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A G-7 Fiasco to Remember

Without U.S. leadership, the world is a more dangerous place.

Bull in a talk shop. 

Bull in a talk shop. 

Photographer: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

Although Group of Seven summits rarely produce much of value, they can generally be relied on to avoid making things worse. This weekend’s gathering in Biarritz, France, was a notable exception. With concerns about the global economy mounting, and security and environmental challenges demanding fresh purpose and clarity from the U.S. and its allies, the summit only compounded the risks.

There’s no mystery about who to blame: an American president who has made chaos his method of government and renounced the global leadership role that all his modern predecessors, much to the U.S.’s benefit, were eager to discharge.