Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated the United States’ foreign policy since the Cold War.
This new “vision” will apparently come today in a speech. Let’s hope it is short, vague and soon forgotten.
In case you are wondering, I am an “America first” kind of guy myself. I believe that America can offer the world its best values, and to the extent that it does, I am proud of my country for doing so. I also believe that this enhances America’s role in the world.
But the vision that Donald Trump is about to lay out is very different. He will phrase America’s role in the world in terms of using its power rather than values. The argument is about as simple as it gets — America is powerful, and therefore it will “win”. Well, America is indeed powerful. But we have already learned that the more America has to use that power (as we have in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) the less our power strengthens iour competitive advantage, and the less America adds value to the world. And the more power we rely on, the more we need because fewer allies will help us.
America becomes one of the global bad boys., exploiting rather than partnering. This is a recipe for America’s decline. And I for one, do not want that to happen.
Anyone for some hubris?