Lost in the media hoopla over such minor issues such as Greta Thunberg’s climate change children’s crusade and the new push to talk about impeachment announced by Nancy Pelosi, President Trump delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly that ended the post-Cold War consensus over how the world should be run. The core paragraph of the speech illustrates that, according to the president, the world should be organized by countries pursuing their national self-interest, respecting the rights of other nations.
“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”
Trump suggested in his speech that the United States serves the world best by serving itself first, seeing to the strengths of its military, economy, and people. Moreover, he urged that other countries do the same. Alliances, including both trade and military, would be based on mutual self-interest.
The now-dead globalist approach to running the world was expressed in a speech delivered by then-President George H. W. Bush to a joint session of Congress on Sept 11, 1990. The address, delivered during the build-up to the first Gulf War that would eventually drive Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, has been called the “New World Order Speech.”
“Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective — a new world order — can emerge: a new era — freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony.”
On the face of it, what Bush said was noble and good, according to many analysts at the time. The 20th Century had seen two world wars and the “long, twilight struggle” of the Cold War. What if the world community could band together to manage the world, restraining tyrants and promoting peace and prosperity?
When Donald Trump became president almost 27 years later, he had won decrying some of the real-world outcomes of Bush’s New World Order. He had campaigned against a series of wars in which, in his view, the United States took an unfair burden. He railed at trade agreements that had been signed at the expense of American companies and American workers. He has set out to rectify that state of affairs and has now explained to the so-called world community what he has done and why he did it.
Trump did not suggest that the United States is withdrawing from the world. He used his address to list some of the problem areas in the world and what the United States is doing to solve them.
Trump-related how he is trying to bring China, whose predatory trade and economic practices had been hitherto tolerated, to heel. He suggested that his trade tariffs are not an end in and of themselves but are a tool to compel China to behave more like a civilized country, stopping several practices such as the theft of intellectual property. The goal is a better, fairer trade deal that would benefit both countries.
He noted that Iran has, for 40 years, misbehaved on the world stage, fostering terrorism, pursuing nuclear weapons, and despoiling its people with theocratic rule and dysfunctional economic policies. Trump has preferred using economic sanctions rather than military attacks to alter Iran’s behavior.
After touching on the efforts to wind down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the quest to get North Korea to disarm its nuclear weapons, Trump proceeding to the problem of illegal immigration, normally thought of as a domestic policy concern. He cast the problem as an international one.
“Here in the Western Hemisphere we are joining with our partners to ensure stability and opportunity all across the region and that mission one of our most critical challenges is illegal immigration which undermines prosperity, rips apart societies and empowers ruthless criminal cartels–mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe and unsustainable for everyone involved.”
The president noted that illegal immigration is a worldwide problem. He asserted that nations have the right to defend their borders and that the “open borders” advocates favored policies that are “cruel and evil” that undermine “human rights and human dignity.”
The judgment of history is still out on President Trump’s new doctrine. But Hot Air has a great initial reaction. “Trump wanted to spike the football on diplomacy’s biggest international stage and warn that he won’t be intimidated. Even if that message got sent more quietly than usual, it still got delivered. more quietly than usual, it still got delivered.”