Trump is making a bad mistake with his withdrawal from the WHO and his new actions against China. He is doing this solely to try to deflect blame for his inactivity, dismissive actions, and bad advice on the pandemic, and make China the “bad guy responsible.” Once again, his responses will make a bad situation worse. “No man is an island”, as the poet said, and no nation is going to be able to maintain the type of progress we and others have been able to make in the world, if we try to “go it alone”. Like it or not, the world is too complex and interlinked by need for resources and trade to be able to do that, and remain in “first world” status. This is especially true where containing infectious diseases is concerned. We have become complacent precisely because we have managed to contain infectious diseases and control our environment considerably. But we did not, and cannot, do that without working with many other people in many other places, sharing knowledge and science and helping each other. And economically, we depend on similar cooperation and sharing of knowledge, trade and efforts to produce a great many things, from food to the components of high technology. . . from smart phones to space flight. Trying to strong-arm and bully other great nations and take total advantage over other nations large and small won’t just “shoot ourselves in the foot” : it will cut ourselves off at the knees! We need to continue membership in the WHO, and the WTO, and NATO, and the UN, and pay our fair share to all, so we too can benefit from efforts made by them. And return to actual trade relationahips with other nations that are mutually beneficial.