words, requiring common sense and the intelligence of a higher mammal.
US presidents are not supposed to keep the peace and none has. Even Carter, a purported peace president, at the advice of Zbigniew Bzezinski, allowed his CIA to foment rebellion against the Russian-backed secular government in Afghanistan, which led to the ouster of Soviet troops but also to the strengthening of the Taliban, which has been a thorn in the Pentagon’s side since then. The Russians have always promoted secular governments in the Muslim world, but the US has preferred Islamists who solve legal problems by lopping off limbs and heads.
Obama, for instance, claimed to be fighting a war with terror, and though his air force possessed a large enough fleet of A-10 “Warthogs” and other fighter-bombers, during his “War on Terror,” we saw videos of ISIS terrorists in white Toyota trucks with machine guns mounted on their beds, driving merrily across a desert in broad daylight with no planes on their tail. Clearly, there was no attempt to stop these ISIS fanatics. At that point it was clear to thinking people that Obama was not even remotely waging a war on terror, unless you considered Assad’s army a bunch of terrorists — and in fact, that is how the US government saw it. (I have shown that ISIS was a creation of the US and its satellites: https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-sources-for-American-involvement-in-the-Middle-East-since-9-11-It-s-for-a-paper/answer/Vince-Dhimos). Thus the US president’s job is to pretend, for the sake of the press corps and the gullible grassroots, that the US was actually fighting terrorists when in fact it was striving to remake the Middle East in its own funhouse-mirror image. This kind of president would be completely out of place in either China or Russia, where real leaders do real jobs and there is no pretence – they clearly want to make their countries prosperous and are doing all it takes to accomplish that. It takes a special breed of leader to survive in the US environment of constant deception and treachery and that breed has no place in the Chinese hierarchy.
So what about Trump? Despite his promises, he is arguably less peace-like than Obama, having senselessly torn up the Iran deal, except that in this day and age, the US is up against Russia, which so far has blocked all Trump’s major intended conflicts, such as the would-be invasions of Venezuela and Iran. But the president is a master of smoke and mirrors, threatening to invade Iran and Venezuela, appointing an interim “president” in the latter, and really doing nothing substantial on the ground other than stupidly murdering an Iranian folk hero who is dear to both Iraqis and Iranians alike, all supposedly to defend the US people, who clearly were not in danger, but in a bid for re-election. Meanwhile, this amateurish heinous murder induced the Iraqi parliament to oust the US troops from their country.
Like Obama, he is all politics.
China and Russia have no use for such phony politicians and the people would never elect such a store front mannequin in the first place. If a Chinese politician started to behave like most recent US presidents, he would spend his life behind bars.
Thus it is absurd to even ask such a question as the one I am attempting to answer.
Xi is not remotely like a Western style politician. His life and policies require special treatment and I have provided some detail at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Why-are-African-countries-better-off-under-the-influence-of-the-USA-the-UK-and-France-than-under-China/answer/Vince-Dhimos
No US president could ever hold a candle to this man. Yet the US powers that be want Americans to hate and distrust him, and, sadly, their propaganda is having its usual mesmerizing effect.
Xi Jinping is, to say the least, an effective agent of a government who leads a real-world economy with the biggest and most efficient manufacturing force in the world by far. And he is not only competent to direct the economy but also has an army of experts by his side. Like his Russian colleagues, he has real experts in his cabinet, not the kind of US advisers who are chosen for name recognition. If you do a Google search for Chinese cabinet members, you will find departments staffed by experts with higher degrees in their areas of competence. Wang Yi, for example, the foreign minister, studied international relations and the Japanese language, in which he is fluent. In the US, by contrast, you will find not a single degree in international relations among the secretaries of state and ambassadors in the current administration. The US government is run almost exclusively by amateurs, ie, career politicians with scant skills in the performance of real world tasks. Trump was a successful business man but knows less than nothing about international relations or macroeconomics. He doesn’t need them. He is not expected to solve problems but only to create problems in such a way that he looks like he is solving them, at least to the extent needed to garner votes for himself and his party. That is all the GOP elites expect of him.
As for Obama, he was a polished orator and had degrees related to political science and economics. Good enough. However, his choice of secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, had no training related to international relations. And while the Obama administration worked to solve the problem of the Great Recession, his approach was simply to allow the Fed to issue unbacked dollars in a scheme known as quantitative easing, which has since given the US a ballooning out of control debt that many economists worry will someday cause the economy to slide and the dollar to lose its hegemony. One of the main problems is that this money created out of thin air has been lent to banks that were badly managed and should have been allowed to fail. This in turn created a culture in which badly managed or failing businesses also were given easy money by the Fed to buy back their own stocks, while the government bought its own Treasury bonds. It is a racket. By granting badly managed businesses easy money, the businesses that should have failed were never properly purged and weigh heavily on the economy. In China, by contrast, failing businesses are allowed to go bankrupt, thus purging the economy of these and allowing new better-run businesses to start up. Further, both Obama and Trump allowed Congress to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on weapons the US absolutely does not need.
US presidents sit idly by as the sleazy politicians in Congress and Senate vote exorbitant wads of cash to their cronies in the arms industry to sell arms of which only a tenth would be plenty to keep America safe. And these crooked pols and the presidents that support their racket concoct absurd hysterical tales alleging that Russia and China are about to take over the world and must be contained or stopped with all available measures, including trillions of dollars’ worth of weapons like the extravagantly priced and overrated F-35, which is supposed to be invisible to radar but shows up plainly on Russian radar, and is out-performed by the Russian Su-35, which flies 25% faster, is invisible to radar and has a significantly longer range. I have posted about the arms procurement scam at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Vladimir-Putin-continuously-tells-or-conveys-to-the-Russian-people-that-he-wants-to-challenge-America-militarily-Do-Russians-think-they-can-win-such-confrontation/answer/Vince-Dhimos.
All this Potemkin village weaponry has cost the taxpayer and Fed printing press unimaginable gobs of money that threaten to diminish the trust that investors have had in the US dollar and US Treasuries.
This is particularly critical during the current pandemic. We shall soon learn the ultimate fate of quantitative easing and unlimited debt.