Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday, while commenting on an article published by Business Insider which said the United States’ main allies are abandoning Donald Trump as his threats to world leaders have backfired.
“Trump's decision to assassinate Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has exposed a growing rift between the US and its historically closest allies in Europe,” according to the analysis.
“The attack was met with a remarkable level of criticism by European leaders,” it said.
“The UK threatened to cut back on its long-standing defense alliance with Trump, and Germany suggested openly that the importance of its relationship with the US was declining,” it noted.
Professor Etler said, “Trump’s brazen ‘America First’ foreign policy was bound to backfire. The mystery is how long it’s taken. This can be attributed to a certain inertia in the relationship between Washington and its allies in Europe and elsewhere. The Western alliance, with few exceptions, had held fast for seven decades following WW2 and it would take considerable effort to derail it.”