Friday, September 28, 2018

Christopher R. Hill — Reclaiming American Internationalism

US President Donald Trump has managed to attract support for his "America First" isolationism not by dint of his own arguments, but because the US foreign-policy establishment abandoned its own values. After decades of thoughtless military interventionism, it is little wonder that Americans would seek an alternative.…
A grownup speaks on semi-official channel. The voices of the grownups have been suppressed in the corporate media and only found expression in alternative media.

One can be for liberal internationalism but against liberal interventionism as both against international law unless mandated by the UNSC, and also as not only unproductive but also damaging, without being "unpatriotic" by opposing US foreign and military policy.

Liberal interventionism, neoconservatism, and war hawkishness have all but destroyed American soft power through reliance on hard power.

What US leaders don't seem to understand is that they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg out of lust for power and greed for global hegemony.

Actually, if America created "empire" by pursuit of liberalism through soft power, it would be win-win for all, since it would facilitate commerce and raise the level of global prosperity while also increasing the level of collective consciousness.

Empires have advantages but those advantages are lost when they get in their own way by decreasing the common good instead of increasing it through greater efficiency and lower transaction costs, while spreading positive values culturally through exchange.

Instead, the US has adopted a policy of "My way or the highway," and "If you are not with us, you are against us." The result is the winding down of the unipolar world order operative since WWII and the rise of a multipolarism that is tending toward a resumption of great power politics.

Dumb and short-sighted. It will end badly.

Project Syndicate
Reclaiming American Internationalism
Christopher R. Hill |  formerly US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland, a US special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief US negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009; nos Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement, Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver, and the author of Outpost.

Also at PS

Mark Leonard makes some good points but puts the US blame on President Trump when the issues began with JFK's invasion of Cuba and Vietnam, LBJ's escalation of the war, Richard Nixon' s expansion of the war to all of Indochina, Jimmy Carter's unwise embrace of Zbigniew Brzezinski and his grand chess board policy, Ronald Reagan's jingoistic foreign adventures, G. W. H. Bush's invasion of Kuwait, Bill Clinton's invasion of Yugoslavia and advance of NATO, G. W. Bush invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Barack Obama's invasion of Libya and Syria. Donald Trump's appointment of John Bolton and Nikki Haley are continuation's of that failed approach. So Leonard's recommendation to return to it is nonsense.

Present at the DestructionMark Leonard | Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations

1 comment:

Konrad said...

“Mark Leonard makes some good points, but he puts the US blame on President Trump…”

Leonard suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), which makes people imagine that the USA was peaceful and benevolent until Trump, and that the USA would have remained peaceful and benevolent under Hillary.

TDS carriers regard the CIA, NSA, FBI, etc. as saintly, whereas peace and diplomatic de-escalation are evil.

Filmmaker Michael Moore is a TDS carrier. There are many videos of Moore condemning Hillary as a warmonger and a Wall Street puppet. But when Trump won the Republican nomination, Moore caught TDS and did an about-face, saying it was imperative that we support the warmonger and Wall Street puppet Hillary. For Moore, it is imperative that “progressives” support neoliberal Democrats.

TDS makes people blame everything on Trump and Republicans, while simultaneously making Democrats more Republican than the Republicans.

TDS makes the #Resistance imagine that they are “resisting” Trump while they support Trump’s wars.

TDS makes liberals utterly intolerant in their warped demand for “tolerance.” It makes liberals scream for “diversity,” meaning a global purge of all straight white males (except for wealthy white males).

Liberals and conservatives both suffer from TDS. The two forms of TDS are mirror images. TDS makes conservatives as intolerant regarding climate change as liberals are with political correctness. Conservative TDS makes right-wingers imagine that anyone who supports socialism is a social justice warrior who suffers from liberal TDS.

Corporate media outlets push TDS in service to the rich. TDS causes liberals and conservatives to argue about identity politics while both sides ignore the ever-widening gap between rich and poor.